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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Ithaca Energy Code Supplement Draft- Public Information Sessions

City and Town of Ithaca Release Ithaca Energy Code Supplement Draft: Public Information Sessions to be held September 12 and 16

The draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (aka the Green Building Policy) is open for public comment.  The City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca will be hosting two public meetings to share information and  solicit comments.  

The City and the Town have been working on a Green Building Policy (GBP) since 2017. In May 2018 the  City Common Council and the Town Board adopted the GBP Report, which contained recommendations  for code requirements that would substantially reduce carbon emissions in all new buildings, while  emphasizing and supporting affordability.

Since then, a working group made up of City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca elected officials, senior staff,  and other staff members, in conjunction with consultants Stream Collaborative and Taitem Engineering,  have worked to add the necessary details to the GBP report recommendations.  

The product is the current draft of the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement. This is meant to be an easy‐to-understand document that includes the content that will be in the final Energy Code Supplement, but is  formatted for ease of discussion and editing.

The Code will require all new buildings to be constructed to produce 40% fewer GHG emissions than  New York State code requires and will ramp down to require net‐zero new construction by 2030.  

The August 8, 2019 draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement is now being circulated for public comment.  Two public meetings will be held where Sustainability Coordinator Nick Goldsmith will be joined by  members of the working group and consultant team to present a summary of the legislation and to field  questions and comments from community members. The meetings will be free and open to the public.

Public Meeting One                                                                                                     Public Meeting 2
Date:   September 12, 2019, 6:00pm- 7:30pm                                                            Date:   September 16, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Place:  Ithaca Town Hall                                                                                             Place:  Ithaca Town Hall
           215 North Tioga Street                                                                                                215 North Tioga Street
           Ithaca, NY                                                                                                                   Ithaca, NY

Staff and consultants will incorporate public feedback and work with City and Town committees and  departments to more formally codify the Code Supplement before bringing it back to the Planning and  Economic Development Committee of Common Council and the Town of Ithaca Town Board in the  coming months to consider adoption. In its June 5, 2019 resolution to adopt a Green New Deal, the City  of Ithaca endorsed adoption of the Green Building Policy in 2019 as one of the actions necessary to  reach the goal of achieving carbon‐neutrality city‐wide by 2030.  

You may download the draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement and find additional information at You may submit comments about the draft code supplement at the  public meetings, by emailing Nick Goldsmith at, or by mailing comments to  the City of Ithaca Planning Department at 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Comments are  requested by September 30, 2019.

For questions or more information please contact City & Town of Ithaca Sustainability Coordinator, Nick Goldsmith:  607‐274‐6562

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