Regional and International Cooperation

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The City will engage nearby cities to join initiatives that require a larger base. Internationally, the spotlight on the IGND initiatives allow them to be more readily adopted by other communities worldwide. Hopefully, many communities will build off of this model to spring forward more quickly.


This Scorecard goal is completed, though there are annual requirements the City will need to fulfill. The City committed to “produce an annual report on progress, specifically describing all verifiable aspects of implementation, highlighting all quantifiable results, presented in contrast with the objectives and targets...” See more here.

Finger Lakes Energy Compact


The Finger Lakes Energy Compact was founded in 2021 by Cornell University, the City of Ithaca, and the Town of Ithaca. The Compact has the support of the United Nations and other compact entities. The goal of the Compact is to contribute meaningful solutions and demonstrable change in support of a clean, just, renewable energy future. The Compact supports and amplifies the goals of the Cornell Climate Action Plan and the City of Ithaca's Green New Deal.

What criteria are we using to measure progress?
  • Ongoing: The Finger Lakes Energy Compact has been established and is overseen by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals Program. Compact members share solutions to achieve the goals of the U.N.’s SDG Acceleration Actions and the Paris Agreement.

24/7 Carbon Free Energy Compact


The United Nations 24/7 Carbon Free Energy Compact is a set of principles and actions that stakeholders across the energy ecosystem can commit to in order to drive systemic change. It is a new approach to clean energy that accelerates the decarbonization of electricity systems by enabling organizations to meet their full electricity demand with carbon-free resources—every hour, every day, everywhere. The 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact is a global community that provides the support, tools, and partners that organizations need to make this a reality.

What criteria are we using to measure progress?
  • The Carbon Free Energy Compact has been established. The City and Town of Ithaca will support and leverage Cornell’s research initiatives and campus efforts in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Together, they will support the adoption of clean and efficient energy, the acceleration of new energy technologies and a just approach to energy access.