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Ithaca, New York becomes first U.S. city to begin 100% decarbonization of buildings

  • 1.  Ithaca, New York becomes first U.S. city to begin 100% decarbonization of buildings

    BPA Staff Member
    Posted 11-30-2021 09:11

    Far from Glasgow and COP26, Ithaca, New York, just made an unprecedented move to tackle climate change and the city's carbon footprint.  

    Ithaca is the first U.S. city to begin operation on a 100% decarbonization plan of its buildings. Ithaca's plan will cover electrification projects for 1,000 residential buildings and 600 commercial buildings in the first phase of a total 6,000 building inventory.

    For Ithaca, buildings are the first target for several reasons. Forty percent of its buildings were constructed before 1940 and buildings represent 40% of its carbon emissions profile. The city already receives 80% of its power supply from hydroelectric and nuclear power plants, whereas in other cities transitioning the power fleet may take precedence.

    Read all about it: ESG IMPACT:
    Ithaca, New York becomes first U.S. city to begin 100% decarbonization of buildings, an urban climate change milestone

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    Diane Chojnowski
    BPA Connections Community Manager
    Building Performance Association
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