Justice50 adapts the federal Justice40 program to the need in Ithaca. In both, the level of investment in certain communities is based on financial requirements and historic injustice.
In 2022, the City quickly satisfied the first sub-goal for Justice50, to determine an Ithaca specific definition of a Climate Justice Community. The Office of Sustainability referenced both the federal and state Disadvantaged Community guidelines and incorporated Ithaca specific considerations to produce a definition. City government approved the definition. Unfortunately, the City has not achieved the second sub-goal to establish Justice50 Implementation Guidelines. These guidelines will determine how the City will ensure that 50% of IGND investment is directed to Climate Justice Communities.