to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Black Oak Wind Farm
Cayuga Medical Center
City of Ithaca
Climate Justice and Youth
Participation in Community Events and Organizations
Overview of Work
2015 was full of opportunities to deepen relationships initiated in 2014. While branching out from traditional environmental and youth environmental work by volunteering with community organizations is a good start, historically environmentalists (especially those who are white) have difficulty earning trust with community members of color and community organizations that serve community members of color. In light of this, the Assistant Coordinator’s second year participation with projects such as the International Youth Arts and Culture festival, the Juneteenth festival at the Southside Community Center, and Civic Ensemble’s projects, as well as work with individuals unaffiliated with a specific organization, has helped demonstrated that TCCPI’s alignment with these organizations is a real and lasting priority.
It is clear that the two year process of a year of initiating new relationships followed by a year of working on the projects that came out of those new connections was unquestionably necessary for producing the outcomes that TCCPI’s youth and climate justice organizing is seeing in 2016. The most prominent example is TCCPI’s collaboration with the Multicultural Resource Center on a youth organizing fellowship, which has brought together twelve 15-18 y/o Students of Color, LGBTQI students, and Lower Income Students, from IHS, LACS, and NRCS, for a one year intensive organizing program. While building relationships over time can appear slow in the face of the urgency of the climate crisis, it is a necessary step toward ensuring that those who will be most impacted by climate change -- those already at the margins of society -- are at the forefront of building a socially just, environmentally sustainable community strong enough to weather the disruptive consequences of climate change.
Going forward into 2016, the work and the challenges are twofold. First, we must continue to leverage resources and time to both the broad collaborations as well as the specific projects that emerged over 2014-2015. Second, we must begin to apply the lessons of the last two years inward to TCCPI, assessing aspects of the TCCPI network along the lines of equity, inclusion, and the development of socially just projects.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCETC)
Biomass Energy Efforts
Commercial Energy Efficiency
Alternative Modes of Transportation
Coalition for Sustainable Economic Development
Downtown Ithaca Alliance
Finger Lakes Land Trust
Finger Lakes ReUse
Community ReUse Centers
The intent of the Community ReUse Center model is to maximize convenience and offer a robust portal to exchange used goods in high volumes effectively, exemplify best practices in the reuse industry, use the storefronts as powerful outreach points for messaging to the general public, and share strategies to enable other communities to maximize the diversion of materials currently being overlooked and transform used materials into valuable local resources.
eCenter Computer Refurbishing Program
Technology is a priority for ReUse, due to the particularly energy-intensive processes of mining and extracting raw materials, to the also energy-intensive processes of recycling materials at end of life.
ReSET Job Skills Training Program
ReUse Skills & Employment Training (ReSET) is designed to offer mutual benefit to both the trainees and the efforts to maximize waste diversion from landfills. Two curricular tracks were offered in 2015. In ReSET Technology, trainees are embedded in the eCenter computer refurbishing program and receive training in computer anatomy, equipment testing, troubleshooting, operating systems, and local employers volunteer to train on varying field-relevant topics including networking and open source software. New in 2015, ReSET Retail & Customer Service embeds trainees in our retail operations, and trainees learn cash register operation, merchandising, donations processing, and customer service.
Fossil Free Tompkins
Get Your GreenBack
In November 2015, Jerone Gagliano was hired as the new Director of Energy Management and Sustainability reporting to Assistant Vice President of Facilities, Tim Carey. Bring this position into Facilities has and will continue to provide great synergies and efficiencies to making long-lasting, positive changes towards our Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Strategic Plan.
Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council
Local First Ithaca
New Roots Charter High School
Paleontological Research Institution, Museum of the Earth, and Cayuga Nature Center
Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
The Sciencenter takes a triple-bottom line (environmental, societal, and financial) approach to sustainability. We consider each of these three elements from two perspectives: internal (i.e., organizational) and external (i.e., community and beyond). Each year, we seek to advance all six components of sustainability.
Environmental (Internal: Management - External: Education)
Societal (Internal: Staff – External: Community, & Museum Field)
Financial (Internal: Organization – External: Community)
Finger Lakes Climate Fund
In 2015, we expanded the donor base for the Climate Fund with our ‘Seal the Cracks’ campaign. Our objective was to greatly increase the public’s familiarity with our local carbon offset fund, and expand the base of offsetters. Our goal was to raise $10,000 and by the end of 2015 we exceeded that with $15,493 donated by 112 businesses, organizations, and individuals for a collective offset of 768 tons of carbon dioxide. Our media outreach and event presence reached thousands of local residents. Several individual entities at Cornell and Ithaca College began to offset some of their travel.
Our local carbon offset fund continues to benefit local families. We gave out 2 more grants in 2015, which offset 225 tons of CO2 and contributed $4,509 toward energy improvements for low-income households in Caroline and Montour Falls (Schuyler County). To date, we have given out $30,366 in grants and offset 1,550 tons of CO2. Details are on our website (fingerlakesclimatefund.org). This year’s grants were made via Tompkins Community Action and Snug Planet. Three more grants are underway in early 2016.
Alternatives to Dryden Pipeline
Sustainable Tompkins worked to educate local policymakers and the building sector on alternatives to the proposed Drdyen gas pipeline. Working with Brice Smith, Melissa Kemp, and Brian Eden, we put together a seminar comparing climate impacts and energy models for new commercial and multifamily development using smarter design and heat pumps to replace conventional gas heating systems. This was presented at six public meetings and at a special 2-hour workshop at Hotel Ithaca hosted by ST for the local building sector. A series of private meetings with Chamber of Commerce reps, local developers, and elected officials were held to address assumptions about the lack of viable alternatives to "business as usual" construction. We also spoke at various county and city legislative meetings on these topics. Video of the building sector workshop is here.
Grassroots Policy Advocacy
ST serves on the Tompkins County Energy Road Map Steering Committee and TCCPI’s Smart Energy Policy Committee. We also provide feedback and try to stimulate systems thinking by sharing comments on climate action at county legislative meetings and articles on sustainable development and energy/equity/economy in the local press. The Building Bridges Collective Impact (BBCI) working group on energy (Karim Beers, Elan Shapiro, Anne Rhodes, Gay Nicholson) worked to focus attention on our collective need to link the issues of energy and equity in our work. We put together a presentation for TCCPI members to stimulate ongoing discussions and created a working document providing an overview of why Energy and Equity Go Hand in Hand.
Tompkins Community Action
Tompkins Community Action, Inc. has been the designated US Department of Energy/NYS Homes and Community Renewal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provider for the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County for thirty-three years. Working closely with the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) as a Home Performance with Energy Star contractor, we provide Assisted Home Performance and EmPower programs. As a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Goldstar Contractor, members of TCAction’s Energy Services Department hold multiple BPI certifications including auditor, heating professional, envelope professional, manufactured home professional, building analyst, and quality control inspector, etc. We partner with numerous municipal entities, not-for-profits, and private sector organizations to leverage funding associated with weatherization, energy efficiency, and other types of home repair and housing rehabilitation programs.
Tompkins County Area Development
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, Energy Committee
Town of Caroline
Town of Ithaca
Travis Hyde Properties
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