Tell Gov. Hochul: Commit to green housing!

Before you unplug for the winter break, please join Renewable Heat Now for two quick actions to keep the pressure on Governor Hochul in advance of her State-of-the-State address on January 5th: 1) Call Governor Hochul at 877-235-6537. We’re asking her to commit to 2 million energy-efficient, all-electric homes by 2030 and a Green Affordable Housing Fund in her State-of-the-State address on January 5th. 2) Sign up to take part in this Twitter action to pressure Governor Hochul. You can participate even if you don’t use Twitter. There is a social media package with guidelines, ideas, and sample tweets to make it easy to participate.

Fossil Free Buildings Virtual Town Hall – Wed. Dec 1st

New York leads the nation in premature deaths resulting from the air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels in buildings for heating, hot water, and cooking, which also contributes to one third of New York’s emissions. The Renewable Heat Now Campaign is organizing to win a package of funding and bills that will get fossil fuels out of our buildings and make renewable alternatives more affordable and equitable. Join our upcoming Town Hall this Wednesday, December 1st, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm to learn how you can get involved in the movement for renewable heat and how we will build our power to win! Speakers will include Sen. Kavanagh and AM Gallagher, who sponsored the All-Electric Building Act, which would ban fossil fuels in new buildings across New York!

Ithaca’s makes history! Let’s discuss…

Join us this Wednesday, November 10th to discuss the City of Ithaca’s electrification program! The fifth installment of the 1000 Conversations: Power Lunches series is this week. The City of Ithaca made history this past Wednesday as the first city to commit to decarbonizing 100% of its building stock – including commercial and residential buildings. From 12:00pm to 12:45pm on Wednesday, November 10th, Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres, Director of Sustainability, will be joined by Donnel Baird, CEO of BlocPower, to talk about the City’s plans to roll out this monumental, first-of-its-kind program.

March Events!

Women, Climate, and more! Catch a climate-action film, learn about the pros and cons of ranked-choice voting, or build your gardening skills! Click through our March calendar to peruse the many ways to participate in the movement.

Apply for a home through Habitat for Humanity!

Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins & Cortland Counties is holding an open application period from January 15th – April 15th 2021. The selected homebuyer family would partner with Habitat and White Hawk Ecovillage Community, Inc in Danby to build a modest, efficient, and ecologically minded home in the White Hawk Community. The family will work alongside TCHFH’s staff and volunteers, including White Hawk members, to build their home.

Tell Ithaca: Let’s do better!

Back in 2017, the City and Town of Ithaca proposed a “green building policy” for new construction and major renovations that was pretty advanced for its time… in 2017. Now, in 2021, the City and Town are proposing to vote on it. However, policy that was advanced in 2017 is not advanced today … they need to strengthen the law before passing it. YOU CAN HELP! Here are 3 easy actions for you to take before the public hearing TOMORROW. It will make a big difference to our representatives to know they have support for this important policy from a broad base of the community.

Help NYS Go Renewable!

TOMORROW (Thursday, 2/4/21) from 3:00pm – 5:00pm is the NYS Energy Efficiency and Housing Climate Action Council Subcommittee meeting. This is the only opportunity for public input before this body gives their recommendation to the State Climate Action Council. We are advocating for an ambitious sunset plan for gas in all buildings beginning with new construction. The timeline below would end fossil fuels in new single-family homes by 2025 and end new and replacement fossil fuel heating system sales by 2030. Sign up to speak for 2 minutes!

Fight for our local economy!

e Ithaca Common Council will be voting this coming Wednesday, February 3rd, to stipulate that the new Green Street residential tower, parking garage and conference center in Ithaca be built with a minimum of 30% local labor (defined as being Tompkins County and all contiguous Counties). Please contact Council as soon as possible to support this, which you can easily do with one e-mail to council@cityofithaca.org (the Mayor will also receive this). This requirement will mean more good jobs for people who live and pay taxes in this area.

Our New Green Tips Resource!

Despite the challenges we currently face in shifting our industries away from pollutive, extractive, and destructive practices, living more sustainably is much easier than you think. Be sure to check out the new Green Tips page for tips on how to practice sustainability as an individual, and as a community. Categories include Energy, Waste, Transportation, Food, Household Products, Water Protection, and Yard & Garden.

Become an Energy Navigator!

Through a series of eight online training sessions, Navigators will learn about programs and incentives that exist to help others make positive changes in their life! Topics include understanding energy bills, home energy efficiency, renewable heating, solar energy, transportation alternatives, and more. Applications are due Friday, March 19th, and online training begins on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.