“I meet regularly with two or three different activist groups who are keeping track of what’s going on and are very engaged with Ithaca Green New Deal and want to support it however we can,” Rhodes said. “So, it’s not just me individually, I don’t think we could have gotten this far if everybody was just acting individually. I think what has really moved us forward is the collective work, is working together, building relationships, working together as a community, staying engaged, staying accountable to each other.”
As Thanksgiving approaches, the team has several major aspects of the bridge they are looking to complete, Lockwood said. The biggest of which is the setting of the beams of the bridge, which the team plans to place on Nov. 22, 2021. From there, the team can begin pouring the deck of the bridge, bringing it closer to completion and becoming driveable.
But going back to Oolie's point regarding solar panels and their success in Germany, solar energy developer, Nexamp, proposed to build a solar facility in Ithaca. Ryan McCune, the company's business development manager said that a 25 acre solar plant could help, but not fully, meet the energy demands that the City currently has. However, no word or update has been released yet regarding if the solar plant will be approved and if it will come to fruition as the decarbonization plan encompasses more buildings than the develop initially proposed.