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Climate Showcase Community Proposal

The Climate Showcase Community Proposal was introduced to the public at the public meeting on June 12. Below is the announcement for the meeting; we’ll post further information as it arrives.


Climate Showcase Community Proposal – Public Information Meeting
June 12

On Wednesday, June 12, Tompkins County will hold a public information
meeting to explain a proposal for development of a “Climate Showcase
Community” on 26 acres of County-owned land on Harris B. Dates Drive
next to Cayuga Medical Center.The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the
Museum of the Earth at 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) in the Town of

Tompkins County, in association with EcoVillage at Ithaca’s Center
for Sustainability Education, received a U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency Climate Showcase Communities grant in 2011 to demonstrate how the
principles learned over 20 years of developing EcoVillage at Ithaca can
be used to design and develop new energy-efficient communities that
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and resource use while providing a high
quality of life.More information on the grant can be found at the
project website www.community-that-works.org

As part of the project, the County released a Request for Proposals in
July 2012 for developers to build such a community on the County
property.The proposal from Better Housing for Tompkins County, Inc. and
The NRP Group, LLC is currently under review by the County, and
representatives from both organizations will be present to describe the
concept for their proposal and receive community input.All interested
members of the public are invited to attend.

For more information contact Ed Marx, AICP, Tompkins County
Commissioner of Planning at emarx@tompkins-co.org
or 274-5560.

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