Ithaca, NY (WENY) -- The draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (aka the Green Building Policy) is open for public comment.

The City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca will be hosting two public meetings to share information and solicit comments.

The City and the Town have been working on a Green Building Policy (GBP) since 2017. In May 2018 the City Common Council and the Town Board adopted the GBP Report, which contained recommendations for code requirements that would substantially reduce carbon emissions in all new buildings, while emphasizing and supporting affordability.

Since then, a working group made up of City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca elected officials, senior staff, and other staff members, in conjunction with consultants Stream Collaborative and Taitem Engineering, have worked to add the necessary details to the GBP report recommendations.

The product is the current draft of the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement. This is meant to be an easy-to understand document that includes the content that will be in the final Energy Code Supplement, but is formatted for ease of discussion and editing.

The Code will require all new buildings to be constructed to produce 40% fewer GHG emissions than New York State code requires and will ramp down to require net-zero new construction by 2030.

The August 8, 2019 draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement is now being circulated for public comment.

Two public meetings will be held where Sustainability Coordinator Nick Goldsmith will be joined by members of the working group and consultant team to present a summary of the legislation and to field questions and comments from community members. The meetings will be free and open to the public.