Keep It Cool Tompkins – Tilden Chao and Abigail Glickman
Tilden and Abigail are local high school students who won one of Sustainable Tompkins’ Youth Climate Challenge grants to carry out a Keep It Cool Tompkins project aimed at educating businesses about converting to climate-friendly refrigerants. They shared their findings with the group on this important climate protection issue.
Energy Smart Community Residential Customer Survey – Charleen Heidt
Charleen serves as the community outreach coordinator of the NYSEG Energy Smart Community program. She present the results of the latest Energy Smart Community Residential Customer Survey.
Talanoa Dialogue Report – Allison Chatrchyan
Allison is the director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions and Senior Research Associate in the Departments of Development Sociology and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.
Tompkins County Business Energy Advisors Program – Andrea Aguirre
Andrea, senior planner and energy specialist in the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability, discussed the Business Energy Advisors program, which assists business owners to evaluate energy efficiency and renewable energy options for new construction, renovation, and expansion projects.
2030 Districts Network Summit – Peter Bardaglio
Peter serves as the executive director of the Ithaca 2030 District. He provided an overview of the recent 2030 Districts Network Summit and the key issues addressed there.
Repowering Cayuga Power Plant – Irene Weiser
Irene Weiser, co-founder of Fossil Free Tompkins and member of the Caroline Town Board, examined the recent proposal to repower the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing with natural gas and updated the group on the efforts of No Fracked Gas Cayuga (nofrackedgascayuga.org/) to stop this proposed conversion.
The NYSEG RFP for Nonpipe Alternatives – Irene Weiser and Ken Schlather
NYSEG recently issued an RFP for nonpipe alternatives in Tompkins County that failed to attract much interest from developers. Irene and Ken Schlather, the executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, explained how NYSEG plans to reissue the RFP and what that means for the community.
Empower Equity – Herb Dwyer
Herb Dwyer is the CEO of Empower Equity (Empeq), Inc., a subscription-based service focusing on energy efficiency, including heat pumps, for small and midsize businesses. Herb provided an overview of the goals and approach of the company, which has offices in Ithaca and New York City and is a member of REV: Ithaca Startup Works and the Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator in Binghamton.
Climate Change in the News – Peter Bardaglio
If it’s August, then it must be time for a review of the year’s climate change developments. This summer, in particular, has seen a wave of extreme weather events in the northern hemisphere. Peter explored why this has been happening, shifts in American attitudes towards climate change in 2018, and recent trends in federal climate policy.
Mid-Scale Wind Development in Tompkins County – Gentry Rouse
Gentry Rouse is the Business Development Manager of Northern Power Systems. Tompkins County has contracted with Northern Power Systems to carry out a distributed wind project feasibility study. Gentry provided an overview of the study and its goals.
Talanoa Dialogue – Allison Chatrchyan and Mitch Lee
A continuation of our conversation from June with Allison Morrill Chatrchyan, Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions and Senior Research Associate in the Departments of Development Sociology and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, and Cornell student Mitch Lee about organizing a community event this fall to gather input for COP24 in December.
The Park Foundation’s Environment Program – Amy Panek
Amy Panek serves as Senior Program Officer for the Park Foundation’s Environment Program. Amy provided an overview of the various initiatives supported by the Park Foundation in this area.
Cornell’s North Campus Expansion – Discussion
Cornell has announced new plans for the expansion of the North Campus. There is significant concern in the community about the possible use of natural gas for this project. Cornell will be submitting a Site Plan Review application to the City and Town of Ithaca later this summer, accompanied by a detailed energy analysis as part of the SEQR environmental assessment.
The Talanoa Dialogue and COP24 – Discussion
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is asking stakeholders around the world to provide input ahead of the climate negotiations in December at COP 24. The process for collecting this input is called the Talonoa Dialogue. Countries, cities, and NGOs across the globe are conducting dialogue meetings and sharing their responses with the UN to highlight the urgency of stronger climate action. How can TCCPI work with members of the Cornell delegation to participate in this process?
Tompkins EV Campaign – Bryan Roy
Bryan Roy is the Principal Engineer & Commercial Sector Team Lead for Sustainable Transportation Solutions at Energetics Inc. Bryan has been the consultant for the Tompkins EV Campaign and in that role shared the latest info on the campaign and how we can help get the word out for it.
Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change – Alexandra Moore
In response to an effort by the Heartland Institute to flood public schools with its materials challenging the scientific consensus on global warming, PRI/Museum of the Earth published a book last year for teachers on the scientific aspects of climate change. Alex is one of the co-authors, along with Ingrid Zabel and several other colleagues at PRI, and has headed up the effort to get the book out to teachers and to raise their awareness about this issue.
An Ian Shapiro Double Feature
Ian Shapiro, the founder and chairman of Taitem Engineering, presented on two topics:
Among his many accomplishments, Ian is the co-author of the books Green Building Illustrated (2014) and Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings (2016), both published by Wiley. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and Syracuse University.
I. Climate Reality Training
II. Emerging Research Trends in Building Science
Green Building Policy Proposal – Discussion
The View from Bonn, Germany: Cornell Attends COP 23 – Emma Bankier and Allison Chatrchyan
Emma Bankier and Allison Chatrchyan from Cornell University shared their experiences at the recent UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Emma is a research assistant at the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions and Allison is the director of the Institute. They were joined by two Cornell students, Tasnuva Ming Kahn and Danielle Eiseman.
The Green Building Policy Project – Nick Goldsmith
Nick Goldsmith, the sustainability coordinator for the City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca provided us with an update on the Green Building Policy project that has been underway since August.
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