Our Sponsors

Climate Champions

logo redsignDryden Mutual Insurance Company is a New York State co-operative insurance company committed to supporting the local economy through efficient transfer of risk for the region’s families and businesses. Since 1860, Dryden Mutual has strived to create and sustain strong financial security for all types and sizes of policyholders, while maintaining respectable ratings from national insurance organizations.

McNeilCoMcNeil & Company, Inc. is a leading provider of insurance programs and risk management services for emergency service organizations and other speciality markets nationwide.  Specifically established to create and deliver a higher value service, McNeil offers exceptional programs tailored to meet the diverse needs of our clients.  Our individually designed policies provide the most complete coverage available in the industry today.  McNeil & Company property and casualty program policies are currently insured by “A+” Rated Carriers.  Both McNeil and our carriers are extremely selective in the risks we choose to underwrite and insure.  We have the underwriting expertise and administrative capability to allow us to evaluate, process, and service any business segment that we choose to participate in.

Park LogoThe Park Foundation was formed in 1966. Its original focus was on education and grant-making in communities where Park Communications had interests. When he died in 1993, Mr. Park bequeathed more than 70 percent of his holdings to the Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to the aid and support of education, public broadcasting, environment, and other selected areas of interest to the Park family. Through their Sustainable Ithaca program, the Foundation supports efforts to help Tompkins County become a fully sustainable community – environmentally, socially and economically. Priority is given to projects that incorporate a collaborative approach to reaching sustainability goals. Priority is also given to projects that utilize inclusive approaches to address racial, economic and other forms of inequality. Mr. Park’s family continues an active involvement in the Foundation, with his daughter, and granddaughter serving as trustees, and his wife serving as President Emeritus.

Climate Guardians

Atkinson Center
The David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future advances multidisciplinary research in Energy, the Environment and Economic Development and cultivates innovative collaborations within and beyond Cornell to foster a sustainable future for all.  The Center stimulates problem-focused discussion and discoveries and  accelerates the development and application of sustainable solutions.

HOLT-architectsCelebrating 50 years in business, HOLT brings sustainable and innovative designs to healthcare, higher education, community, and business clients. HOLT places great focus on building solutions that lower energy consumption, reduce maintenance costs, and minimize environmental impacts. HOLT has been an integral part of our region’s development, growth and success in protecting our environment since the firm’s inception in 1963.


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MA-LiftonAssemblywoman Barbara Lifton represents the 125th Assembly District of New York, which includes all of Tompkins County, the City of Cortland and the towns of Cortlandville, Virgil, Harford and Lapeer in Cortland County. Assemblywoman Lifton was first elected in 2002 and is now starting her sixth term. As a former teacher, Barbara makes education a priority, and continues to push for reform of our PreK-12 schools and fight for state support for all college students, especially on SUNY campuses. She has worked on other issues of importance to women and families, including daycare, healthcare, and the licensing of midwives. Since 2008, she has devoted significant time to legislation and advocacy dealing with the issue of high volume hydrofracking. Barbara has authored eleven bills related to hydrofracking, filed amicus briefs in the Dryden Home Rule case, testified and submitted comments to the DEC and EPA, participated in several Assembly hearings on hydrofracking, authored numerous legislative sign-on letters, and spoken at meetings, rallies and to the media. She was a leader in the effort to make sure New York had the best, most secure, accurate and reliable voting machines possible after the federal government passed the Help America Vote Act. After the state passed its law in 2005, the Speaker appointed her to be his representative to the Citizens’ Election Modernization Advisory Committee, a bipartisan committee to make recommendations to the State Board of Elections as New York worked to implement the new law. She serves on five standing committees in the Assembly – Agriculture, Election Law, Environmental Conservation, Higher Education and Mental Health, served in 2009 as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, and in 2011 was designated as Chair of the Assembly Majority Steering Committee.

Climate Stewards

CMC_logoCayuga Medical Center is the fourth largest employer in Tompkins County with over 1300 employees. The main campus is located on the west side of Cayuga Lake, with services also at the Island Health Center, East Campus, and Cortland. CMC recently opened a new regional laboratory, launched major construction projects to expand surgical services and construct a new maternity, and kicked off a collaborative partnership with Schuyler Hospital. CMC has developed partnerships with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Weill Cornell Medical College, Ithaca College, TC3, University of Rochester Medical Center, and The Rochester Heart Institute.

City of IthacaThe City of Ithaca made a commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. As part of their efforts, they used a NYSERDA grant to hire a temporary Sustainability Coordinator to advance the City’s efforts to reduce emissions and move to a more sustainable energy use. The City’s achievements thus far include: completed a detailed inventory of GHG emissions from City operations and community emissions on which we based an updated Energy Action Plan; created an active Green Fleet Committee to oversee the implementation of the Green Fleet Policy; developed and adopted an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing amendment to the purchasing policy; signed a purchase agreement to buy 100% RECs (renewable energy credits) and a contract for solar leases in 2 City buildings; partnered with Tompkins County’s ReBusiness Program to assess waste management at major City facilities and identify improvement opportunities, and created a Waste Representatives group to collaborate and lead the process.

Committed to Change ProgramCommitted to Change Program at Ithaca College
seeks to provide the best possible opportunities for students and faculty alike to learn about and pursue careers focused on sustainability with an emphasis on local and global connections and partnerships.

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Lutron Electronics Company, Inc. is a privately held corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells lighting control systems and a variety of other related products. Its worldwide operations are headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.  Its founder and owner Joel Spira was the inventor of the world’s first solid state dimmer in 1959, which served as the basis of Lutron’s early business. Since that time, Lutron has expanded its offerings to over 15,000 products. Today Lutron is one of the world’s lighting control companies for both residential and commercial applications.

SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland, as a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, is committed to reducing energy use, and ending our contribution to the destruction of the environment and the social injustice caused by uncontrolled climate change.  We recently received a Silver rating in the Sustainability Tracking and Reporting System (STARS) from AASHE.  We demonstrate our commitment to sustainability in a variety of ways including our LEED construction building designs, community sustainability partnerships, “No Mow Zones”, electric vehicles, and our community bike program.

Sustainability at Ithaca College with venn diagramSustainability at Ithaca College has three inter-related aspects: curriculum and research, campus operations, and community outreach. We work with faculty to help infuse sustainability theory and practice into coursework across disciplines and to guide faculty and student research into sustainable solutions for real-world challenges. We identify opportunities for students to “learn by doing” both on campus and in the local community to develop their skills. In campus operations, we strive to create a “living-learning” environment that models and reinforces classroom learning about sustainability. As a learning organization, we seek to lighten our own “footprint” and become more sustainable. In our outreach efforts, we “spread the message” about the critical importance of more sustainable decision-making. Sustainability for Ithaca College is not a competitive advantage, it is an operational and developmental imperative, so it is important for us share what we have learned with others and to learn from others as well.

Taitem-Engineering-logoTaitem Engineering, PC, is a consulting firm based in Ithaca, NY, specializing in mechanical, electrical, and structural design, energy studies, and energy research. Founded in 1989, the firm has completed over 600 design projects, for which it has received several awards. Projects have included commercial buildings, museums, industrial buildings, offices, educational buildings, houses of worship, multifamily buildings, and more. Its staff includes seven licensed professional engineers, six LEED-accredited professionals, three certified multifamily building energy auditors, two certified energy managers, a master plumber, and a master electrician. “Taitem” stands for “Technology As If The Earth Mattered,” reflecting the firm’s commitment to the environment.

TC_Logo Modified 3-13Tompkins County Planning Department provides planning and related services to County government and local municipalities. The Department is charged by the County Charter with preparing a comprehensive plan for the development of the county; collecting and distributing data and information on the County’s population, land use, housing, environment, and community facilities; preparing planning studies and analyses; and acting as a resource for county agencies and communities seeking funding from sources other than County government. The Department’s focus is on implementing the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan and its priority action plan. Sustainability planning is integrated into all aspects of the Department’s work - from promoting development of livable, dense communities to protecting open space and stream buffers to developing strategies to help the community reduce energy use, transition to renewable sources of energy, and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

TownofDrydenLogoWarmColorsThe Towns of Dryden and Ithaca both have a fundamental commitment to protect and enhance economic, community, and environmental resources. Currently, the Towns are focusing primarily on environmental sustainability, working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Town operations and community-wide. The two Towns have collaborated in their sustainability efforts since 2009, when they received grant funding for a TOI_LOGO_HI-RESshared sustainability planner.







Yaman Real Estate is a name synonymous with quality, and a name both buyers and sellers have grown to know and trust over 60 years of service in the real estate market, . Founded on integrity, price and personal service, Yaman Real Estate is committed to providing the first time home buyer or experienced investor with useful information on how to choose the right property, make an offer, negotiate, obtain financing, and more. Our professional team is committed to providing clients with unrivaled, excellent service.

Climate Friends

Black Oak Wind FarmBlack Oak Wind Farm is a 12.6 MW community-owned wind farm under development in the Town of Enfield in Tompkins County. The first community-owned commercial scale wind development in the East, it will be made up of 7 turbines, 1.8 MW each, and will generate enough power to supply 4500 homes. Construction is slated to start December 2013, with the project operational summer 2014.

cornell-logoCornell Department of Government and Community Relations: Cornell University supports research, scholarship, and the practical application of knowledge that address one of humankind’s greatest challenges: achieving a sustainable world for all, while maintaining the founding principles of an institution where any person can find instruction in any study. On the Ithaca campus alone nearly 20,000 students representing every state and 120 countries choose from among 4,000 courses in 11 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. Many undergraduates participate in a wide range of interdisciplinary programs, play meaningful roles in original research, and study in Cornell programs in Washington, New York City, and the world over. And as New York’s land-grant university, Cornell student, staff and faculty initiatives continually connect with on-and-off-campus communities, from all walks of life, on “Knowledge and Practice for Sustainability.”

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Cortland Business Development Corporation (CCBDC) works closely with a variety of local and state economic development partners to retain, create, and attract jobs to the community, thus improving the County’s economy and quality of life. Agriculture is an important component of Cortland County’s economy. Helping those who work in this area learn about and prepare for significant trends, like changing weather patterns associated with climate change, is a vital part of our mission, which is why we’re happy to sponsor the Climate Smart & Climate Ready conference and, particularly, the session focused on agriculture.

Downtown Ithaca Alliance

Downtown Ithaca Alliance serves people who live and work downtown, city and county residents, college communities, area visitors and tourists.  Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District, established in 1997, is a not for profit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion and management of downtown Ithaca. For more information about locating your business in downtown Ithaca, contact the Alliance at (607) 277-8679. 

Green Home Heroes


Green Home Heroes, LLC is a local Ithaca-area company specializing in Homeowner Services including Real Estate Home Inspections, Infrared Thermography, and Home Energy Consulting and Retrofit work. At Green Home Heroes we are passionate about healthy energy efficient homes, and doing what we can to make it easy for people to do the right thing. We help people understand how their home works and how small changes in lifestyle and thinking have a big impact on the world around them. Green Home Heroes is Licensed by the State of NY, BPI certified, and a Level II Thermograher. Green Home Heroes, The power is yours!

Renovus_logoRenovus Energy
 is a local design and installation firm based in Ithaca that is celebrating their 10-year anniversary this year. Renovus has taken great pride in installing the highest quality renewable energy systems over the past decade, and we have expanded our services to include all home comfort systems, with an eye towards low energy consumption and renewable energy incorporation. We’re local experts with friendly answers!

Snug_planet_logoSnug Planet wants you to be comfortable in your building. We take an integrated approach to assess and improve your building’s energy performance to make it more comfortable, durable and efficient.  Our trained and certified building analysts conduct comprehensive home assessments to evaluate your home’s insulation, air leakage, mechanical systems, and appliances to improve comfort and save energy. We employ the latest diagnostic technologies and work with you to address your concerns about your building.  We are a BPI-accredited, Energy Star certified contractor who believes in providing an excellent customer experience while we improve your home. We are confident that you’ll be happy with our work. Just imagine: You can come home to a warm house on a cold winter’s night—an efficient, affordable home. www.snugplanet.com.

TCA LogoTompkins Community Action is a private not-for-profit charitable organization that implements programs that partner with individuals and families in Tompkins County as they develop to their full potential.  Since 1977 our energy programs have improved the health, safety and energy efficiency of homes through building performance services and consumer education.  We offer energy efficiency measures to all income levels through the Weatherization Assistance Program, EmpowerNY, NYSERDA Home Performance with Energy Star, and Building Energy Solutions (BES). BES provides installation of home energy efficiency measures ranging from furnace and window replacement to air sealing and appliance replacement. We start with a certified whole home energy audit, assist with rebates when available, and provide a comprehensive report defining energy use and potential savings and efficiencies. TCAction is certified as a BPI Contractor by the Building Performance Institute and staff deliver professional, safe and reliable services.

Tompkins County Climate Protection InitiativeTompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI), with the generous support of the Park Foundation, is an award-winning, multi-sector collaboration seeking to leverage the climate action commitments made by Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, and the towns of Caroline, Dryden, and Ithaca to establish and mobilize a coalition of local community leaders who are committed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, greater energy efficiency, and a clean energy economy. Since the establishment of the TCCPI coalition in June 2008, we have helped to generate ideas and support projects that have moved the county towards a more sustainable and climate resilient future, including the Tompkins Energy Conservation Corps, Get Your Greenback, Tompkins!, the EPA Climate Showcase Community Project, Energize Ithaca, and the Black Oak Wind Farm.

Travis Hyde Properties LogoTravis Hyde Properties manages over 830,000 square feet spread among 19 properties in Ithaca and Binghamton. Product types include residential, office, storage, retail and industrial. Originally founded as Ithaca Rentals and Renovations, Inc. in 1977 by Mack Travis, the company was re-branded in 2011 following his retirement. Frost Travis and Chris Hyde run the privately-owned company.

Weaver WindWeaver Wind is a local turbine design and manufacturing firm. Low-cost manufacturing, poor design, and cheap parts have dominated the residential wind industry over the past decade. This is what inspired Art Weaver to create a product that provides a realistic amount of power, has superior engineering, and is built with 100% USA- made components. The designers at Weaver Wind Energy took a novel approach when designing their turbine and believe that they have a product that will be able to last for fifteen years, maintenance free. All of Weaver Wind Energy’s components are designed and assembled in Ithaca, New York, to keep jobs local and ensuring they stand by their name.

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Sustainable Tompkins

J. David Ferris, Ph.D., CEO