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WELCOME TO THE MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER
NEWS
Ithaca Youth Join 1.5 Million Students across the Globe Demanding Climate Action
On March 15, hundreds of young people chanted as they marched from Ithaca High School and Cornell down to the Commons. By “striking” Friday, local students joined other youth from around the world who showed up to protest inaction on climate change. Learn more
Ithaca Green Building Policy Update
Since the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca adopted the final Green Building Policy report in May 2018, we have been preparing for, and are now implementing, Phase Two: drafting legislation based on the policy recommendations contained in the GBP report. Learn more.
Green Jobs
● The Town of Ithaca is seeking a Planning and Sustainability Intern. Application deadline March 20.

● The Ithaca‐Tompkins County Transportation Council is seeking a Transportation Analyst.

● The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management is seeking two Outreach Assistants.
Cornell Community Solar Farm Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking
The 18-megawatt Cascadilla Community Solar Farm is the university’s sixth large-scale solar project. About 79,000 solar panels will add enough energy onto the grid to serve about 3,000 average residential homes. Learn more
Get Your Green Back Step of the Month: Join a CSA
With Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), you purchase a share, and receive a weekly portion of the farm’s products. Farmers benefit from a long-term customer and consumers get fresh, delicious, healthy fruits and vegetables at below-retail prices. Find a list of CSA farms here.
CSA Directory Updated
CCE-Tompkins' recently updated CSA Directory includes almost 40 listings for area farms that sell direct-to-consumers using the CSA model. 
EVENTS
Presentation: Hope for Climate Action - A New Bipartisan Bill To Reduce Fossil Fuel Use 
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00-8:30pm, Quaker Meeting House, 120 Third St.
Come learn about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, a federal bill with bi-partisan support. This carbon fee and dividend policy reduces fossil fuel use and spurs conservation and alternative energy development. Help get it passed! Learn more.
Community-Based Play on Climate Change: Creation Session
Thursday March 21, 7-9pm, LACS, 111 Chestnut Street
What's your Climate Change story? Contribute your stories, experiences, ideas, and questions to the creation of an original play exploring climate change in Tompkins County. Join us for an evening of story sharing and creative exploration. Transportation and childcare assistance available. Learn more.
Questions, RSVP (if possible): ella@civicensemble.org.
Ithaca Fishing and Conservation Day
Saturday, March 23, 9am-4pm, Boynton Middle School, 1601 North Cayuga St.
Come and experience a day of free family-friendly activities, exhibits, and education focusing on fishing and environmental conservation. Learn more
Nutrients in the Watershed, Unusual Weather, and Harmful Algal Blooms: A Public Conversation
Saturday, March 23, 1-4pm, Inns of Aurora, 391 Main Street, Aurora, NY
A panel of experts will discuss the various challenges facing Cayuga Lake, including harmful algal blooms (HABs), changing weather patterns, and nutrients throughout the watershed. Learn more.
6th Annual Streets Alive! Film Fest
Thursday, March 28, Doors at 6:30pm, Films at 7:00pm, Cinemapolis
A short and sweet first half leads off the evening with films designed to inspire more livable cities. Then relax back and enjoy Portland’s Filmed by Bike Festival ‘Bike Love’ program with an hour’s worth of festival winners. Free popcorn for the first 75 folks to arrive. Learn more.
Screening of "Normal is Over"
Thursday, April 18, 7:30pm, Cinemapolis
Join us for a celebration of hope and possibility, by helping us bring "Normal is Over" in honor of Earth Week and in celebration of the Earth. Learn more
Save the Date: Climate Wise Gardening - An Earthkeeping Fair
Saturday, April 27, 10am-3pm, Boynton Middle School, 1601 N. Cayuga Street
A free full-day environmental gardening community event! Learn more
Eco-Gap: Practical Tools for Transforming Yourself and the World
Eco-Gap at EcoVillage Ithaca offers programs for young adults to explore possibilities for leading a life of passion and commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability. Learn more
● Eco-Gap Internship Program: Flexible dates April-August
● Eco-Gap Immersion Program: An 8 week long structured program with up to 8 participants (September - Nov. 2019). 
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About Ithaca Sustainability

The Ithaca Sustainability newsletter is a collaboration between the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca. Both municipalities have a fundamental commitment to protect and enhance economic, community, and environmental resources within government operations and community-wide.

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Ithaca Green Building Policy
The City and the Town of Ithaca are developing energy and water efficiency standards for new construction. Join the mailing list to learn of upcoming outreach events and other news.

EV Tompkins
EVTompkins is a community-wide initiative aimed at achieving widespread deployment of electric vehicles. This project is supported by NYSERDA as part of the Charge NY initiative.

Energize NY PACE Financing
The Energize NY Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing service offers long-term low-cost financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
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