We are pleased to announce that the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) received the second annual “Partners in Sustainability Award” from the Cornell University President’s Sustainable Campus Committee on Friday.

TCCPI is a multisector collaboration seeking to leverage the climate action commitments made by Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Tompkins County, and the City of Ithaca to mobilize a countywide energy efficiency effort and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. Launched in June 2008 and generously supported by the Park Foundation, TCCPI is a project of Second Nature, coordinated by Second Nature Senior Fellow Peter Bardaglio.  Learn more about TCCPI at www.tccpi.org.

TCCPI is designed to foster the kind of cross-sector collaboration needed to create a sustainable society.  The Partners in Sustainability Award is a tremendous validation that the approach and the work of all of TCCPI’s members is having a positive impact.

For more on this exciting award, see Cornell’s Media Advisory below, and this article in the Ithaca Journal.

Cornell to present second sustainability award to Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative

ITHACA, N.Y. – In honor of Sustainability Month, the Cornell University President’s Sustainable Campus Committee will present the second annual Partners in Sustainability Award to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative.

The award recognizes TCCPI for its ongoing partnership in regional carbon reduction strategies. The award ceremony at the Chamber of Commerce will include remarks from Kyu Whang, vice president of Facilities Services and co-chair of the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee; and Peter Bardaglio, TCCPI coordinator.

Cornell is proud to recognize TCCPI as an effective partner in the regional effort to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions, and specifically for the coalition’s achievements in the following areas:

  • Creation of a peer-to-peer mentoring network for leaders from government, education, not-for-profit, faith and business organizations.
  • High quality articles and opinion pieces on energy and climate issues in the local media.
  • Development of a regional strategy for achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Development of financing mechanisms for homeowners and businesses to achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets

“By recognizing groups that partner with higher education institutions to advance sustainability, we build on the successes of research and teaching, and acknowledge that we must also bring together practitioners and leaders throughout the world in support new policies and practices.” – Daniel Roth, Cornell University Sustainability Manager.

Cornell’s Partners in Sustainability Award is given each year to one or more recipients who have made significant contributions to the sustainable development of New York State and the Cornell campus through collaboration with Cornell University. Award winners will be evaluated in four categories: research, regional stewardship, education and public engagement. The 2010 recipient was NYSERDA for its leadership in statewide energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives. http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/April10/NyserdaAward.html

For additional information, visit: www.sustainablecampus.cornell.edu.