Ithaca 2030 District Annual Progress Report for 2020 Released

We are pleased to present the 2020 Progress Report for the Ithaca 2030 District. Part of a broader 2030 District Network involving 23 cities in the U.S. and Canada, the Ithaca 2030 District is a voluntary effort on the part of property owners and managers in Downtown Ithaca to meet ambitious energy and water use reduction goals as well as to bring about cuts in district-wide transportation emissions goals.

Buildings make up 75% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the City of Ithaca, so achieving the city-wide goal of carbon neutrality by 2030 depends in great measure on dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of our buildings.

As the report shows, the Ithaca 2030 District met the 2020 reduction targets for energy, water, and transportation emissions. Of course, it was an unusual year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it will be interesting to see how we fare in 2021.

Currently, there are 25 commercial property owners in the Ithaca 2030 District, totaling 29 buildings and over 375,000 square feet of committed space. With the permission of the property owners, we collect monthly consumption and performance data for energy and water. We also conduct an annual transportation survey to determine commuting emissions for the District. The data from the member buildings from the previous calendar year is aggregated and compared to the District baselines.

As a District, we reduced our energy consumption by 21.5% from the baseline. In addition, we realized savings of 42.7% in water use, and 21.9% in transportation emissions. As impressive as those numbers are, we still have quite a ways to go to meet the targets of 50% reductions in energy, water, and transportation emissions by 2030.

Besides the annual district-level report, each of the property owners and managers is provided access to a confidential interactive, dynamic dashboard that measures the energy and water performance of their individual buildings. You can view the dashboard for the District as a whole here.

Check out the full 2020 report for details about the progress of the Ithaca 2030 District, as well as its growth and impact.

Ithaca 2030 District Annual Report 2020 Cover