Ithaca moves to decarbonize all 6,000 of its buildings

The city of Ithaca, New York, home to Cornell University and some 30,000 people, voted Wednesday to move forward with a first-of-its-kind program aiming to decarbonize all 6,000 of its residential and commercial buildings.

Ithaca’s Common Council moved unanimously to authorize a series of firms, led by Brooklyn-based startup BlocPower, to help administer the Efficiency Retrofit and Thermal Load Electrification Program, which was developed to enable the city to meet its economywide decarbonization target of 2030.

The program provides a plan to retrofit buildings with better insulation and windows to improve energy efficiency and to move off fossil fuels by replacing
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