The city of Itaka found itself on the national stage in On November 4, the city announced plans to carbon off all buildings by 2030, making it the first city in the United States to work 100% carbonated.
Michael Smith, Department of History and Environmental Studies and Science Department at Itaka College When. Energy systems that emit harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane have been replaced by renewable energy sources. Greenhouse gas emissions are a major cause of global warming and world leaders, such as the United Nations Climate Change Conference. (COP26) They promised to try to limit global temperatures by 1.5 degrees Celsius before industry. According to the report Intergovernmental Climate Change PanelHuman warming is affecting the environment in many ways. There are strong reports that global warming caused by man-made global warming will increase global warming and increase the frequency and intensity of rainfall events.
It is the official name of the Decarbonation Plan. Effective Reconstruction and Heat Load Electrification Program And the plan begins with the electrification of buildings, which means the conversion of fossil fuels into homes that use electrical technologies. At the national level, identification of residential and commercial buildings 40% Greenhouse gas emissions.
Itaka City Sustainability Expert Rebecca Evans said the carbon dioxide plan will help bring the city to a new green economy by 2030.
The plan calls for the redevelopment of 6,000 residential and commercial buildings with electric heating, cooling and electrical equipment. The city has targeted 1,000 residential and 600 non-residential buildings, with $ 100 million in private investment. Evans said the buildings to be built in phase one have not yet been selected. She says there are two parts to the process.: Look at the oldest buildings and consider the issues of culture and justice.
According to Evans, “We have to see who the power pigs are, just like where the oldest and the weakest and the most brutal buildings are.” Green New Agreement To begin with is to try to correct historical injustice in some other way. CItaka State ”
Smith said the decarbonation plan was impressive, but there was some room for variation. One of the questions is what will happen if residents have new non-electric appliances., But they still have life in them. He said it would be a problem for many residents to have a family spend money on furniture that still works.
“I’re determined for this,” Smith said. “I have been involved in environmental justice since I was in college, but I agree with this category. We have this new furnace, and I would like him to take it out of there, but I do not think it is fair for us to take that new furnace price and put it in a new one.
Freshman Noe Ran-Resler, who first heard about the plan, told WICB that she was looking for local stories and that she had followed the story as planned and then approved. She said That is to say. She thinks the carbon offsetting plan needed at the city level to make a meaningful difference to climate change is a good idea.
“We want to make a global impact on our climate change,” said Ran-Resler. “But we are not looking at what cities do. To make a small change in the use of renewable energy… can then be taken very easily.
Ithaca College is not located within the city limits, but is part of Ithaca City, which enacted the same law Green New Agreement A new agreement for Ithaca Green, which promises carbon neutrality by 2030. The college as well Suggested A.D. To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, we need to be more carbon neutral by 2030 than ever before.
Smith said: Sustainability College efforts in general.
“I was shocked to see how my commitment to this kind of thing had waned for a while. ”[It] It was getting better two years ago, and with the current austerity measures: I see no way the college will be able to approach carbon neutral by 2030.
Dave Maley, Director of Public Relations He said. A.D. There will be no change in the college’s belief in achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.
He was going to college. at home The Center for Climate Justice (CCJ), however, will not be followed by the Academic Program Priority (APP) process and the ongoing removal of 116 full-time faculty positions. Sandra Steingraber, former renowned scholar–In–Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, was one of the editors of CCJ and left college in the spring of 2021. Starting in March 2021, CCJ said it was looking for another place to start.
After graduating from college, Steinberg became a senior scientist Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN) SEHN is a North American organization that focuses on the misuse of science in ways that do not protect human and environmental health. Steinberg said the city of Itaka’s carbon offsets are exciting and proud of that. She has the public pressure to help Sunrise activity In Chapter Itaka Ithaca Green helped launch a new agreement in Itaka City and the Carbonation Plan.
“This was a great example of how new ideas coming out of college can burn in the hearts of young people and enter the community after graduation and apply and apply some of the ideas they have learned.”
Smith said he hopes to hire a president who prioritizes sustainability and energy management to get the college back on track.
“We are in this container design,” Smith said. “We have an interim president, we have four interim deans, and we have a temporary provost. No one makes any big decisions until that shakes. So I think we should probably wait a year, but my hope is that the people who are most concerned about this will make it clear: What we really want is a president. [sustainability] It is one of the priorities.
President of the College prospectus Profile states That is to say. The College has a vision and practical commitment to sustainability by administering more than 150 sustainability courses and natural resources on campus. That is to say. The search for the president seeks an individual who is connected to the values of the school, students, staff and teachers.
Junior Kelly Warren, Project Manager Eco Representatives, The college focuses on natural gas and energy consumption. Peggy Ryan Williams Center According to the Itaka College Campus Map website, it uses more than 50% renewable energy sources. The site also claims geothermal energy for heating and cooling, and the building was certified in 2010 by the US Green Building Council LEED Platinum.
“It is important for the school to incorporate this system even more [geothermal] On campus, “Warren is available via email.”
Warren Eco said Representatives want to hold the school accountable for achieving its carbon neutrality goal by 2030.
“It is our job to push for these changes,” Warren said in an email. “The school is trying to be more eco-friendly.”,But sometimes we have to educate the entire college community in ways that encourage individual reform.
Evans said the city has a big goal to complete the electrification of all buildings by 2030. She said it was his plan Scary and It’s a big deal because such a plan has never been done before and there are no examples, but Ithaca says it is proud of its move to be carbon neutral.
Evans: “This is something I think people who live, work and go to school in Itaka can really be proud of.” “It gives me a lot of hope that this step will be taken at this stage, as you know, in small towns like Itaka. Think about it, if you can promote this to one state or the whole region or the world.
Contributed by Ketlin Hotzman, news editor.