Cayuga County has a long history of clean energy leadership with the adoption of a Comprehensive Sustainability Energy and Development Plan; the installation of geothermal systems at Memorial City Hall, Auburn Police and Fire Station; and the establishment of the Cayuga County Public Utility Services Agency. In May 2017, The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that Cayuga County had been designated a Clean Energy Community, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy in its communities.
Clean Communities of CNY strives to advance the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. They have a network of approximately 90 volunteer coalitions, which develop public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction.
Ithaca Carshare is a non-profit carsharing organization offering membership-based 24/7 self-serve access to shared vehicles around Ithaca and on Cornell's campus. Their mission is to enhance community access to transportation while reducing negative environmental and economic impacts of car use.