Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
The TCCPI Newsletter

March 2011

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Welcome to the first issue of the TCCPI Newsletter, a monthly update from the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI).

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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, the lead supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).


We are committed to helping Tompkins County achieve a dynamic economy, healthy environment, and resilient community through a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

TCCPI Works to Expand and Strengthen Energy Innovation

Student Energy Corps
The TCCPI coalition has been busy pursuing new ways to expand and strengthen energy innovation in the Ithaca area.

TCCPI has worked closely with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County to launch the Tompkins Energy Conservation Corps (TECC), consisting primarily of students from Cornell, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College. Energy Corps members carry out energy assessments on the homes of local leaders to help them understand the importance of energy conservation and its impact on the local economy. In addition, TECC conducts outreach efforts through community blower-door workshops, youth activities, employer brown bag lunch events and an evolving marketing campaign. TECC is now recruiting students for this summer. For more information about this opportunity, click here.
A subgroup of TCCPI involving large employers in Tompkins County, including Ithaca College and Cornell University, is forming to discuss ways to collaborate on energy efficiency and clean energy opportunities. Michelle Jones, energy manager at Ithaca College, is taking the lead and working with Lou LoVecchio, assistant vice president at Cayuga Medical Center, to move this new initiative forward. 

Another working group, including four members of the TCCPI Steering Committee, has been meeting regularly to discuss how to develop a $5 million revolving loan fund for financing residential energy efficiency upgrades in the county. These discussions are following up on an event co-sponsored by TCCPI at the Finger Lakes Bioneers Conference last fall examining how to finance clean energy projects and create green jobs.


These are just a few of the ways that TCCPI members have been collaborating on moving our community into a low-carbon future. We will be featuring other efforts in the months ahead. Stay tuned!

Next TCCPI Meeting:

Friday, March 25, 2011

9 to 11 am

Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

904 East Shore Drive

Ithaca, NY 14850

TCCPI in the News

Thanks to the good work of TCCPI members Gary Stewart, director of community relations at Cornell University, and Sharon Anderson, environment program leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, TCCPI has raised its profile significantly in the local media over the last several months, with articles in the Syracuse Post-Standard, Ithaca Journal, and Tompkins Weekly. There is now an ongoing op-ed series, with an article each month, in the Ithaca Journal highlighting different aspects of the work carried out by TCCPI members on energy and climate issues.

In addition, TCCPI members have been appearing regularly on WHCU's popular radio broadcast "All Things Equal."  For links to these radio interviews and newspaper articles, click here.
One last thing: 

We've been fortunate to have the backing of many leading organizations in the community. Recent new members include the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Abbott Lund-Hansen, LLC, HOLT Architects, the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, and Tompkins County Solid Waste.


For a full list of current TCCPI members, click here.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us and we'll be happy to talk with you in more detail about our mission, goals, and activities!




Peter Bardaglio

Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative