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By Peter Bardaglio, Senior Fellow, Second Nature

Welcome to the January 2012 issue of the TCCPI Newsletter, an electronic update from the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI).

Ithaca Companies to Pioneer Deep Home Energy Savings

Two TCCPI members, Taitem Engineering and Snug Planet, have been awarded a $300,000 contract by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Ithaca-based companies will seek to examine and test technologies to dramatically improve the energy performance of existing homes.

Uninsulated walls through a thermal imaging camera. Photo credit: Snug Planet.

The contract is based on the “deep energy retrofit” approach.  Deep energy retrofits involve adding a layer of rigid insulation or spray foam to a home’s exterior walls to reduce air leakage and heat loss. Attics and basements are also sealed and insulated to levels well above building code. New windows may be installed, and heating, ventilation, and hot water systems may be upgraded.

Deep energy retrofit pilot projects in New York and other Northeastern states have reduced heating energy use by 60 to 75%. The cost of the work, however, remains a barrier for many homeowners. Adding exterior foam insulation to walls, which also requires replacing siding and modifying window and door trim, is typically the most expensive part of a deep energy retrofit. The team will seek ways to reduce this cost using products from Dow Building Solutions, including insulation board, tapes, and flashing systems.


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We are pleased to announce that the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) received the second annual “Partners in Sustainability Award” from the Cornell University President’s Sustainable Campus Committee on Friday.

TCCPI is a multisector collaboration seeking to leverage the climate action commitments made by Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Tompkins County, and the City of Ithaca to mobilize a countywide energy efficiency effort and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. Launched in June 2008 and generously supported by the Park Foundation, TCCPI is a project of Second Nature, coordinated by Second Nature Senior Fellow Peter Bardaglio.  Learn more about TCCPI at www.tccpi.org.

TCCPI is designed to foster the kind of cross-sector collaboration needed to create a sustainable society.  The Partners in Sustainability Award is a tremendous validation that the approach and the work of all of TCCPI’s members is having a positive impact.

For more on this exciting award, see Cornell’s Media Advisory below, and this article in the Ithaca Journal.

Cornell to present second sustainability award to Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative

ITHACA, N.Y. – In honor of Sustainability Month, the Cornell University President’s Sustainable Campus Committee will present the second annual Partners in Sustainability Award to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative.

The award recognizes TCCPI for its ongoing partnership in regional carbon reduction strategies. The award ceremony at the Chamber of Commerce will include remarks from Kyu Whang, vice president of Facilities Services and co-chair of the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee; and Peter Bardaglio, TCCPI coordinator.

Cornell is proud to recognize TCCPI as an effective partner in the regional effort to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions, and specifically for the coalition’s achievements in the following areas:

  • Creation of a peer-to-peer mentoring network for leaders from government, education, not-for-profit, faith and business organizations.
  • High quality articles and opinion pieces on energy and climate issues in the local media.
  • Development of a regional strategy for achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Development of financing mechanisms for homeowners and businesses to achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets

“By recognizing groups that partner with higher education institutions to advance sustainability, we build on the successes of research and teaching, and acknowledge that we must also bring together practitioners and leaders throughout the world in support new policies and practices.” – Daniel Roth, Cornell University Sustainability Manager.

Cornell’s Partners in Sustainability Award is given each year to one or more recipients who have made significant contributions to the sustainable development of New York State and the Cornell campus through collaboration with Cornell University. Award winners will be evaluated in four categories: research, regional stewardship, education and public engagement. The 2010 recipient was NYSERDA for its leadership in statewide energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives. http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/April10/NyserdaAward.html

For additional information, visit: www.sustainablecampus.cornell.edu.

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The Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) continues to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability on a regional basis in and around Ithaca, NY. With three ACUPCC signatory institutions – Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College – and a concentration of leading businesses, NGO’s, and government agencies, the coalition is developing and implementing innovative solutions.

Recent activities include:

  • Co-sponsored with the Ithaca Downtown Alliance and the Park Foundation a public lecture in early May by David Orr on the Oberlin project – standing room only crowd at the county library!
  • Co-Sponsored with the Cayuga Medical Center a luncheon the following day with about 3 dozen community leaders with David Orr to discuss how the lessons of Oberlin might apply to downtown redevelopment in Ithaca
  • Collaborated with the Tompkins County Landlords Association to carry out a survey of landlords in the county about energy efficiency and barriers to more widespread investment in this area of property management. Results were presented at the July meeting.
  • Co-sponsored the summer rollout of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County Energy Corps, which includes 15 students from Cornell and Ithaca College conducting energy audits and sharing information about energy efficiency as well as state and federal incentives.
  • County planning officials presented a draft of the County’s 2020 Energy Action Plan at the May meeting and received feedback from the group. A very substantive discussion that helped refine the county’s thinking.
  • Gary Stewart, assistant director of community relations for Cornell University, has taken leadership of newly formed TCCPI outreach working group which will seek to raise the profile of TCCPI in the community as well as outside it.
  • Kicked off what will be an ongoing discussion of the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on greenhouse gas emissions with outstanding presentations by Cornell professors Tony Ingraffea and Bob Howarth.
  • New members of the coalition since February include HOLT Architects, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, and Tompkins County Solid Waste.
  • The Park Foundation renewed TCCPI’s funding for another two years with a 20 percent increase beginning July 1

TCCPI is a program of Second Nature, coordinated by senior fellow Peter Bardaglio, former Provost of Ithaca College and co-author of Boldly Sustainable. For more information on the program, its history, and its goals, please visit: www.tccpi.org.

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by Georges Dyer, Second Nature

Georges Dyer

Peter Bardaglio, Second Nature Senior Fellow, author of Boldly Sustainable, and coordinator of the

Peter Bardaglio, Second Nature Senior Fellow

Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, has just published a very interesting article on the evolution of social media and democratic sustainability at Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments.

In the article, “The Digital Cathedral in the Age of Democratic Sustainability” he writes:

How can the digital revolution and the new social media it has spawned nurture the development of democratic sustainability? By democratic sustainability I mean a social and political process that engages citizens as active agents of social change in the complex task of balancing economic prosperity, effective environmental stewardship, and social justice. Moving toward democratic sustainability has less to do with technology than a massive change in human consciousness, one that encourages systems thinking and transforms the relations of people to each other and to natural world

Read the full article here.

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