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

    Posted 14 days ago
    One thing to note here is that "100% decarbonization" of a building is impossible. Also, I live in Ithaca and have researched and written about this Energy Code Supplement and it only deals with what we normally refer to as "energy." It does not address materials, which have embodied carbon.

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    Dan Antonioli
    Owner
    Going Green
    ITHACA NY
    510-499-2342
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