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Town of Ithaca Adopts Green New Deal
The Town Board in the Town of Ithaca unanimously adopted a resolution at its March 23rd meeting calling for a local Green New Deal, similar to that adopted by the City of Ithaca Common Council last year. The resolution established a goal of “achieving an equitable transition to carbon-neutrality town-wide by 2030.”
Furthermore, the Town Board adopted a goal to meet the electricity needs of Town government operations with 100% regionally-sourced renewable electricity by 2025 and to reduce emissions from the Town fleet of vehicles by 50% from the 2010 levels by 2025.
Calling for the development of a Green New Deal Action Plan to achieve these goala, the resolution also included a commitment to adopt a Green Building Policy for existing buildings, encourage the production and use of renewable energy, reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions related to the treatment and distribution of water and waste water, and create a more climate-resilient community. In addition, the Town will issue an annual report tracking progress towards these goals.
As part of its commitment to an equitable transition, the Town said that it would “ensure that benefits and burdens of policies and programs” rolled out as part of the Green New Deal are “distributed fairly.”
The Town has taken several important steps in recent years to meet the challenges of climate change. It adopted the New York State Climate Smart Communities Pledge in 2009, created a shared sustainability planner position in 2010, carried out greenhouse gas emissions inventories, adopted a government energy action plan that sought to achieve a 30% reduction in emissions in government operations by 2020 and 80% in 2050.
Other actions have included purchasing renewable energy credits to offset greenhouse gas emissions from purchased electricity, installing an electric vehicle charging station at Town Hall, incorporating two EVs into the Town Fleet, working with four other municipalities to develop a residential energy score program to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes, adopting a green purchasing policy, and initiating a composting program, and being designated a Clean Energy Community and Climate Smart Community.
Be sure to visit the website for TCCPI's latest project, the Ithaca 2030 District, an interdisciplinary public-private collaboration working to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district in Downtown Ithaca.
News and Events
Farming for Justice: From Gun Violence to Homesteading, June 10
Chantel Johnson will join Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming via Zoom and speak about her journey surviving the impacts of gun violence to creating and operating Off Grid in Color, a farming business that uses sustainability as a tool for healing and building intentional community. As a farmer, doula and a counselor with a Masters in Social Work, Chantel embraces holistic practices including agriculture, restorative living and the power of healing. Attending this event will be a transformative, beneficial, and empowering story for you and your community, centered on how we can take back our power and transform our communities, food system, bodies and minds!
Chantel Johnson is passionate about helping lead people back to enjoying simple ways of living while reconnecting with their inner spirit. Chantel’s passions are effectuated everyday. As a social worker, doula, and homesteader in North Carolina, she is able to teach and show people a
nontraditional way of living. In today’s day and age that’s just what the soul needs. Since obtaining her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Washington and moving to North Carolina, her life visions have continued to expand. She has since received her doula certification from G.R.R.A.C.E.E. National Doula Academy and has devoted her energies to homesteading.
Her visions are continually growing and she hopes to help nurture the visions of others in her larger community with her teachings and ever-expanding knowledge. Farmers are one of the important healers of the land, a powerhouse to the local economy, and the provider of nourishment.
DATE: Wednesday, June 10, 12-1:30 pm
This webinar will be recorded. Register Here
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