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posticon Dramatic Reduction of Carbon Footprint for Ithaca Reform Temple

Around Town | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By Ian M. Shapiro, Brian K. Heltsley, and Shawn Murphy Print
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The Ithaca Reform Temple, Congregation Tikkun v'Or, has analyzed energy improvements to its synagogue on Triphammer Road. More than two full years of operation with the upgrades in place have been analyzed and are slightly different than some numbers that were prematurely circulating in the community.

In short: compared to years preceding the upgrades, carbon emissions have been slashed by 85%, natural gas use has been cut by 80%, electricity use has increased (by about 60%) as expected due to our conversion to air source heat pumps, and overall energy costs have been reduced by about a third (almost $2000/year savings).  In addition, the new heating system can be conveniently controlled and diagnosed remotely, and congregation members say they do it all the time.  For example, for special events, they adjust the temperatures remotely before and after the event.

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posticon IPEI - IHS Student And Teacher Awards Announced

Around Town | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By IPEI Print
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Last week the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) partnered with Ithaca High School (IHS) during its two awards ceremonies to present awards recognizing achievement in the arts, sciences and school community.

IPEI maintains the IHS Senior Class Fund, initiated in 2004, which produces three annual awards identified by the Senior class: the New Teacher Award, given to an untenured teacher who is showing distinction as a teacher, the Student Organization award, which recognizes a student group or club which positively supports the school community, and the Staff award, which recognizes a IHS staff member who has made the greatest impact on the students.

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posticon New Recycling Guidelines Brochure Published

Around Town | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By Geoff Dunn Print
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The new 2019-2020 Tompkins County Curbside Recycling Guidelines brochure is now available.  The brochure is produced by the Department of Recycling and Materials Management, and covers the 12-month period from July 2019 through June 2020.

Inside, there is valuable information about curbside recycling collection, including a list of items that can be recycled both at the curb and at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (160 Commercial Avenue in Ithaca).

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posticon Morrisett Named Dean Of Cornell Tech

Around Town | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By Cornell University Print
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Greg Morrisett, dean of Cornell University's Faculty of Computing and Information Science and an international expert in software security, has been named the Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced June 7. The five-year appointment, approved by the Executive Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees, is effective Aug. 1.

Morrisett has stewarded CIS through four years of explosive growth, recruiting world-renowned faculty, integrating the computer and information science departments, and spearheading the development of the new Department of Statistics and Data Science. His research focuses on building provably correct and secure software, with an emphasis on cryptographic schemes, machine learning and compilers.

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posticon Wells College Nationally Recognized

Around Town | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By Christopher Pollock Print
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wellsAurora, NY - The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) announced today that Wells College is a first-time recipient of a 2019 Educational Fundraising Award. The College's advancement division was recognized for best overall performance in the category of private liberal arts institutions with endowments under $100 million.

In assessing "overall performance," the CASE evaluators look for colleges and institutions whose advancement operations demonstrate "solid program growth, breadth in the base of support and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program." Wells is one of 39 institutions which received this award from CASE for the first time in 2019, and one of 90 institutions that received a CASE Educational Fundraising Award this year.

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