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April 2019

The Tier Energy Network – Michael Straight

Mike is a co-founder of the Tier Energy Network (TEN),an industry-led collaboration of business, nonprofits, government, and higher education leaders supporting the development of a Southern Tier advanced clean energy industry cluster and energy strategy for the region.

  • TEN founded in 2014 as part of SUNY-BEST
  • Energy agnostic, nonpolitical organization dedicated to support advanced energy solutions and develop advanced energy industry cluster in Southern Tier
  • Goal: make advanced energy a core regional strength and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Seeks to improve energy efficiency, establish microgrids, support best practices for business and entrepreneurial development
  • An industry-led collaboration, executive leadership group, all volunteer
  • Rick Mancini and Tom Kowalik key leaders in organization
  • Industry cluster: geographic concentration of similar and interconnected business that help drive innovation and productivity and build sustainable competitive advantage
  • Collaborating with SUNY-Broome and Binghamton University on workforce development
  • Key priorities include workforce development and economic development aimed at clean energy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Internet of Things and energy storage are among the technologies under development
  • 118 individual participants and 73 organizations
  • Multiple, interconnected sectors represented:
    • Industrial/commercial
    • Utility
    • Nonprofit
    • Education
    • Government
    • Financial
    • Municipal
  • Manufacturing in Southern Tier has a $2 billion payroll
  • Membership benefits:
    • Share information about energy developments in regulated and competitive markets
    • Share best practices to attract development, reduce energy cost profile and improve sustainability
    • Improve awareness of emerging business opportunities and to develop partnerships
    • Focus on workforce development
    • Position our region as a clean energy hub
    • Become better connected to other energy organizations
  • Activities over last four years include:
    • Organized 40 meetings – guest speakers, networking, emerging projects and business development opportunities, collaboration discussions
    • Arranged trade visit by Flanders government representatives
    • Introduced an Australian firm to the Southern Tier and its energy businesses
    • Coached 76 West competitors
    • Created inventory of energy projects, regional companies, subject matter experts
    • Provided technical and market analysis support
    • Assisted Broome County with approval of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program
    • Worked with Binghamton University and SUNY-BEST to bring energy speakers to the public
    • Assisted with energy workforce development initiatives – SUNY-Broome, Binghamton University, 76 West, Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator, BOCES
    • Worked with county Environmental Management Councils
    • Shared information about utility programs and incentives
    • Assisted IoT project with purpose to collect and monitor building energy use data
  • Plans for the future include:
    • Support advanced energy start up companies
    • Secure funding to support and grow TEN
    • Assist other industry clusters
    • Develop TEN website drawing national and international attention to the Southern Tier
    • Explore new ideas to help business growth in the Southern Tier
    • Work on energy workforce development issues
    • Develop an Advanced Energy annual conference to bring national and international experts to the region
  • Very aware of the high degree of poverty in Southern Tier, especially with female-headed households – 40-50% are below poverty line

 

Topics for Upcoming Meetings – Discussion

Peter shared the current tentative schedule for the remaining meetings for 2019 and reviewed the detailed feedback from the group about suggested priorities and themes for this year.

  • Given this feedback, how would we like to organize the topics for upcoming meetings?
  • Conversation very quickly focused on green building policy issues
  • TCCPI needs to find way to promote student-academic engagement with the local colleges regarding research of green building policies
  • Need to communicate benefits as well as requirements
  • Look at different pathways to effective implementation of green building policies
    • Small vs. medium vs. large towns
  • In particular, need to communicate the benefits of a green building policy to the city and county boards that control permitting
  • Sara Culotta, Nick Goldsmith, and Peter agreed to get together and discuss ways to organize discussion for next meeting on potential policies for already existing buildings
  • Terry Carroll should also be invited to present on Climate Smart Communities program

 

Federal Carbon Dividend Act and NYS Climate and Community Protection Act – Discussion

 In the previous two meetings, we’ve heard presentations on the Federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act and the NYS Climate and Community Protection Act. The group reviewed these two legislative proposals and discussed possible next steps.

  • Concern was expressed about the limited impact of the federal legislation and that a more sweeping approach as embodied in the Green New Deal was needed
  • Similarly, there were reservations about vagueness of language in the Climate and Community Protection Act – an alternative bill, the Off Fossil Fuels Act,
  • One of strengths of the CCPA is its language regarding environmental justice and a “just transition” but OFF provisions on these issues are stronger
  • Enforcement provisions in CCPA are weaker and it lacks detailed plans and benchmarks for achieving necessary carbon reductions and renewable energy development

March 2019

Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act – Nancy Jacobson

Nancy Jacobson, a biology professor at Ithaca College and member of the local chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, presented on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, a newly introduced federal bill with bi-partisan support. This carbon fee and dividend policy reduces fossil fuel use and spurs conservation and alternative energy development.

  • According to recent IPCC Report, we have 12 years to cut global emissions in half – report calls for carbon price as part of solution
  • EICDA establishes carbon price – not a silver bullet
  • We also need:
    • Local solutions like stricter building codes and more mass transit
    • Better adaptation measures, especially for vulnerable communities
    • Means of transition for workers in fossil-fuel industries
    • Negative emissions, removing CO2 from the air and storing it
  • How EICDA works;
    • Carbon fee – places fee on coal, oil, and gas – starts low and grows over time
      • Starts at $15/ton CO2 and rises $10/ton each year – if emissions reduction targets aren’t met, it rises to $15/ton each year
      • Fee on fossil fuels will, of course, get passed on to consumer
      • Return of 100% of net revenue to households as dividend, minus administrative costs
    • Carbon dividend -- net revenue collected from the carbon fee is allocated in equal shares every month to all adults (1/2 share to children under 19)
      • Dividend would be taxed as income but would not count towards food stamps, etc.
      • Eventually dividend peaks as fewer fossil fuels are used and then it goes away when fossil fuel consumption reduced by 90%
    • Border carbon adjustment -- imported goods will pay border carbon adjustment and goods exported from US will receive refund
    • Limited regulatory adjustment -- prevents additional regulations on CO2 emissions as long as emission targets met
      • Regulations based on other pollutants, methane leakage, auto mileage standards, water quality, and more won’t be affected
    • Agricultural and military fuel exemptions
      • Most farmers can’t pass increased prices on to consumer
      • For military factors other than price affect how much they use
    • Rebate for carbon capture and stroager – instead of caron diozied going into air, it’s buried
  • What results can we expect?
    • Policy will reduce US emissions by 40% in 12 years
    • It’s simple so can be up and running quickly
    • Policy will improve health and save lives by reducing air pollution produced by burning fossil fuels
    • Carbon dividend puts money into people’s pockets every month, helping low and middle income people
      • Even though low income household have smaller carbon footprint, they will receive same dividend as higher income household that have larger carbon footprint – thus dividend is progressive – addresses issue of social justice
    • Policy will generate hundreds of thousands of additional jobs over next 10 years as lower income household spend additional income generated by dividend
  • Bipartisan nature of legislation helps increase probability that it will be passed
  • Also fact that people will be receiving check each month helps to ensure that dividend will stay in place until carbon emissions largely eliminated
  • Not clear, however, what impact would be on creation of green jobs
  • EICDA is HR 763 – currently only one Republican co-sponsor – other Republican co-sponsors didn’t run in 2018 midterm elections
  • Who has endorsed EICDA? See https://energyinnovationact.org/supporters/
  • Organizations, businesses, etc. can endorse at https://energyinnovationact.org/endorse/
  • Moving forward in Congress:
    • Re-introduce in 116th Congress
    • Companion legislation in Senate
    • Move through committees and floor vote
    • Conference agreement between House & Senate
    • Signed into law
  • Senate and House bills have only minor differences so reconciliation should not be that difficult
  • Local chapter of CCL meets monthly – second Sunday of each month at Ithaca Town Hall
    • Pot luck dinner at 6:30 pm and then meeting from 7 to 9 pm

 

Ithaca 2030 District Update – Peter Bardaglio

Peter shared an update on the work of the Ithaca 2030 District, a project of TCCPI and part of a North American network of 22 such districts dedicated to improving the energy and water performance of commercial buildings.

  • Ithaca 2030 District a project of Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI)
  • Part of a larger effort in Tompkins County to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050
  • Target approved by the County Legislature in 2008, the year when TCCPI launched
  • Ithaca 2030 District builds on TCCPI model – provides non-competitive, collaborative environment built on trust and mutual respect
  • Building owners, community organizations, and professionals come together to share best ways to enhance energy and water performance of commercial and mixed use buildings – collect, benchmark, and analyze data to track progress
  • Why a 2030 District?
    • Common targets and metrics
    • Information sharing platform and educational programs
    • Enhance overall value and reputation of downtown Ithaca
    • Reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Key Characteristics of 2030 Districts:
    • Private sector led, public sector supported
    • Property managers, owners, developers
    • Local government and public agencies
    • Business and community stakeholders
    • Voluntary collaboration
    • Common mission and goals
    • Based in market realities
    • Building the business case for sustainability
  • 22 established districts and 467 million sq. ft. committed in the 2030 Districts Network – nine since Ithaca 2030 District launched in June 2017
  • Current property owners in the Ithaca 2030 District
    • Alternatives Federal Credit Union
    • Argos Inn
    • Cascadilla Oasis, LLC
    • City Hall
    • Cornell Cooperative Extension-TC
    • HOLT Architects
    • Ithaca Bakery
    • Press Bay Alley
    • Printing Press
    • Purity Ice Cream
    • Space@GreenStar
    • Taitem Engineering
    • TC Chamber of Commerce
    • Tompkins County
    • Travis Hyde Properties (Gateway)
  • Financial support provided by Park Foundation and NYSERDA’s Cleaner, Greener Communities Program
  • Pro-bono professional hours provided by:
    • Cornell Cooperative Extension – Tompkins County
    • HOLT Architects
    • Taitem Engineering
  • Advisory board members:
    • Andrea Aguirre, TC Planning Dept.
    • Andrew Gil, HOLT Architects
    • Nick Goldsmith, City of Ithaca
    • Conrad Metcalfe, NYS-BPCA
    • Guillermo Metz, CCETC
    • Jan Rhodes Norman, Local First Ithaca
    • Frost Travis, Travis Hyde Properties
    • Lou Vogel, Taitem Engineering
  • 2017-18 Progress:
    • Launched website at www.2030districts.org/ithaca
    • Developed small commercial toolkit and financing guide
    • Issued detailed market analysis report, district strategy plan, and public outreach strategy
    • Collected monthly utility data for property owners and uploaded it to Portfolio Manager to determine EnergyStar scores
    • Held regular quarterly meetings for District Partners and published quarterly e-newsletter
    • Implemented energy and water dashboard to track monthly consumption
    • Established real-time energy monitor pilot demonstration involving four District buildings
    • Created energy, water, and transportation baselines for the 2030 District
    • Carried out transportation survey to help track carbon emissions
    • Issued first set of building performance reports
  • Affordable real-time energy monitoring uses Grafana, an open-source data visualization package
    • Gives users attractive and useful visualization of their data
    • Great support for mobile access to data
    • No programming required
  • Next steps:
    • Putting finishing touches on energy efficiency services report
    • Working on second set of building performance reports and second annual transportation survey
    • Portfolio Manager trainings
    • Building performance reports
    • Energy Efficiency Services Plans
  • Contracting service packages
  • Help building owners achieve targets
    • Begin Phase II Recruitment
  • 15 more property owners by June 2020

February 2019

The Green New Deal(s) – Guillermo Metz

Guillermo is the energy team head at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. He provided an overview of the various federal and state proposals for climate action and clean energy, including the federal and state proposals for a Green New Deal and the NYS Climate and Community Protection Act.

I. 2019 Democrats' (Federal) Green New Deal
  • Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, along with dozens of co-sponsors
  • Seeks to address both social inequity and climate change – declares that "human activity is the dominant cause of observed climate change over the past century"
  • Does not contain policy details or advocate for specific ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions – aims to make the US carbon-neutral (net zero carbon emissions) in 10 years
  • Calls for:
    • guaranteed job with fair pay, family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security
    • universal high-quality healthcare
    • free higher education
    • access to affordable, safe and adequate housing
    • stronger labor, workplace health and safety, anti-discrimination, and wage and hour standards
    • clean-up of hazardous waste sites
    • access to clean water and air, health and affordable food, and nature
  • As early as 2007, NY Times journalist Thomas Friedman was using term “Green New Dea”l to describe major transition he thought necessary to transform the electricity grid “from dirty coal or oil to clean coal and renewables”
  • Van Jones famously called for something similar in his book The Green Collar Economy (2008) – also in 2007 founded Green For All, which “works to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty”
  • Advocate for the Green Jobs Act, which first codified the term “green jobs” – signed by George W. Bush in 2007 – Jones then became advisor to President Obama
  • Green New Deal Group published a report in 2008 – UN Environment Programme took up call later that year, releasing the “Global Green New Deal” initiative aimed at creating jobs in “green” industries
  • Green Party of U.S. adopted Green New Deal as official part of the party’s platform, including major platform of Jill Stein, who ran for President under the Green Party in 2012 and 2016, and Howie Hawkins, who ran for governor of NY in 2010, 2014, 2018 (and VP with Stein in 2016)
  • Good summary at jill2016.com/greennewdeal
  • Some similarities, like “100% clean energy by 2030,” but also major differences such as “cut military spending by at least half”
  • House Select Committee on Green New Deal formed in late 2018, with plans to release something in early 2019, and draft legislation for implementation within 90 days
II. 2019 Gov. Cuomo's Green New Deal
  • New York’s Green New Deal (Cuomo proposal) includes:
    • 100% clean power by 2040 – most aggressive goal of any state in country
    • quadrupling New York’s offshore wind commitment to 9,000 megawatts by 2035
    • doubling distributed solar deployment to 6,000 megawatts by 2025
    • delivering climate justice to underserved communities
    • expanding Bottle Bill (5¢ deposit on bottles) to include most nonalcoholic drink
    • banning plastic bags
  • Sets legislative targets for use of renewable energy (50 percent of energy statewide by 2030) and carbon elimination (100 percent fossil fuel free by 2050)
  • Directs any transition project getting state funding to pay a prevailing wage and directs 40 percent of whatever state investment goes towards climate mitigation efforts to go to low-income communities and communities most threatened by climate change
  • In 2018 State of the State address, Cuomo announced plans to set targets for energy efficiency and energy storage, both of which have now been approved by the DPS to require utilities to come up with plans for how they’re going to contribute
  • NYSEG (and others) currently working on those proposals – not likely to go into effect until late 2019 or 2020
III. Climate and Community Protection Act
  • NYS proposed legislation -- has passed state Assembly past 3 years (2019 version in Senate: S2992; in Assembly: A3876)
  • State Senate is now Democratic-controlled so chances of passage greatly improved
  • Currently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee – then to Senate and Assembly
  • Key passage: "It shall ... be a goal of the state of New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all anthropogenic sources 100% over 1990 levels by the year 2050, with an incremental target of at least a 50 percent reduction in climate pollution by the year 2030, in line with USGCRP and IPCC projections of what is necessary to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change"
  • Requires Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to establish:
    • greenhouse gas reporting requirements;
    • statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits;
    • a scoping plan, developed in consultation with the Council, Environmental Justice Advisory Group, Disadvantaged Communities Working Group and other stakeholders, outlining DEC's recommendations for attaining statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits;
    • regulations to achieve statewide greenhouse gas emissions reductions;
    • a report, not less than every four years, including recommendations regarding the implementation of greenhouse gas reduction measures;
    • a report on barriers to, and opportunities for, community ownership of services and commodities in disadvantaged communities, including distributed renewable energy generation; energy efficiency and weatherization investments; and, zero emission and low-emission transportation options; and,
    • take actions to promote adaptation and resilience
  • Establishes the New York State Climate Action Council, consisting of 25 members, including state agencies and individuals with expertise in environmental issues, environmental justice, labor, and regulated industries
  • Also establishes Climate Change Working Group consisting of representatives from environmental justice communities, DEC, and Departments of Health and Labor
  • "Climate change especially heightens the vulnerability of disadvantaged communities, which bear environmental and socioeconomic burdens as well as legacies of racial and ethnic discrimination.
  • "Actions undertaken by New York state to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions should prioritize the safety and health of disadvantaged communities, control potential regressive impacts of future climate change mitigation and adaptation policies on these communities, and prioritize the allocation of public investments in these areas."
IV. Naomi Klein, "The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn on the Green New Deal", The Intercept, 2/13/19
  • "Critical to remember that none of it would have happened without massive pressure from social movements. FDR rolled out the New Deal in the midst of a historic wave of labor unrest: There was the Teamsters’ rebellion and Minneapolis general strike in 1934, the 83-day shutdown of the West Coast by longshore workers that same year, and the Flint sit-down autoworkers strikes in 1936 and 1937”
  • "During this same period, mass movements, responding to the suffering of the Great Depression, demanded sweeping social programs, such as Social Security and unemployment insurance, while socialists argued that abandoned factories should be handed over to their workers and turned into cooperatives.”
  • "Upton Sinclair, the muckraking author of “The Jungle,” ran for governor of California in 1934 on a platform arguing that the key to ending poverty was full state funding of workers’ cooperatives. He received nearly 900,000 votes, but having been viciously attacked by the right and undercut by the Democratic establishment, he fell just short of winning the governor’s office.”
  • "Now that the resolution is out there, however, the onus is on all of us who support it to help make the case for how our overlapping crises are indeed inextricably linked—and can only be overcome with a holistic vision for social and economic transformation."
V. Discussion
  • Holistic vision for social and economic transformation required
  • Student movement, including Sunrise Movement, acquiring significant momentum
  • Student climate strike called for on March 15
  • Ic has established Sunrise movement chapter – will be reaching out to students at Cornell and TC3
  • Federal Green Deal doesn’t rule out carbon sroage
  • Off Fossil Fuels Act another option at state level – calls for stronger role for farmers – soil carbon storage and sustainable agriculture

 

Energy Navigators – Karim Beers

Karim, the coordinator of Get Your GreenBack Tompkins, updated the group on the Energy Navigators program, an effort to inform community members about ways they can reduce their energy use and use renewable forms of energy to heat and power their homes.

  • How do we reach beyond usual suspects when getting word out about energy conservation and renewables?
  • Energy Navigators program provides training for volunteers to go out into community to meet with residents
  • Offers 10 weeks of sessions – weekly for two hours each – grounded in existing programs and incentives
  • Focuses on lower income households
  • Started with about 15 volunteers – about 10-13 make it all way through training
  • Monthly gatherings to provide support for volunteers as well as quarterly reports
  • Goal is to work with 10 households – mostly one-on-one
  • In third year of training – NYSEG has provided grant so that some of volunteers who are low income are receiving stipend of $20/hour
  • Last year reached over 1300 people – spoke to 276 about NYSEG programs and are actively supporting 155 people with steps
  • Will be folding current members into new ones for this year – expect about half of them to continue
  • NYSEG will continue to support Energy Navigators this year – received national award in part for their work with GYGB on Energy Navigators program
  • NYSERDA has also expressed interest in program
  • Next training starts on April 10 – volunteer applications due by March 13

January 2019

COP24 and the Talonoa Dialogue – Allison Chatrchyan and Students

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. She and several Cornell students attended COP24 in Poland last month. They shared their experiences at the climate conference and updated us on the Talonoa Dialogue.

  • COP meetings take place every year as part of the global negotiating process to address climate change
  • Cornell is an Official UN Observer party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Acts as an observer at these meetings and holds side events each year
  • Paris Agreement is a legally binding treaty with complex mix of mandatory and voluntary provisions
  • 184 out of 197 parties to the convention have ratified the Paris Agreement
  • Very small U.S. delegation at COP 24 but U.S. still a participant in the Paris Agreement
  • Cornell’s participation at the COP meetings allows it to raise visibility of its research projects
  • Engaged Cornell provided funding for three-credit course this year on Climate Change Science and Policy
  • Group projects involved Armenia and Tonga as well as various NGOs – TCCPI provided local connection
  • 23 Cornell faculty, staff, and students attended COP 24, which took place December 2-14
  • Week 1: 10 delegates
    • Cornell exhibit
    • Press conferences
    • Side events
    • We Are Still In panel discussion on higher ed
    • Perspectives on agricultural policy and sustainability
  • Week 2: 13 delegates
    • Cornell exhibit
    • Press conferences and meetings with delegates
    • We Are Still In Pavilion: Scaling Ambition through Sustainable Agriculture – Allison
    • GACSA Climate Smart Agriculture Workshop: Johannes Lehmann
  • Brought Talonoa Dialogue report from Tompkins County to COP 24 – 30 attendants at press conference to present report
  • Very few other local communities submitted report – mostly national and international stakeholders
  • COP 24 was Allison’s fourth experience at COP – felt for first time she got handle on it
  • Maeve Anderson: Course really prepared us for COP 24 – wrote speech for GACSA
  • Julie Kapuvari: Discouraging to see lack of U.S. participation at federal level, but We Are Still In had a high profile
  • S. side event focused on promoting fossil fuels – Al Gore speech more inspiring
  • Zeyu Hu: China took leading role at COP 24 in absence of U.S. leadership – source of hope for future
  • Allison participated as member of Armenia delegation
  • Ideas for collaboration with TCCPI:
    • COP 25: November 11-22, 2019 in Chile
    • Engaged Cornell Curriculum Grant Proposal: Local to Global
    • Hope to teach course again – students involved in TCCPI in Fall 2019
    • Public forum after COPs with TCCPI: Are We Still In?

 

TCCPI Priorities & Goals for 2019 – All

We broke out into five small groups and shared thoughts about what participants would like to see TCCPI focus on in 2019 as far as priorities and goals are concerned.

 

Group #1

  • How do we promote environmental democracy?
  • Need to better understand Green New Deal and ways we can support it
  • Increase our understanding of Project Drawdown
  • What about nuclear power and subsidies supporting the industry?
  • How do we advocate for a reduction of defense spending so more funding can be devoted to climate action?
  • Need to pay more attention to sustainable agriculture and carbon storage in soil

 

Group #2

  • How do we encourage student climate action at the high school level?
  • How do the state goals for climate and greenhouse gas emissions impact our community?
  • How do we achieve the necessary climate goals even as we address the issue of affordable housing?
  • How has climate and clean energy work resonated with communities outside of Tompkins County?
  • More meetings like this one involving small group discussions would be valuable

 

Group #3

  • Support the conversion of the Green Building Policy Report into a new code for the City and Town of Ithaca – invite Nick Goldsmith to provide updates on the progress of this effort
  • Make sure local governments are aware of the new SEQR requirements for greenhouse gas emissions that went into effect on January 1
  • Provide input into the County’s development of a new energy strategy
  • Continue to grow the membership of the Ithaca 2030 District
  • Promote utility-scale solar and storage as a replacement for repowering Cayuga Power Plant
  • Develop ways to increase student involvement in TCCPI

 

Group #4

  • It would be great to have more collaboration with students and the colleges, both with us hearing about the work students are doing and learning from it, and having students work with us on projects. We could also consider working with middle and high school students, though that requires more supervision.
  • We value the presentations at monthly meetings. They are a way to let us know what’s going on in our community and with other organizations, and we would not get this information were it not for the monthly meetings. We would like to see presentations from a broad range of people continue, and maybe broaden it even more.
  • It would be good to engage more with the City of Ithaca, in many different ways, to help increase elected officials’ and city staff’s awareness and knowledge about climate change, energy, and sustainability. We thought we could engage with other local communities as well, but that it would be best to start with the City. One suggestion is to more actively invite officials to our meetings, and if many of them can come to one of our regular meetings, plan a special agenda to help welcome them.
  • Focus on existing buildings and how TCCPI can help move efforts forward on energy efficiency, etc.
  • An idea for a project: each TCCPI member would agree to reduce their carbon footprint, and we would be accountable to each other. We could come up with metrics to track our progress, and report out to the group. We would encourage and motivate each other. Having done this exercise might give us more credibility when talking with others, and we would certainly learn from the experience and hopefully have compelling stories to share that could motivate others.
  • We could run an energy fitness campaign, maybe as a contest, to encourage local communities.

 

Group #5

  • Need to promote more inclusivity and diversity – how do we expand the scope of participation?
  • Get more businesses and municipalities on board with climate commitments
  • Develop a local climate change database, building on the Talonoa Dialogue report
  • Need to do more thinking about adaptation, not just mitigation

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Meeting Highlights: 2019

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