Ithaca Launches City-Wide Decarbonization Plan

County Approves New Chief Sustainability Officer Position

Cornell Earns STARS Platinum Sustainability Rating

HeatSmart Tompkins Marches Forward

Town of Ithaca Adopts Green New Deal

Ithaca 2030 District Grows

Sustainable Finger Lakes Platform

Sunrise Ithaca

Ithaca Green New Deal

Cascadilla Solar Farm

LimeBike in Tompkins

Largest Tompkins Community Solar Farm Completed

Ithaca Green Building Policy Report Approved

IC Moves to 100% Renewables

Tompkins, Town of Ithaca Certified as Climate Smart Communities

Tompkins Named Clean Energy Community

Ithaca 2030 District Launched

County Buys Local Hydro Power

Ithaca College Says Yes to Solar

County Legislature Approves Sustainable Energy Loan Program

City of Ithaca Goes Solar

Solar Tompkins Exceeds Its Goal: 400 Installations Scheduled

The First LEED Platinum Existing Building in Tompkins

Local Author Publishes Book on Green Building

TC3 to Install Large-Scale Solar Array

TCCPI at Five Years: Climate Protection Progress in Tompkins County

Southern Tier Group Seeks to Expand Wood-Pellet Heating

Cornell Receives Grant for Large-Scale Solar Project

Magnolia House Provides Green Homeless Shelter

TCCPI Steering Committee Member Speaks at ICLEI World Congress

New 50 KW Solar Array Powers Up at EcoVillage

Ithaca Tompkins Airport Receives "Going Green" Award

ASI Energy Snags First ENERGYSTAR for a NY Fraternity House

Town of Ithaca Moves Forward with Climate Action Plans

Tompkins County and EVI Awarded Major EPA Grant

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Cornell to Invest $46 Million in Energy Conservation

TCAction Weatherizes Senior Housing in Dryden

Building Sustainable Communities the INHS Way

CCETC Energy Upgrade Videos

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCETC) receives a $3.5 million grant from NYSERDA to establish a Clean Energy Hub for the Southern Tier, promoting clean energy awareness and access to programs and jobs.​


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Cornell University, Ithaca City, and Town formed the Finger Lakes Energy Compact, recognized by the UN for sustainability. Goals include carbon neutrality by 2030 and clean energy transition. Initiatives like community choice aggregation and an Electrification Fund drive fossil fuel replacement with renewables, prioritizing affordability. This local action tackles climate change amid federal inaction.

PRI Opens New Exhibit About Climate Change

Ithaca became the first city in the U.S. to approve a plan to decarbonize all its 6,000 buildings, focusing on replacing carbon-emitting utilities with electric alternatives. Collaborating with private investors and startups, the city aims to raise funds for energy-efficient modifications to reduce its carbon footprint.

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to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative

A sustainable deconstruction project led by Felix Heisel and community partners in Collegetown aims to promote the reuse of building materials over traditional demolition. The initiative, supported by grants, involves salvaging materials from 11 homes for resale, reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions. 

New Roots Charter School in Ithaca introduces the "Roots of Success" program, offering juniors and seniors Environmental Literacy certification from the U.S. Department of Labor. The initiative, funded by the Park Foundation, addresses the need for green workforce development and sustainable development in poverty-stricken areas.

Tompkins County begins phase one of its Green Facilities Project, focused on reducing emissions and enhancing sustainability. Measures include geothermal installations and LED lighting. Despite challenges like cost increases, the project moves forward, aiming to set a standard for environmentally friendly facilities.

New Roots Kicks Off Green Jobs Pilot

"Our Changing Menu" explores how climate change impacts food, affecting crop yields, water availability, and nutritional quality. It discusses efforts by scientists and farmers to develop resilient crops and adapt to climate challenges, urging readers to become informed and take action.

Nexamp Moves to New Model

The Ithaca 2030 District demonstrates successful collaboration to enhance building sustainability and reduce emissions. Since 2016, it has grown significantly, with members achieving notable reductions in energy and water usage by 2022. Despite challenges with commuter emissions, the district remains focused on its goals, showcasing proactive urban sustainability efforts.

Farewell to Get Your GreenBack Tompkins

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Cornell and Ithaca Join Together in Finger Lakes Energy Compact

Tompkins Workforce Development Connects to Climate Change

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins, led by Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County, wraps up its 12-year initiative promoting sustainable practices. The program emphasized community engagement, diverse solutions, and equity, transitioning to a new Regional Clean Energy Hub for continued sustainability efforts.

Collegetown Deconstruction Project Underway


The Energy Warriors program, in partnership with BlocPower, offers training in environmental justice and sustainability, culminating in practical experience through the Cozy Basements! initiative for energy-efficient weatherization, showcasing a commitment to climate solutions and green jobs.

PRI opened the "Warren D. Allmon Changing Climate: Our Future, Our Choice" exhibit, emphasizing human-induced climate change. It urges action through education and advocacy, featuring interactive elements and a feedback station. Warren Allmon stresses the exhibit's significance in addressing climate challenges and encourages public engagement.

County Rolls Out Green Facilities Project

The City and Town of Ithaca passed the Energy Code Supplement (ECS) to cut carbon emissions from buildings. New constructions must emit 40% less greenhouse gases by 2023, aiming for an 80% reduction. The ECS offers two compliance paths and was developed over four years with stakeholder input.

Ithaca 2030 District Sees Progress Towards Greener Downtown

Cooperative Extension Receives $3.5M Grant for Clean Energy Hub


City and Town of Ithaca Approve Energy Code Supplement

Nexamp in Lansing has embraced agrivoltaics, integrating farm animals into their solar facility. This innovative approach not only reduces maintenance costs but also benefits local agriculture and the environment. The model has been successful, with plans for expansion, showcasing a win-win scenario for renewable energy and farming.

New Cornell Book: "Our Changing Menu"