The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that Tompkins County is the first county in the Southern Tier to be designated a Clean Energy Community, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy in its communities. This announcement complements Southern Tier Soaring, the regional economic blueprint aimed at attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation.
Communities that complete at least four of ten high impact actions and meet all eligibility requirements are both designated by New York State as a Clean Energy Community and are eligible to apply for grants to fund additional clean energy projects. As the first in its region, Tompkins County is eligible to apply for an award at the maximum funding level of $250,000 to further advance its work in reducing GHG emissions and energy use.
It is the policy of Tompkins County to:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reach a minimum 80 percent reduction from 2008 levels by 2050 and reduce reliance on fossil fuels across all sectors.
Improve the energy efficiency of all components of the community energy system.
Increase the use of local and regional renewable energy sources and technologies.
Increase carbon capture and storage in the county’s forests, wetlands, and soils.
Reduce the amount of material disposed in landfills.