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WELCOME TO THE APRIL 2017 ITHACA SUSTAINABILITY NEWSLETTER
NEWS
Green Building Policy Project Selects Consultants
The City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca have selected a consultant team for their Green Building Policy Project, which will examine energy and sustainability standards for new construction, and ways the municipalities could promote or mandate those standards. Local organizations STREAM Collaborative, Taitem Engineering, and Randall + West will provide consultant services for the project, which will kick off later this month.
Electric Vehicle Incentives Increase
Not only are electric cars cleaner, but they offer a cutting-edge driving experience, save money on fuel, and need less maintenance than gas or diesel cars. The Charge NY initiative is offering electric car buyers the Drive Clean Rebate of up to $2,000 for new purchases. Combine that with a Federal Tax Credit of up to $7,500, and it's an opportunity you wouldn't want to miss. If you are a NYS resident looking for a new car, it's a great time to buy a plug-in hybrid or battery-powered car that qualifies for the Drive Clean Rebate. Learn more here.
State Program Offers Free Testing for Lead in Drinking Water
The New York State Department of Health has launched a free pilot program to test for lead in drinking water. The free program is available to residents that are served by either a private well or public water system. Learn more here.
The Go Solar Tompkins program aims to bring low-cost quality solar power to every county resident who wants it. Take control of your power now!
Toy Library Receives Grant
Finger Lakes Toy Library (FLTL) has received a $750 Neighborhood Mini-Grant from Sustainable Tompkins for the creation of a Pop-up Event Kit.  "Exposing children to the sharing economy and reuse culture at a young age helps instill in them the true meaning of what it is to share and sets them up for a lifetime of participation in sustainability efforts and community building," says FLTL President Debra Lewis. Learn more about FLTL here.
EVENTS
Make your home more comfortable and energy efficient: Join one of the remaining HeatSmart community meetings.
Webinar: Residential Energy Score Project
Thursday, April 13, 10:30am-12pm
Wouldn’t it be great to understand a home’s energy efficiency like a car’s miles per gallon? In this webinar, Nick Goldsmith (Town/City of Ithaca) and Kevin Rose (NEEP) will describe a voluntary program in Tompkins County where homeowners would get an energy score for their home that could be shared with buyers or tenants. Learn more here.
Ithaca Food Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
Thursday, April 13, 4:30-5:30pm, 102 Mann Library, Cornell
Interested in local food, business, and sustainability? Come to hear about how these enterprises are influencing the local food movement in Ithaca. Each talk will be followed by a Q&A session. This month, hear from Randy Lacey, founder of Hopshire Brewery. Learn more here.
The New Jim Crow Final Community Book Read Event
Monday April 17, 5:30-7:30pm, BJM Gym, 302 W. Buffalo St.
This final event of the community read series is a community conversation to discuss and initiate next steps for addressing mass incarceration locally. Childcare and dinner are provided. Learn more here.
13th Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century
Friday, April 21, The Links, East Syracuse
With 350 attendees each year, the Symposium provides a venue for diverse community members to join together in a non-partisan, multidisciplinary learning experience on sustainability and renewable energy. The attendees range from students to prominent industry professionals. Learn more here
Earth Day 5K
Saturday, April 22, 9am-12pm, F.R Newman Arboretum, Cornell Botanic Gardens
Show your love for the planet by immersing yourself in a beautiful, natural landscape! Ithaca’s greenest 5K will support Sustainable Tompkins, Cayuga Nature Center, and Finger Lakes Land Trust. Learn more here
March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
Saturday, April 29, 10am-6pm
Join the Ithaca Earth Day event centered around the national March for Climate, Jobs and Justice in Washington DC. We’re hoping for 1,000 marchers in Ithaca to visibly show our concern for the deterioration of the planet, as well as the need for local and statewide leadership on energy democracy, green jobs, and environmental justice. Learn more here.
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About Ithaca Sustainability

The Ithaca Sustainability initiative 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. Currently, they are focusing primarily on environmental sustainability, working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within government operations and community-wide.

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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project
 
Green Building Policy Project

Residential Energy Score Project

 
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