to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative

It's Time to Seal the Cracks in Tompkins County!

It is that time of year again -- October is carbon offset month and your opportunity to help us Seal the Cracks in homes across our region, doing our part in fighting climate change while helping others in need.

You know the drill: go to FingerLakesClimateFund.org and start thinking back over the past year... where did you travel and have you taken responsibility for the carbon emissions from your trips? How about your business or your home? You can reach zero carbon by offsetting the remaining fossil fuel use in your buildings.

We need you! Working together we are making a difference across our region. Given the last IPCC report, our efforts toward clean energy democracy and climate justice are imbued with urgency. And thanks to offsetters like yourself, Sustainable Tompkins continues to help those in need get their homes buttoned up and running on the most efficient equipment available: heat pumps!

Our 24th Climate Fund grant award went to Brandon and Lyla White and their charming daughter Rosemary. The White Family lives in a 70's era home in the Town of Caroline. Like so many houses of that time, it was poorly insulated and still had the same really expensive electric baseboard heat of those 'cheap energy' times.

The Whites put their $1291 grant toward the removal of 52 tons of CO2 by having Snug Planet seal and insulate their attic and the cantilever over the basement floor and toward a new Air Source Heat Pump that is heating AND cooling their home for pennies compared to the shockingly high price of the baseboard heating system and an old style window air conditioner.

Thanks to all our offsetters for helping the Whites improve their home's carbon footprint!

- Gay Nicholson, Sustainable Tompkins


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.

309 North Aurora Street | Ithaca, NY 14850 | info@tccpi.org

News and Events

Featured Speaker Dr. Natalie Mahowald at Cooperative Extension Annual Meeting

You are invited to hear Dr. Mahowald speak on the recent IPCC report and proposed solutions to global warming as part of the CCE-Tompkins Annual Meeting, December 11, at the Clarion Inn (previously the Ramada Inn), Triphammer Rd, Lansing.

Event includes a buffet breakfast and presentation by special guest speaker Dr. Natalie M. Mahowald, who will discuss the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius", its findings and proposed solutions, and the work everyone must do to limit global warming.

Event includes recognition of retiring board and program committee members, and a brief election of new officers. $15/person includes breakfast (vegan option available). Please reserve by Friday, Dec. 7th to ensure a space. To save time at check-in, register in advance with a credit card, at: http://bit.ly/2018CCEAnnualMeeting

When: Tuesday, December 11, 8-10 am

Where: Clarion Inn, Triphammer Rd., Lansing

Who: Open to the Public, $15 per person

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, December 14, 2018
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.