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News and Events

Farm Tour and Volunteer Night at Rocky Acres

Have you heard about Rocky Acres Community Farm? It is a beautiful farm in Freeville, NY, owned by Rafael Aponte. With many earth- based practices, and human-scale management systems, Rocky Acres is a wonderful farm to visit and learn about regenerative ways of farming.

Come volunteer and tour Rocky Acres Farm! Join us on Tuesday evening, July 23rd from 5:30-7:30 pm for a tour of Rocky Acres lend a hand on the farm!

Transportation from our downtown office is available but you must register and let us know. Click here to register.

When: Tuesday, July 23, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Rocky Acres Community Farm, Freeville, NY
Fee: Free but registration required

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, July 26, 2019
9:00 - 11:00 am
Tompkins County Public Library
BorgWarner Conference Room
101 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

If you have any issues you would like to bring to the TCCPI monthly meetings, please e-mail us at info@tccpi.org. General meetings are on the last Friday of every month, except for November and December. Because of the holidays, the November-December meeting is on the second Friday of December.

Ithaca Works with Rocky Mountain Institute on Zero-Energy Home Policies and Costs

Ithaca municipal staff recently took part in a multi-city zero-energy policy working group organized by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) that built off of the think tank's "Economics of Zero-Energy Homes" report. The Ithaca Green Building Policy, which proposes requiring zero carbon new construction by 2030, was cited in RMI's blog "Cities Hold the Keys to Greener, More Efficient Homes" as a "leading edge" example.

RMI analysis shows that zero-energy homes in Ithaca have a 7.5% incremental cost compared to homes built to code. Since the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca adopted the final Green Building Policy (GBP) report in May 2018, we have been preparing for, and are now implementing Phase 2, drafting legislation based on the policy recommendations contained in the GBP report.

RMI is also carrying out an initial “deep dive” into home energy labeling policies that will highlight the leading examples of cities and bring together the best practices and necessary implementation steps.

"After using that information to mobilize resources and stakeholders in their cities," the RMI report notes, "participants will collaborate with each other through a six-month series of problem-solving workshops that harness the experience of expert practitioners and incorporate a toolkit of resources built specifically to support policy implementation."

 - Nick Goldsmith, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca


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.