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  • Student Outreach Team Carlos Rymer Gregory Falco
    • “ The goal of the Outreach Team of the EcoCity Action Group is to engage different sectors of the community to create an evolving EcoCity vision . Successful green cities got people excited about the quality of life they can create together through a variety of participatory processes. The Outreach Team will research the feasibility of various options, develop the content of a mixed media, interactive educational outreach tool located in different city centers, identify stakeholders , conduct interviews on people’s responses to the presentation, and use that feedback to refine the vision and outreach methods.”
    Initial Purpose
    • Standing Computer Screen (at Library, Greenstar, Center Ithaca, etc.) with information about Ithaca’s Footprint
    • Announcements at Group Meetings (Schools, Churches, etc.)
    • Engaging stakeholders in automated rapid transit proposal
    • Community Awareness-Raising Events
    • Surveys
    First Ideas
    • The City of Ithaca has the highest percentage of walk-to-work trips in New York—over 40% of trips! Only 36% of work trips are via private motor vehicle.
    • In comparison, 22% of residents walk to work in Manhattan, 8.4% in Saratoga Springs, 10.8% in Albany, 5.3% in Buffalo, 5.8% in Binghamton, 6.2% NYS average.
    • Bicycling accounted for 1.8% of work trips in the City of Ithaca according to the 2000 Census— four times the national average of 0.44% (the NYS average is 0.39%; 58% of Tompkins County).
    Ithaca Already Leading!
  • In 2004, approximately 7.9 million kWh of electricity; 294,000 therms of natural gas; and 199,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel. The energy consumed in 2004 cost the City of Ithaca $860,000 and produced 7300 tons of eCO 2 . The City of Ithaca set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 2001 levels by 2016.
    • Methane recovery from waste treatment plant.
    • Urban forestry.
    • Energy efficiency and conservation in buildings.
    • 81% of City Hall is powered by wind.
    • Replaced inefficient vehicle in fleet and reduced miles driven.
    • Streetlight upgrades.
  • Burlington, VT Population: 37,884 Energy Efficiency Costs: $14.8 million (Not including $14.9million in private funds) Energy Savings: $7.2 million (2006) Walk to work: 5.6% of residents (Not including 4.6% work from home and 12.3% carpool) Ithaca, NY Population: 30,566 Energy Efficiency Costs: $5.5 million Energy Savings: $571,000 (2006) Walk to work: 16% of residents (Includes students) #1 Green City #2 Green City
    • Goal 1: To engage the Cornell community in learning, discussing, and eventually approving the vision of Connect Ithaca, which includes collaborative planning for an Ithaca-wide personal rapid transit (PRT) system. Goal 2: To outreach to the downtown Ithaca community about Connect Ithaca and work with any other parties in promoting PRT in Ithaca.
    Goals
  • Designing A Strategy
    • Online Presence
    • Communication Capability
    • News Access
    • Media Hits
    • Public Presentations
    • Gaining Supporters
    • Meetings with Stakeholders
  • First Focus: Automated Rapid Transit
    • Automated podcars that can move at 30-40 mph and carry passengers to destinations of density.
    • System can be built without displacing current automobile capacity or obstructing views.
    • Preserves limited street space for other mobility modes and opens up previous parking space to recreation, housing, or business.
    • Guides development in a more transit-oriented way, increasing the efficiency of the local productivity.
    • Can cost less than all other alternatives and runs on electricity (from any source).
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  • Link all the city’s density areas Connect the dots… develop the dots.
  • What is outreach?
  • Where do we go from here?
  • Apple Fest
    • Planting a bug
    • Getting the public involved
  • Connecting Ithaca – 1 blog at a time
  • Got JPods?
  • Local Activist Support!
    • Sustainability Hub
    • Sustainable Tompkins County
    • Cornell community
  • Get Connected------ Are you in?