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*WELCOME TO THE FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER* *NEWS* *City and Town of Ithaca Receive State Sustainability Awards* The City of Ithaca is the 17th Certified Climate Smart Community in New York. Mayor Myrick received the award from DEC officials last week at a press event at one of the City's new electric vehicle charging stations. Learn more <https://gallery.mailchimp.com/eb2e344cfb0e253666458e813/files/7ce68e28-23ec-4d1d-a01c-e705e3b47798/1_31_18_DEC_Announces_City_of_Ithaca_is_NY_s_17th_Certified_Climate_Smart_Community.pdf> . Meanwhile, the Town of Ithaca was recently named a Clean Energy Community <https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities/CEC-Map> by NYSERDA, making it eligible for a $50,000 grant to further reduce GHG emissions. *76West Clean Energy Competition Kicks Off Round Three* 76West will award $2.5 million to six clean energy startups, including a $1 million top prize. The competition aims to build clean energy business and jobs in the Southern Tier region. Applications are due by April 16. Learn more <https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/76west/Competition-Details> . *Get Your GreenBack Step of the Month: Energy-Efficient Home* Insulate your home and seal air leaks for added comfort and savings! State and federal incentives can cover 50-100% of the cost of improvements for renters and homeowners. Get a no-cost energy audit with one of our local energy contractors as your first step towards a net-zero home. Learn more <http://www.getyourgreenbacktompkins.org/#/energy-efficient-home/>. <http://www.getyourgreenbacktompkins.org/#/energy-efficient-home/> *Sustainability Job Opportunities* When it rains, it pours: There are five, count them five, local opportunities in sustainability, energy, and planning! Tompkins County Dept. of Planning and Sustainability is seeking applicants for: - Senior Planner - Energy Specialist <https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/post/3340> - Senior Planner - Housing <https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/post/3337> - Associate Planner <https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/post/3342> Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is seeking an Energy and Money Saving Program Associate Educator <https://gallery.mailchimp.com/eb2e344cfb0e253666458e813/files/417bb869-7d6c-43a2-97a6-7a1f574cb59e/Subject_Educator_I_Energy_and_Money_Saving_Program_Associate_Educator_Position_Announcement_1_30.pdf> . The City of Ithaca is seeking two Planners <https://gallery.mailchimp.com/eb2e344cfb0e253666458e813/files/132ff4ba-a97a-43b8-a9a2-506569cb7949/Planner.pdf> . *NYS Plastic Bag Task Force Releases Final Report * The group was tasked with developing a uniform and equitable statewide plan to address New York's plastic bag problem. The final report is a thorough analysis of the impacts of single-use plastic bags and provides several options for legislation that could help develop a statewide solution to the problem. Learn more <http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/112291.html>. *EVENTS* *Winter Free Days at Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center* *Sunday, February 11 and March 11* Now is the perfect time to plan a Sunday visit to the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center. Admission is free. Learn more <http://www.priweb.org/index.php/events/at-the-museum/events-winterfreedays> . *Seminar: Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge* *Every Monday through May 7, 2:55-4:10pm, 125 Riley-Robb Hall, Cornell University* On February 12, this free public seminar series will discuss how sea level rise and changing weather regimes are compounding the conflict and turmoil in Africa caused by surging population, authoritarian rule, and Islamic Jihadism. Learn more <http://www.atkinson.cornell.edu/events/ClimateChangeSem.php>. <http://events.cornell.edu/event/bill_nye_science_guy> *Film Screening of Bill Nye: Science Guy* *Thursday, February 15, 7pm and Tuesday, February 20, 7:15pm, Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell * Cornell alum Bill Nye takes up his late professor Carl Sagan's mission to fight science-deniers. As CEO of The Planetary Society, he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view. Learn more <http://events.cornell.edu/event/bill_nye_science_guy>. *Farming for Justice Group: February Discussion* *Wednesday, February 21, 10-11:30am, 225 South Fulton Street* This is a monthly meeting for farmers, food producers, and food system workers interested in digging into the intersection of food, agriculture and social justice. Learn more <http://groundswellcenter.org/event/farmingforjustice-feb/>. *Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium* *Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St.* Learn about native plants in the wild and their roles in sustainable landscapes. Learn more <https://www.ithacanativelandscape.com/>. *Networking@Rev: Clean Energy* *Thursday, March 8, 6-8:30pm, Rev Ithaca Startup Works, 314 E. State St.* Featuring Professor Lynden A. Archer, Director of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute, as well as 76West Clean Energy Competition winners. Learn more <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/networkingrev-clean-energy-tickets-42459895691> . *Save the Date: NYS Green Building Conference* *Thursday-Friday, April 5-6, Marriott Syracuse Downtown* The mission of this conference is to promote, educate and support green building design, construction and processes. This year, Ian Shapiro (Taitem Engineering) and Nick Goldsmith (Town and City of Ithaca) will present on the Ithaca Green Building Policy. Learn more <http://www.esf.edu/greenbuilding/>. <http://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmailchi.mp%2Fe7a4aabf88ec%2Fithaca-sustainability-1251385> Share newsletter on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmailchi.mp%2Fe7a4aabf88ec%2Fithaca-sustainability-1251385> <http://us6.forward-to-friend.com/forward?u=eb2e344cfb0e253666458e813&id=3e5163016e&e=[UNIQID]> Forward newsletter to a friend <http://us6.forward-to-friend.com/forward?u=eb2e344cfb0e253666458e813&id=3e5163016e&e=[UNIQID]> *About Ithaca Sustainability* *The Ithaca Sustainability newsletter is a collaboration between the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca. Both municipalities have a fundamental commitment to protect and enhance economic, community, and environmental resources within government operations and community-wide.* *Current Municipal Initiatives* Ithaca Green Building Policy <ngoldsm...@cityofithaca.org?subject=I%20want%20to%20learn%20more%20about%20GBP!> The GBP project is studying energy and water efficiency standards for new construction, and ways the City and the Town of Ithaca could promote or mandate standards. Join the mailing list <ngoldsm...@cityofithaca.org?subject=I%20want%20to%20learn%20more%20about%20GBP> to learn of upcoming outreach events and other news. *Electric Vehicle Deployment Community* <http://tompkinscountyny.gov/itctc/projects#EV> The EV Deployment Community, coordinated locally by ITCTC <http://tompkinscountyny.gov/itctc>, brought 11 new level two EV charging stations to our County in 2017 and will provide outreach to support EV use in 2018. Energize NY PACE Financing <http://commercial.energizeny.org/energize-ny-finance> The Energize NY Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing service offers long-term low-cost financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. For more information about sustainability in the Tompkins County area, please visit: http://www.sustainabletompkins.org/ If you have questions about this list please contact the list manager, Tom Shelley, at t...@cornell.edu.