As environmental concerns and rising energy costs have an ever increasing impact on our daily lives, individuals are learning to integrate concepts of sustainability into their regular routines. They use their vehicles less, buy energy-efficient appliances, and are more mindful of their water consumption, just to name a few. Making the necessary changes toward a sustainable and resilient future certainly begins at the individual level, but institutions and municipalities must change as well and have an important role to play in leading their communities' efforts.
The City of Ithaca recognizes its responsibility to protect the health and well-being of its residents and the environment, while supporting a diverse, equitable, and vibrant economy. To this end, the City has taken many steps to become a more sustainable organization and promote sustainability and climate protection throughout the community:
- City Commitments & Resolutions
- Sustainability Projects at IAWWTP (Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Plant)
- Additional Initiatives
- What Others Are Doing In The Region
In the News
|"Ithaca Passes Environmentally-Preferable Purchasing Policy" (Ithaca Times, 2/8/12)|
|"City of Ithaca Commits to 100% Renewable Energy" (14850 Today,12/28/11)|
|"City's Energy Sustainability Project Manager Discusses Ithaca's Goals, Benefits of Action" (Ithaca Times, 6/15/11)|
|"Tompkins, Ithaca Form United ‘Green’ Front" (The Ithaca Journal, 4/28/11)|
- Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County: Energy Savings, Environment, Food, and more.
- EPA’s Household Emissions Calculator
- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation – Energy & Climate
- U.S. Local Sustainability & Climate Action Plans
- Get Your Greenback Tompkins (*** Click here to view short video featuring the Mayor. ***)