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Go Ithaca Launches New Program for Teens

This summer, Go Ithaca launched a Sustainable Transportation Leaders program, a six-week-long youth engagement program aimed at educating Tompkins County’s high school students about sustainable travel and how they can travel more efficiently.

Throughout the program, which started Monday, July 13 and ran through August 21, students learned about and participated in activities designed to immerse themselves in different modes of transportation.


In addition, they had the opportunity to engage with local leaders working in the transportation sector.

Participants participated in the program by attending the weekly Zoom meetings or by viewing all of the Zoom recordings and engaging in all of the weekly activities. Once they completed all the program requirements, they received a special certificate that distinguishes them as a Sustainable Transportation Leader.

“Our youth are the world’s future; because of this, we need to equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills necessary now to make transformative changes today and tomorrow," says Ayana Smith, program lead for the Sustainable Transportation Leadership Program. "I hope that the Sustainable Transportation Leaders program plants that seed for transformative change by educating and empowering high schoolers in Tompkins County to begin working toward a more healthy and sustainable future on a personal level.”

Go Ithaca is a Transportation Management Association funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. It seeks to help employees and residents commute as well as get around downtown Ithaca while driving alone less by offering free and discounted transportation services.

Go Ithaca partners with TCAT, the Center for Community Transportation (a consortium comprised of groups like Ithaca CarShare and Bike-Walk Tompkins), and other local transportation providers. Go Ithaca was initiated by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance in 2017 as a pilot Transportation Demand Management Program funded in part by New York State Energy Research and Development and the New York State Department of Transportation.

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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

HeatSmart Tompkins Fall Events

Heat pumps for home heating and cooling and hot water are becoming increasingly affordable and can make a significant dent in the size of your residential carbon footprint. HeatSmart Tompkins is sponsoring the following virtual home tours and webinars to help inform the public and encourage adoption of this important and effective technology:
October 20 at 12:30 pm EDT :: Register Now
Virtual Home Tour - 1800s Farmhouse in Lansing Heated with Air Source Heat Pumps
Join for a tour of this 1800s farmhouse in Lansing which is heated and cooled with Fujitsu and LG air source heat pumps. The heat pumps are powered by solar panels on the barn roof. There is also a rental cottage on the property with its own heat pump system. Installer partner Snug Planet will also be on hand to answer questions about this heat pump system.
Presented by: HeatSmart Tompkins and homeowner Tom Butler FREE

October 22 at 7:00 pm EDT :: Register Now
Steps to a Fossil Fuel Free Home
Want to break free from fossil fuels in your home? Join us to learn how to get started
Presented by: HeatSmart Tompkins and our trusted installer partners FREE

November 10 at 12:30 pm EDT :: Register Now
Virtual Home Tour - South Hill Contemporary w/Air Source Heat Pumps
Want to break free from fossil fuels in your home? Join us to learn how to get started
Presented by: HeatSmart Tompkins and our trusted installer partners FREE

Please Note: If you cannot attend a webinar live, you can still register in order to be emailed a link to the recording within 24-48 hours of the end of the webinar. Missed a webinar? Visit our archive of webinars to watch a recording.



Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, October 30, 2020
9:00 - 11:00 am
Due to the current pandemic, the monthly TCCPI meetings have moved online. Contact Peter Bardaglio, the TCCPI coordinator, for further details at pbardaglio@gmail.com.

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 held on the second Friday of December.