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Our Neighbors: Sustainability in Tompkins County and Beyond

New York State:
In August of 2009, Governor David Paterson signed Executive Order No. 24 setting a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York State by 80% by the year 2050. See what the Climate Action Council is working on to implement this ambitious goals:

NY Climate Action Planning

Tompkins County:
Tompkins County has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions county-wide by 80% by the year 2050. Learn how by visiting:

Tompkins County Energy and Climate Initiatives

City of Ithaca:
The City of Ithaca is striving to protect the environment, to reduce energy costs, and to set a positive example to encourage others to reduce their own output of greenhouse gases. Learn more by visiting:

City of Ithaca Local Action Planning

Colleges and Universities:
The three higher education institutions in Tompkins County have signed onto the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, pledging to achieve climate neutrality. See how each school is making progress on this effort:

Cornell University Climate Action Plan

The Sustainability Initiative at Ithaca College

Sustainability at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)

Sustainable Tompkins:
Sustainable Tompkins, a citizen-based organization, has been leading the sustainability movement in the area, working towards the long-term well-being of our communities by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological stewardship, and personal and civic responsibility. Learn more by visiting:

Sustainable Tompkins

Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative:
The Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) is a cross-sector collaboration bringing together leaders from the business, non-profit, local government, and education sectors, whose organizations have made significant commitments to climate protection. This coalition seeks to leverage the climate action commitments made by institutions and organizations throughout the County to mobilize a countywide energy efficiency effort focused primarily on the retrofitting of buildings. In doing so, TCCPI has fostered a culture of collaboration that has led to partnerships and capacity-building amongst groups throughout Tompkins County. Learn about the group and individual members by visiting:

Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative