to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
What’s Up With GYGB? – Karim Beers
Get Your Greenback Tompkins has had a busy year, with several new initiatives underway. Karim Beers, the GYGB coordinator, updated us on Energy Navigators, Energy Advising, and a CSA support effort.
Energy Expo/Renewable Energy Fair – Discussion
Sara Hess recently convened a group of interested individuals to brainstorm about a possible energy expo/renewable energy fair. A lot of good ideas came out of the discussion and we shared these with the group and continued the conversation.
Tompkins County 2014 GHG Emissions Inventories – Ed Marx
The Tompkins County Planning Department has completed its 2014 inventories of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Use by the Tompkins County community and Tompkins County government operations. Ed Marx, Planning Commissioner, shared the key findings with the group.
Testbed Ithaca/Testbed Tompkins – Francis Vanek
Francis Vanek, Senior Lecturer and Research Assistant at Cornell’s School of Civil Engineering, explored how our local academic institutions, energy businesses, and grass-roots organizations could join hands to create what he calls “Testbed Ithaca,” an effort to leverage local energy solutions and innovative projects already underway to create an exportable model that could be used by other communities outside of Tompkins County.
2030 Districts Network Summit – Andrew Gil, Nick Goldsmith, and Guillermo Metz
Andrew Gil from HOLT Architects, Nick Goldsmith from City Hall, and Guillermo Metz from Cornell Cooperative Extension –Tompkins County will report on the 2016 Districts Network Summit in Toronto, which they attended as members of the Ithaca 2030 District Advisory Board.
Maplewood Redevelopment Project – Jeremy Thomas and Scott Whitham (55 min)
Jeremy Thomas, Senior Director of Cornell University Real Estate Department, and Scott Whitham, Principal of Whitham Planning and Design LLC, will discuss the sustainability, energy efficiency, and climate action elements of the Maplewood project. They will be joined by a representative from Taitem Engineering.
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, not all of them bad – just most of them.
The Green Buildings Policy Project – Nick Goldsmith
Nick Goldsmith, the sustainability coordinator for the City and Town of Ithaca, spoke with the group about a new green building initiative, Building for Energy Efficiency: Developing New Construction Standards for Ithaca. This project will involve conducting a comprehensive examination of policy tools that Ithaca can use to incentivize or mandate green building standards for new commercial and residential construction.
The Current State of Community Solar – Robb Jetty
Robb Jetty is the chief commercial officer at Renovus Solar. Robb provided an overview of recent changes in the community solar landscape in New York.
The Climate Justice Movement – Reed Steberger and Jane Whiting
Reed Steberger, the TCCPI assistant coordinator, and Jane Whiting, the youth representative for TCCPI, discussed the recent rise of the climate justice movement, exploring two questions: what does climate justice mean and why has it become central to the climate movement?
Distribution System Platform and the Energy Smart Community – Susan Mann and Drury MacKenzier
Susan Mann and Drury MacKenzer from Avangrid will provide us with an update on the Distributed System Implementation Plan (DSIP) and the Energy Smart Community project.
Airport Microgrid Project – Ed Marx
Ed Marx, the Tompkins County Planning Commissioner, will speak with the group about the Airport Microgrid project and answer questions about what’s next.
76 West – Brian Bauer
Brian Bauer is the Program Director of 76 West, a $20 million business competition and support program seeking to attract innovative, clean-energy businesses to the Southern Tier. Brian provided an update on the competition and next steps.
EEDTF Draft Report – Martha Armstrong
Martha Armstrong, Vice President and Director of Economic Development Planning at Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) presented an overview of Tompkins County Energy and Economic Development Task Force (EEDTF), which spent the last year studying ways to advance the County’s greenhouse gas emission goals while supporting the growth of jobs and the economy.
The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture – Michael Hoffmann
Mike is Executive Director of the Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture and Professor of Entomology at Cornell. He discussed the impact of climate change on agriculture, how it is affecting our menu, and the opportunities and challenges for agriculture in the northeastern U.S., as well as what Cornell and the Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture are doing in the state and region.
Methane after COP21 – Bob Howarth
Bob Howarth, the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology at Cornell, is giving a briefing at the White House on methane, shale gas, and the COP21 targets in late May and gave TCCPI members a sneak preview.
Geothermal at Cornell – Sarah Zemanick
Sarah Zemanick, the Director of Campus Sustainability at Cornell, provided a brief update on the latest thinking about geothermal at Cornell.
2016 NY Solar Outlook – Melissa Kemp
Melissa Kemp, Director of Commercial and Utility Development at Renovus Solar and member of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) board, where she serves as co-chair of the Policy Committee, spoke on recent trends in NY solar policy.
The New Energy Navigators Initiative – Karim Beers
Karim Beers, the coordinator of Get Your GreenBack Tompkins, introduced the group to the latest initiative from GYGB designed to help Tompkins residents reduce their carbon footprint and save money.
The Residential Energy Score Project – Emelie Cuppernell
Emelie Cuppernell of Performance Systems Development is the project manager for the Residential Energy Score initiative. She reported on the progress made since August, when she last spoke with us, regarding the effort to provide energy performance scores for local homes.
Update on Cayuga Power Plant – Irene Weiser
Irene Weiser is a member of the Caroline Town Board and the coordinator of Fossil Free Tompkins. She updated the group on the recent decision of the Public Service Commission.
Finger Lakes Land Trust and the Climate – Andy Zepp
Andy Zepp, the executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, updated the group on recent conservation efforts that are also having a positive impact on our community's carbon footprint.
Roundtable Updates on 2015 Accomplishments – All
Members shared their organization’s top climate protection and clean energy achievements in 2015 as well as a brief preview of for 2016.
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