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Ithaca Energy Code Supplement Open for Public Comment

The Town of Ithaca and the City of Ithaca are seeking comments on the draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (aka the Green Building Policy) through September 30.

The City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca have been working on a Green Building Policy (GBP) since 2017. In May 2018 the Town Board and the City Common Council adopted the GBP Report, which contained recommendations for code requirements that would substantially reduce carbon emissions in all new buildings, while emphasizing and supporting affordability.

Since then, a working group made up of City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca elected officials, senior staff, and other staff members, in conjunction with consultants Stream Collaborative and Taitem Engineering, have worked to add the necessary details to the GBP report recommendations. A list of working group members and consultant names can be found on the People page.

The product is the draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement, dated August 8, 2019. This is meant to be an easy-to-understand document that contains all of the content that will be in the final Energy Code Supplement, but is formatted for ease of discussion and editing.

Staff and consultants will incorporate public feedback and work with City and Town committees and departments to more formally codify the Code Supplement before bringing it back to municipal boards for consideration of adoption. The goal is to maintain one unified regulation that covers both the Town and the City. Below is a rough timeline for adopting the code. For additional meeting details, see the Upcoming Meetings section here.

- City Planning and Economic Development Committee (8/14) – Approval for circulation was granted
- Town Codes & Ordinances Committee (8/14) - Gave introduction to GBP/Code Supplement
- Town Board (9/9) – Discuss draft Code Supplement
- Start public outreach

- Public outreach - Public meeting (date to be announced) - Codification with City Attorneys and Building Division, Town C&O Committee

- Finish codification
- City PEDC and Town C&O Committees consider codified draft

- Town Board and Common Council consider adoption of final legislation

The Energy Code Supplement contains requirements to substantially reduce GHG emissions in all new buildings, while emphasizing affordability. The Code will require all new buildings to be constructed to produce 40% fewer GHG emissions than New York State code requires, and will ramp down to net-zero buildings by 2030.

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

News and Events

Global Climate Strikes on September 20th

On Friday, September 20 there will be a global climate strike involving events all over the U.S. and rest of the world. The main rally will be in New York City, where Greta Thunberg will be the featured speaker.

The strikes on the 20th will launch a week of global climate action to publicly call on world leaders and, here in the US, elected officials to take the action needed to save our futures, and to send a clear message that come Election Day 2020, we will take the climate fight to the ballot boxes.

If you can't make it to NYC and want to participate locally, there are two events in Ithaca that day: 1) the Sunrise Ithaca Climate Strike at Bernie Milton Pavilion from noon to 2 pm; and 2) a climate rally at Stewart Park from 3 to 5 pm
Following the Stewart Park Rally, Discover Cayuga Lake is running a special cruise from 6 – 8 pm, featuring a discussion of climate change and local watersheds. Students will be able to purchase discounted tickets.

When: Friday, September 20, Noon - 2 pm; and 3-5 pm
Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons; and Small Pavilion, Stewart Park

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, September 27, 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.


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.