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Thu, Sep 29


The Soil Factory

Net-Zero Cities panel and potluck

Join a discussion of Ithaca's plans to transform energy and society, then stick around for music and a potluck dinner.

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Net-Zero Cities panel and potluck
Net-Zero Cities panel and potluck

Time & Location

Sep 29, 2022, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The Soil Factory, 610 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

About this event

In November 2021, the City of Ithaca announced the approval of a plan to decarbonize all of its buildings by 2030, making it the first city in the United States working to become 100% decarbonized. With greenhouse gas emissions being the leading cause of global warming, decarbonization substitutes harmful energy systems with renewable sources.

Organized by Climate Now and co-hosted by Story House Ithaca, this community event brings together local leaders to discuss what it will take for the City of Ithaca to decarbonize equitably and bring the city's net emissions down to zero. How can local residents benefit from Ithaca's net-zero journey? What skills are needed to retrofit all of Ithaca's buildings? What needs to be done to ensure the energy transition doesn't unduly burden any of Ithaca's residents but instead uplifts them and builds community wealth and resilience?

Moderator: James Lawler, Climate Now



Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres, City of Ithaca 

Dr. Neha Khanna, Binghamton University and Cornell University 

Rebecca Evans, City of Ithaca 

Dr. Aigbokhan Aloja Airewele, Green Energy Workforce Training Center

The event is part of a three-part event series, in partnership with The Future of Small Cities Institute, diving into Ithaca's plans and strategies to transform energy and society, to then create a blueprint for cities across the United States. It will be recorded and edited for a podcast for a global audience. 

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