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Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions Sponsors Community Talanoa Dialogue

You are cordially invited to participate in a Talanoa Dialogue about climate change!

Come share your story of how extreme weather and climate change is affecting you or your community. Initiated by the Government of Fiji at COP23, the purpose of a Talanoa Dialogue is to share stories, build empathy, and make wise decisions for the collective good. The process of Talanoa involves the sharing of ideas, skills, and experiences through storytelling.

When: Wednesday, October 3, 7-9 pm

Where: Borg-Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library
101 E. Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850
Who: Anyone with a Climate Change story to tell!

Free and Open to the Public, Refreshments Provided

During the process, Ithaca and Tompkins County community residents will share stories of how climate change has affected them. Our answers to Three Questions (Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?) will be collated and submitted to the United Nations ahead of the COP24 Conference in Poland. Communities across the globe are holding their own Talanoa Dialogues, and we want Ithaca and Tompkins County’s stories to be heard.

The goal of the evening is to humanize local climate change impacts, and increase the pressure on governments and NGOs to increase their commitment to climate change action. Organized by the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, CCE Tompkins County, and the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, and supported by the Cornell Global Climate Change Science and Policy Course and Engaged Cornell. Please contact me ( or Allison Chatrchyan ( if you have any questions.

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, September 28, 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 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.


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Tompkins County Installs 11 New EV Charging Stations

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced in July that Tompkins County has installed 11 new electric vehicle charging stations to support its goal of becoming the first Electric Vehicle Model County in New York State.

The charging stations are located at the Cayuga Street Garage, Brooktondale Community Center at 524 Valley Road, Caroline Town Hall at 2670 Slaterville Road in Slaterville Springs, Cornell's Forest Home Garage at 37 Forest Home Drive, Dryden Road Garage at 114 Dryden Road, the Ithaca College Visitors Lot at 953 Danby Road, HOLT Architects at 619 West State St., and the Sciencenter at 601 First St.

The installations are part of the state’s Electric Vehicle Accelerator initiative, a pilot project to help municipalities become models for electric vehicle use and supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

Administered by NYSERDA, the Electric Vehicle Accelerator initiative was created to help municipalities build electric vehicle ecosystems. Tompkins County is the second municipality to participate after the City of Rochester launched its pilot last year. Both are partnering with local organizations and businesses as part of the project.

Now that the installations are complete, Tompkins County moves into the next phase of the pilot with the local partnership disseminating information about electric vehicles at local events, hosting ride and drives, and meeting with officials from municipalities to discuss electric vehicle-friendly policies.

The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, electric cars are more energy efficient and cost about 50 to 70 percent less to operate per mile.

The Electric Vehicle Accelerator is part of New York State’s overall clean transportation strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and supports Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY 2.0 initiative to make at least 10,000 charging stations available by the end of 2021.


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.

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