Ithaca City School District proposing new boilers at Enfield Elementary School

Ithaca City School District 2019 Proposed Capital Project
New Boilers at Enfield Elementary School

Make your voice heard at one or more of these events:

Public Hearing:  May 13, 7:30 pm in the Board Room, 400 Lake Street

Community Conversation:  May 14, 5:30 pm in the Board Room, 400 Lake Street

Community Conversation: May 15, 5:30 pm at DeWitt Middle School, 560 Warren Road

It’s great news that the ICSD plans to replace the existing Enfield Elementary School boilers and associated equipment that has reached the end of its useful service life with more energy efficient equipment.  However, we believe the proposed new, improved boilers, though more efficient than the current ones, will still require fossil fuel.  (We have not been able to verify the exact planned replacement equipment with the ICSD facilities department.)

If you would like to encourage the ICSD to invest in less fossil-fuel-intensive energy sources for heating such as geothermal, heat pumps, and solar, we encourage you to attend one of the above meetings to make your thoughts heard.  At the same time they’re good for the planet, these solutions can be money savers over time.

The vote on the entire Capital Project, of which the Enfield boilers is only a piece, is on May 21. 

Special Enfield Town Board Meeting May 29: Wind and Solar Laws

There will be a Special Enfield Town Board meeting to discuss the draft wind and solar laws:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Enfield Community Building

182 Enfield Main Road

Tompkins County Environmental Management Council Needs a Representative from Enfield

The Town of Enfield is seeking a volunteer representative for the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council.

The Environmental Management Council was created in 1971 and has been active since. The EMC meets to discuss issues of the environment and works on projects that respond to renewable energy issues, water quality, unique natural areas, climate adaptation and hazard mitigation, and much more. They may also serve as a conduit between towns and the County Legislature.
Meetings last about 1.5 hours and occur on the second Thursday of each month, except August. Special committees meet about once per month when working on a project. Members serve 2 year terms and first meet early in the new year. The appointee may report to the Enfield Town Board quarterly on the work of the council, or more frequently as necessary.
Enfield has at least 8 designated Unique Natural Areas, is actively considering our oversight for commercial and residential renewable energy development, and will soon have a completed Aquifer Study in place to help us better understand the water sources in our town so we may protect them. Having a representative from Enfield on this council would be a valuable contribution for the town.
For more information about this council, visit
If you’d like to be considered for appointed by the Enfield Town Board to be the Enfield representative for this council, please contact Supervisor Elect, Beth McGee, by December 31st, at 288-2384 or
Your commitment to this effort would be an important addition to our goal to effectively manage our environmental responsibilities in Enfield. Thank you for considering.

Are you still using incandescent light bulbs?
Would you like to save money and use less electricity?
LED light bulbs are an excellent solution!

Many people looked at LED light bulbs a few years ago and didn’t like the quality of light they produced. The technology is now vastly improved and the current LED light bulbs look GREAT! They contain no mercury (unlike compact fluorescents). They’re dimmable. And they’re made in a large va- riety of wattages and shapes.

Why make the switch? 
You’ll both save money AND contribute to a cleaner environment!

At the present a 60-watt-equivalent LED bulb that lasts for 25,000 hours can cost as little as $1.75. A 60-watt incandescent bulb costs a bit less up front, but lasts only 1/25th as long! And the cost of LED bulbs is dropping all the time.

You also save big on electricity. Here’s a bit of rough calculation showing annual savings based on 3 hours of use per day per 60 watt equivalent LED bulb at $.11 per kWh. Note that the numbers are changing all the time, in favor of the consumer!

Number of bulbs            Annual electricity savings
  1 --------------------------------> $     9.73
  5 --------------------------------> $   48.63
10 --------------------------------> $   97.27
15 --------------------------------> $ 145.90
20 --------------------------------> $ 194.54 
30 --------------------------------> $ 291.80
40 --------------------------------> $ 389.07 

So why not?!