to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
Going Net-Zero with Multi-Residential Affordable Housing – David Shepler and Guy Kempe
This month’s meeting focused on the topic of net-zero, affordable, multi-residential buildings. David Shepler of Net-Zero Development, LLC and Guy Kempe of RUPCO, a nonprofit provider of and advocate for quality, affordable housing and community development programs in the Hudson River Valley, presented on two outstanding examples of what is possible, the Energy Square in Kingston and the Zero Place in New Paltz.
Discussion Group #1
What did we learn?
What resources can be brought to bear?
Discussion Group #2
Discussion Group #3
Introducing the New City of Ithaca Sustainability Director: Luis Aguirre-Torres
Following a national search, Luis was appointed to fill the new position of Sustainability Director for the City of Ithaca. He joined the Department of Planning in late March and has quickly taken up leadership of the City’s Ithaca Green New Deal. Luis has more than 15 years of domestic and international experience working with government, non-profit, and business sectors in green technology, policy development and implementation, emissions reduction, and green entrepreneurship. He received two commendations from President Barack Obama for his work in Latin American and sustainable innovation, and he served as White House Fellow in 2016 focusing on climate change.
contract and redefining the relationship between government and society, as well as between the planet and the economy
Energy Warriors – Aloja Airewele
Aloja is the program leader of the Energy Warriors and staff member at Cornell Cooperative Extension–Tompkins County. He discussed the development of the Energy Warriors program, which introduces youth to green career training, work readiness, and life skills development.
The Climate Reality Project Scorecard – Diane Stefani
Diane Stefani and two other members of the Federal Policy Working Group, a sub-team of The Climate Reality Project, Capital Region, NY chapter, shared a climate action scorecard they have developed to track the Biden Administration’s progress on its initial climate commitments.
Updates and Announcements
What’s the latest on climate efforts in the community?
Ithaca Energy Code Supplement – Discussion
The Common Council has begun its deliberations on the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS) regarding new buildings. The Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee undertook a review at its recent monthly meeting and will again take up the IECS – also under review by the Town of Ithaca – at its March meeting. A number of issues have emerged, including calls for strengthening the IECS and accelerating its targets, and we explored these at our meeting.
“Our Future, Our Choice”: Climate Change at PRI – Ingrid Zabel
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) has just opened a permanent exhibit on climate change at the Museum of the Earth as well as an online version. Ingrid Zabel, climate change education manager at PRI, introduced us to the exhibit and its related resources, and provide an update on the New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse, which she oversees.
Overview of Community Choice Aggregation – Terry Carroll
Terry is an energy educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and coordinator of the Clean Energy Communities program in the Southern Tier. He provided a brief overview of community choice aggregation (CCA) and update on the CCA discussions taking place on the Energy Committee of the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG).
Community Energy as a Shared Municipal Service – David Gower
Like Terry, David has been participating in the TCCOG Energy Committee discussions on CCA. He has 10 years of experience in the clean energy space and has been actively involved locally in organizations such as the Green Resource Hub, Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneur Network, Southern Tier Energy Network, and Fossil Free Tompkins. David discussed his vision of community energy as a shared municipal service. In doing so, he addressed the following questions:
How feasible does CCA as a shared municipal service seem? What do you see as the main opportunities? What do you see as the biggest challenges?
TCCPI Issues & Topics for 2021 – All
Thoughts about what issues and topics participants would like to see TCCPI focus on in 2021?
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