Luis Aguirre-Torres: Ithaca Net Zero 2030 Strategy: A Blueprint For City-Wide Decarbonization

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Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres is the director of sustainability for the City of Ithaca, where he is in charge of the design and implementation of the City's decarbonization and climate justice strategies. He is also cochair of the NY State Climate Impact Assessment, Society and Economy Technical Working Group. Prior to joining the City of Ithaca, he was the President and CEO of GreenMomentum, a think tank organization specialized in climate change legislation, as well as renewable energy deployment and financing. In 2012 and 2016 he was recognized by the White House for his work promoting climate justice in Latin America.


The City of Ithaca announced in 2021 its intention to decarbonize its entire building stock before 2030. As the first city to commit to full decarbonization, Ithaca faces a number of challenges as it prepares to deploy innovative operational and financial strategies which, if successful, may become a blueprint for decarbonizing 90% of the cities in the U.S.


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