The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has recognized the city of Ithaca as New York’s 17th local government to be designated a Certified Climate Smart Community. Street signs highlighting the city’s achievement of certification were presented to Mayor Svante Myrick.
Launched in 2014, the Climate Smart Communities Certification Program recognizes local governments that have taken action to reduce emissions and protect their communities from a changing climate. The city of Ithaca earned certification points in nearly all of the 10 Climate Smart Community Pledge Elements, illustrating its comprehensive climate action strategy that embraces both mitigation and adaptation. Ithaca has completed multiple greenhouse gas emissions inventories for both municipal operations and the broader community, and created an Energy Action Plan to guide progress toward reducing emissions.
Ithaca has also worked hard to improve quality of life in the community and create a dense, walkable city.