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Sunrise Movement Ithaca – Marisa Lansing and Cheyenne Carter
Marisa is a co-founder of Sunrise Movement Ithaca and recently joined the TCCPI steering committee as the new youth representative. She graduated from Ithaca College this past June and is now working on a project for Sustainable Tompkins. Cheyenne is also a recent IC graduate and one of Sunrise Ithaca’s organizers. In addition, she is a write-in candidate for the 5th Ward seat on Common Council. Marisa and Cheyenne provided an overview of the Ithaca chapter’s accomplishments so far and their priorities going forward.
The Ithaca Green New Deal & Proposed 2020 Budget – Discussion
October is budget month for the City of Ithaca, and the Mayor’s proposed budget for 2020 calls for the addition of one fulltime staff member and a $100,000 to begin implementation of the Ithaca Green New Deal approved by Common Council in June. There are two public budget hearings remaining, one on October 23 and another on November 6. How should TCCPI respond to the proposed budget and what steps should we take ahead of the final budget hearing on November 6?
Ithaca Energy Code Supplement – Nick Goldsmith
Nick is the sustainability coordinator for the City and Town of Ithaca. He provided an update on the draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement, and then we’ll move into a discussion about the document, which focuses on new buildings. For more information see www.ithacagreenbuilding.com
TCCPI, the County Energy Task Force, and the Ithaca Green New Deal – Discussion
The group picked up our discussion from the August meeting on the future of the County Energy Task Force. Should it continue? What role should it have? Given all the other groups, organizations and individuals already actively engaged on energy issues in this community, is there a need for this County committee? What role should TCCPI play in the discussion about the County energy strategy and its implementation? What about the Ithaca Green New Deal? What role should TCCPI play here?
Energy Smart Community Progress Report – Charleen Heidt
Charleen Heidt, NYSEG’s ESC community outreach coordinator, provided an update on where the ESC is at presently, where we've come from, and where we're going with the Energy Smart Community.
Cayuga Power Plant Conversion to a Data Center – Discussion
The group discussed whether TCCPI should sign on to a letter calling on Governor Cuomo to ensure certain conditions are enforced as part of the transition of Cayuga and Somerset Power Plants to data centers.
The Future of the Tompkins County Energy Task Force – Discussion
The group discussed the future status of the County Energy Task Force and what role TCCPI might play if the task force did not continue past December 2019.
Climate Smart Communities Program – Terry Carroll
Climate Smart Communities, a NYS program, helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Terry Carroll, an energy educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension – Tompkins County, presented an overview of the program and discuss why climate adaptation and resiliency, in particular, have become increasingly important for communities in Tompkins County and elsewhere in the Southern Tier.
A Climate Change in the News 2019 – Peter Bardaglio
Traditionally, we’ve done this review in August, but we’ve had some shifts in the agenda for next month, and to accommodate the reshuffling we discussed this year’s developments earlier than usual. Don’t worry – there’s plenty to cover.
Tompkins County Long-Term Transportation Plan – Fernando de Aragón
Reducing transportation emissions is a crucial part of any effort to meet the Tompkins and Ithaca greenhouse gas emissions targets. With that in mind, Fernando de Aragón, the Executive Director of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council will provide an overview of the County’s long-term transportation plan.
A Green New Deal for Ithaca and Carbon Neutrality – Nick Goldsmith and Tony Ingraffea
Nick Goldsmith, the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Ithaca, will briefly update the group on the progress with the Green New Deal for Ithaca recently passed by the Common Council. Then Tony Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Cornell University, will discuss the concept of carbon neutrality and the complexities associated with it.
Reenvisioning the County Energy Strategy – Katie Borgella
Katie Borgella, the County Planning and Sustainability Commissioner, will discuss the latest thinking from the County about updating the County’s energy strategy and receive feedback from the group.
The Federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act – Discussion
We ran short on time at last month’s meeting and left some important questions about the EICDA unresolved. Nancy Jacobson, who presented on this key piece of federal legislation at the March meeting, joined us for the discussion.
A Green New Deal for Ithaca – Sara Culotta and Nick Goldsmith with Special Guests
We know the Green New Deal is about climate and energy, but what sets it apart from other such proposals is its holistic approach, designed to meet multiple community needs. Nick and Sara provided a short framing presentation and we then broke into small groups for themed discussions on equity and inclusion; economic development; and health. We reconvened as the full group, with Sara facilitating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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