GO ITHACA Launching Sustainable Transportation Leaders Program

Program for teens starts July 13th; graduates receive a special certification

ITHACA NY JULY 1, 2020 — This summer, GO ITHACA is launching a Sustainable Transportation Leaders program, a six-week-long youth engagement program aimed at educating Tompkins County’s high school students about sustainable travel and how they can travel more efficiently.
Throughout the program, which starts Monday, July 13 and runs through August 21, students will learn about and participate in activities designed to immerse themselves in different modes of transportation.
Additionally, they will have the opportunity to engage with local leaders working in the transportation sector.
Participants can complete the program by attending the weekly Zoom meetings or by viewing all of the Zoom recordings and engaging in all of the weekly activities. Once they complete all the program requirements, they will receive a special certificate that distinguishes them as a Sustainable Transportation Leader.
“Our youth are the world’s future; because of this, we need to equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills necessary now to make transformative changes today and tomorrow. I hope that the Sustainable Transportation Leaders program plants that seed for transformative change by educating and empowering high schoolers in Tompkins County to begin working toward a more healthy and sustainable future on a personal level,” says Ayana Smith, program lead for the Sustainable Transportation Leadership Program.
For your convenience, a schedule of classes is available below. If you are a high school student in Tompkins County who is interested in participating in this program, email Ayana Smith at ayana@goithaca.org, for additional information.



Darlene M. Wilber, outreach coordinator

ABOUT GO ITHACA:  GO ITHACA is a Transportation Management Association funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The TMA aims at helping employees and residents commute as well as get around downtown Ithaca while driving alone less by offering free and discounted transportation services. GO ITHACA partners with TCAT, the Center for Community Transportation (a consortium comprised of groups like Ithaca CarShare and Bike-Walk Tompkins) and other local transportation providers. GO ITHACA was initiated by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance in 2017 as a pilot Transportation Demand Management Program funded in part by New York State Energy Research and Development and the New York State Department of Transportation.

ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ITHACA ALLIANCE: The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion, and management of the Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District.