Tompkins County Joins “Ithaca 2030 District”

Tompkins County Press ReleaseApril 5, 2016

The Legislature, without dissent, authorized Tompkins County to join as a founding member of the Ithaca 2030 District. The Ithaca 2030 District joins 12 other such districts around the country, which carry forth the principles of “Architecture 2030”, whose mission is to rapidly transform the built environment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by issuing the 20302 Challenge for Planning. The Ithaca 2030 District, the first such district in New York State, is set to launch this spring.

By joining the Ithaca 2030 District, the County pledges to aspire to meet the following goals for an existing building: a 20% reduction in energy use below the regional average/median by 2020; a 35% reduction by 2025; and a 50% reduction by 2030. The County has identified the Human Services Annex for inclusion in the Ithaca 2030 District as a pilot building to determine the County’s interest in adding additional buildings in the future.

The measure notes that participation as a founding member of the District shows leadership in the commercial building sector and supports principles and policies laid out in the 2015 Comprehensive Plan and necessary actions identified in the Tompkins County Energy Roadmap.