Carbon neutrality community-wide by 2030

ABOUT

The Ithaca Green New Deal is a city council resolution that was adopted unanimously by the City of Ithaca Common Council on June 5, 2019. The resolution was adopted in response to the lack of Federal action to address mounting scientific evidence and international consensus that an increase in extreme weather events caused by man-made climate change poses a threat to life, community health, and infrastructure.

The resolution simultaneously aims to target economic inequality and racial injustice within the City of Ithaca, ensuring that all communities benefit, with the goal of achieving a carbon neutral city by the year 2030.

GOALS

  • Achieve carbon-neutrality community-wide by 2030.

  • Meet the electricity needs of City government operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

  • Reduce emissions from City vehicle fleet by 50% by 2025.

  • Ensure benefits are shared among all local communities to reduce historical social and economic inequities.

  • Facilitate a comprehensive public engagement process.

ACTIONS

  • Create an action plan in 2020 to achieve these goals, and update regularly.

  • Annually report progress towards goals.

  • Adopt a Green Building Code for new buildings in 2019.

  • Adopt a Green Building Code for existing buildings by. 2021.

  • Assign additional staff to implement the plan.

Stay Engaged

You can receive the latest updates on the Ithaca Green New Deal by subscribing to the Ithaca Sustainability Newsletter (link).