Ithaca Launches First 2030 District in New York

Ithaca, NY; June 28, 2016 – On Tuesday, June 28th, 17 local building owners, community partners, and professional stakeholders came together to launch the Ithaca 2030 District. Ithaca now joins the ranks of 12 other forward-thinking cities in the U.S. and Canada that are working toward the goal of cleaner and greener commercial buildings. The Ithaca 2030 District is the first 2030 District in New York State.

"Ithaca and Tompkins County have long been leaders in sustainability and climate action," said Peter Bardaglio, executive director of the Ithaca 2030 District and founder of the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI). "With the establishment of the Ithaca 2030 District, we're in the vanguard of a movement of private sector pioneers coming together to reduce energy use, water use, and transportation emissions."

The built environment – commercial and municipal office buildings as well as multi-family housing – is a large consumer of natural resources and generator of emissions. In fact, 75% of all the electricity produced in the U.S. is used just to operate buildings and the building sector is responsible for 45% of U.S. CO2 emissions. Ithaca joins Albuquerque, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Stamford, and Toronto as part of the 2030 Districts Network.

“This initiative will further strengthen Ithaca’s commitment to combat the effects of climate change and spur innovation in our downtown,” said Svante Myrick, mayor of the City of Ithaca, “and it is complemented perfectly by the Energize NY Finance program, which offers financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in commercially-owned buildings.”

2030 Districts, initiated by the non-profit research organization Architecture 2030, are unique private/public partnerships bringing together property owners and managers to meet the energy and resource reduction targets of the 2030 Challenge for Planning. Through collaboration, leveraged financing, and shared resources, they benchmark, develop and implement creative strategies, and establish best practices and verification methods for measuring progress towards a common goal.

“Travis Hyde Properties has long been focused on environmentally responsible development,” commented founding member Frost Travis, president of Travis Hyde Properties. “We look forward to expanding our efforts in Ithaca to create high performing, low-environmental impact real estate that bolsters Ithaca’s upward trajectory of attracting and retaining investment and talent.”

“The 2030 Districts’ initiative closely aligns with the mission of Local First Ithaca to bring people, businesses, and organizations together to create a successful local economy that uses resources, experience, and inclusiveness to create a thriving and livable community,” said Jan Rhodes Norman, co-founder of Local First Ithaca, which will serve as the District Sponsor for the new program. "We’re very excited to support the work of the Ithaca 2030 District in this way." As the District Sponsor, Local First Ithaca will assure that the Ithaca 2030 District, currently representing over 171,000 square feet of downtown real estate, is accountable to the property owners as well as community and professional stakeholders.

“On behalf of Architecture 2030 and the 2030 Districts Network, we applaud the drive and initiative of Ithaca’s partners as they strive to collectively and voluntarily meet the challenges confronting our urban landscapes,” said Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030.

Why Ithaca?
The Ithaca 2030 District got its initial impetus from a 2013 visit by Mr. Mazria, who was the keynote speaker at HOLT’s 50th anniversary celebration. TCCPI and HOLT began soon after to explore the potential of a 2030 District in Ithaca. With the support of its coalition members, establishing a 2030 District in Ithaca became a project of TCCPI in 2014.

The Park Foundation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities program, have provided support to plan and begin building the Ithaca 2030 District. In addition, Cornell Cooperative Extension, HOLT Architects, and Taitem Engineering have contributed significant in-kind gifts in the form of pro bono services.

“Our firm is a leader in sustainable and environmental practices in the architecture world and we are honored to be a founding member of the Ithaca 2030 District,” commented Graham Gillespie, president of HOLT Architects, a longtime member of TCCPI. “Our commitment to green design and building make us a natural partner in this venture.”

"Taitem Engineering has known since its founding in 1989 that our environment and our economy are inextricably entwined," said Lou Vogel, president of Taitem Engineering, another founding member of the Ithaca 2030 District. "Our cities are most vibrant and our quality of life is highest when we have healthy air, clean water, low-emissions transportation options, and business leaders who are invested in the longterm well-being of the community.”

"We are pleased to support the planning and launch of the Ithaca 2030 District through our Cleaner, Greener Communities Program," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "Energy efficiency helps business owners save money and use less energy and it is a key element of our comprehensive strategy to help the State achieve Governor Cuomo's ambitious energy goals."

Founding members led by building owners and community partners 
The Ithaca 2030 District is a network of consisting of the following members:

Property Owners and Managers
• Alternatives Federal Credit Union
• Cascadilla Oasis
• Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
• City of Ithaca
• GreenStar
• HOLT Architects
• Ithaca Bakery
• Purity Ice Cream
• Taitem Engineering
• Tompkins County
• Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
• Travis Hyde Properties
• Urban Core, LLC

Community Stakeholders
• City of Ithaca
• Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
• Park Foundation
• Tompkins County
• Tompkins County Area Development
• Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
• Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative

Professional Stakeholders
• Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State
• HOLT Architects
• Taitem Engineering

Six of the thirteen Property Owners and Managers, as this list indicates, are also either Community or Professional Stakeholders, making a total of seventeen unique founding members. The Ithaca 2030 District, with the support of these founding members, will be able to implement the national standards of the 2030 Districts Network and work with our utilities to meet measurable reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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2030 Districts Network
2030 Districts, an initiative of Architecture 2030, are designated urban areas committed to meeting the energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction targets of the 2030 Challenge for Planning. Led by the private sector, 2030 Districts represent over 140 million square feet of commercial buildings in downtown business districts working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a district scale, realizing the benefits of multiple building owners, operators, and occupants working together to share resources, leverage financing, and implement collective strategies.

Architecture 2030                                                                                                                                                                                                       Architecture 2030 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization with the mission of rapidly transforming the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate and energy crises. Architecture 2030 pursues two primary objectives:
• the dramatic reduction in global fossil fuel consumption and GHG emissions of the built environment by changing the way cities, communities, infrastructure, and buildings, are planned, designed, and constructed and;
• the regional development of an adaptive, resilient built environment that can manage the impacts of climate change, preserve natural resources, and access low-cost, renewable energy resources.