Ithaca, New York Will Decarbonize All 6,000 of the City’s Buildings


The Ithaca Commons, a downtown pedestrian mall, pictured in 2012.. Image via Paul Sableman/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

The Ithaca Commons, a downtown pedestrian mall, pictured in 2012.. Image via Paul Sableman/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Last week, the Common Council of Ithaca, New York, voted to approve a first-in-the-nation decarbonization plan in which the roughly 6,000 homes and buildings located within the notably “enlightened” lakeside college town will be electrified to meet goals established by the city’s impressively aggressive Green New Deal (GND) plan. That carbon-neutral-by-2030 GND plan was adopted unanimously by the Common Council in June 2019 to “address climate change, economic inequality, and racial injustice,” per the city.

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