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to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
CEC Demonstration Project, Pt. II – Scott Bochenek and Sara Culotta
Scott Bochenek, manager of Smart Grid Programs for Iberdrola USA, and Sara Culotta from Taitem Engineering picked up where we left off at our last meeting. After a quick review, we moved into a discussion about the project and people will have a chance to ask questions that we didn’t have time for in October.
Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Sustainability Plan – Ed Marx
Ed Marx is the Tompkins County Planning Commissioner. He presented a progress report on the Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Regional Sustainability Plan, with a particular focus on Tompkins County.
Action 1. Promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in residential and commercial buildings
Action 2. Develop a regional energy roadmap
Action 3. Explore and create financing options for renewable energy and energy efficiency systems
Action 5. Facilitate deployment of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems
Action 10. Facilitate use of biomass for heating
Action 11. Facilitate use of combined heat and power in private development projects and public facilities
Action 19. Encourage development and strategic investment in cities, villages, and hamlets
Action 23. Update local land use regulations and design codes and provide technical assistance to implement projects
Action 44. Incorporate anticipated climate projections, impacts and proposed mitigation strategies into Hazard Mitigation Plan updates
Tompkins County Energy Roadmap, Pt. 3 – Katie Borgella
Katie Borgella, deputy planning commissioner for Tompkins County, provided an overview of the public reaction so far to the Tompkins County Energy Roadmap and the various scenarios that have emerged for achieving the County's goal of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
CEC Demonstration Project – Scott Bochenek, Lou Vogel, and Sara Culotta
Scott Bochenek, manager of Smart Grid Programs for Iberdrola USA, Lou Vogel, president of Taitem Engineering, and his colleague Sara Culotta, discussed the status of the Community Energy Coordination (CEC) Demonstration Project. Among other goals, this effort seeks to improve collaboration between NYSEG and the community in order to create alignment with community energy goals.
Dataloggers Project – Howard Chong
Howard Chong, assistant professor of economics and sustainability at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, made a brief presentation on his new Dataloggers Project, which is gathering data on 200-500 houses in the Ithaca area focused on the overall thermal performance of these residences.
Climate Changers – Jim Armstrong
Jim Armstrong, the founder of locally-based Factivist, will present on his latest project, “Climate Changers”, an interactive web site designed to reveal how people around the world are taking action to address climate change. Factivist is a communications consulting practice that focuses on socially responsible and sustainably-based messaging.
2030 Districts Network Summit – Peter Bardaglio
Peter Bardaglio, coordinator of TCCPI, reported on the recent 2030 Districts Network Summit held in Cleveland. The Ithaca team, which included Martha Armstrong, Dave Astorina, Katie Borgella, and Nick Goldsmith, also visited Oberlin to find out more about the climate protection and sustainability efforts there.
The Residential Energy Score Project – Emelie Cuppernell
Emelie Cuppernell of Performance Systems Development is the project manager for the Residential Energy Score initiative. She spoke with the group about this new effort to provide energy performance scores for local homes. The goal of the project is to use market forces to improve the energy efficiency of existing housing stock by providing meaningful home performance information to future home buyers.
Climate Change in the News – Peter Bardaglio
It’s August so it’s time for a roundup of the news about climate change so far this year. Some big stories this year, not all of them bad. Just most of them.
The Tompkins County Energy Road Map, Pt. 2 – Katie Borgella and Max Zhang
Katie Borgella, deputy planning commissioner for Tompkins County, and Max Zhang, associate professor of engineering at Cornell University and project consultant for the Tompkins Energy Road Map, will pick up on last month's presentation and focus on the various scenarios that have emerged for achieving the County's goal of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Still using 20% of natural gas and all under 50% of potential except for light/appliance efficiency, which is at 80% of potential
Still using 55% of 2008 levels of natural gas, but:
No natural gas used at all in 2050 and all under 50% of potential except for:
Solar Cooperatives: Connecting Energy and Equity – Krys Cail
Building on last month’s discussion on energy and equity, Krys Cail presented on the potential for a shared solar consumer cooperative to offer low and moderate income residents the opportunity to help plan and own a shared, remote-net-metered solar installation, as well as benefit from lower electric bills. Krys is a longtime consultant focusing on small business and land use planning and a leading social justice and sustainability advocate.
Tompkins County Energy Road Map – Katie Borgella and Max Zhang
Katie Borgella, deputy planning commissioner for Tompkins County, and Max Zhang, associate professor of engineering at Cornell University and project consultant, shared a preliminary draft of the County’s energy road map for feedback and questions. The project is designed to assure that Tompkins County achieves its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
Remembering Lew Durland – All
The Energy-Equity Connection – Gay Nicholson and Elan Shapiro
Gay Nicholson, president of Sustainable Tompkins, and Elan Shapiro, a longtime community educator and activist, facilitated a conversation on the twin challenges of climate change and inequality. They have been members of a working group that has been meeting for several months now, exploring how to connect the dots between building a clean energy economy and addressing the issues of poverty, unemployment, and racial injustice.
Cayuga Lake Modeling Project – Bert Bland
Bert Bland, associate vice president for energy & sustainability at Cornell University, updated the group on the Cayuga Lake Modeling Project (CLMP). The CLMP, which began in 2012, is investigating the sources and fate of phosphorus in Cayuga Lake. The modeling project is a condition for Cornell to secure regulatory approval to continue operation of its Lake Source Cooling facility
Building TREE – Kendall & Mike Carpenter
Kendall and Mike Carpenter are the owners of AquaZephr, the construction firm for EcoVillage at Ithaca’s newest neighborhood, TREE. AquaZephr was named a 2014 winner of the US Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award for its work on this project. TREE is the third, and most energy efficient neighborhood at EVI. They discussed how they were able to build residential units that use 80-90% less energy for heating and hot water than typical homes in the Northeast U.S. for $100/ square foot.
The Methane Emissions Debate Four Years Later – Bob Howarth
On the 4th anniversary of his seminal paper with Tony Ingraffea and Rene Santoro, "Methane and the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations," Professor Bob Howarth presented an update on the new research since then, the resulting proposed policy and regulatory changes, and the ongoing debate. This was a reprise of the presentation Howarth and Ingraffea did at Cornell recently.
Smart Energy Community Program–Todd Cowen, Cindy Chadwick, and Clay Ellis
Todd Cowen is a professor in Cornell’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and associate director of energy at Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. He was joined by two representatives from NYSEG, Cindy Chadwick and Clay Ellis to discuss a new project to test the viability of the REV vision in Ithaca.
The MPowering Madison Project - Jim Armstrong
Jim Armstrong is the founder of Factivist, a mission-driven communications firm in Trumansburg. Jim shared his experience with the MPowering Madison Campaign, a highly successful effort in Madison, WI to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the use of renewable energy and strengthening energy efficiency and conservation efforts.
Waste Prevention in Tompkins County – Barb Eckstrom and Kat McCarthy
Barb Eckstrom is the Solid Waste Manager and Kat McCarthy is Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist at Recycling and Solid Waste(RSWC) of Tompkins County. They provided an update on the County's latest waste prevention initiatives
Flood Resiliency and Storm Water Management—Sharon Anderson and Becky Marjerison
Sharon Anderson is the Environment Team Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County and Becky Marjerison is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. They presented a progress report on their recent work regarding flood resiliency and storm water management
1) Volume of runoff (infiltration and saturated landscapes)
2) Capacity of culvert
Then determined relative capacity each culvert could handle by comparing runoff to capacity Repeated for predicted 2050 precipitation events
About one-quarter of culverts can handle only 1-year storms Excludes areas that have storm drains and sewer—also includes only road culverts, not driveway culverts Only about 25% of culverts can handle 25-year storm or biggerSummary & Future Study: Study does not take into account increase in development that would increase volume of runoff If each culvert considered adequate at its current relative capacity, with future changes 35% of culverts become less adequate—i.e. lower return period storm will overtop road New culverts should be designed for future precipitation conditions Will go out into field in spring and redo some of this study and continue working on other areas Goal of current work was to demonstrate proof of concept Will be looking at use of compost in such areas as road ditches to decrease runoff Flooding Task Force in city looking at how mitigation upstream can reduce downstream problems—culverts key factor in managing upstream runoff.
Land Use Regulations and Sustainability, Pt. II – Mina Amundsen and David Kay
Mina Amundsen is the current Director of Capital Budget and Integrated Planning. Previously, she served as the University Planner for Cornell University from 2002 to 2013. David Kay is a Senior Extension Associate with the Community & Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) in the Department of Development Sociology and serves on the boards of several city, town, county and New York State State not-for-profit and government organizations concerned with sustainability and municipal land use planning.