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Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Lead Agency

Town of Ithaca
Planning Board





This website is being offered to provide you with important information and documents relating to the transportation-focused Generic Environmental Impact Statement ("t-GEIS"). The t-GEIS is being done to identify, examine, and evaluate the transportation-related impacts on the surrounding community of hypothetical population growth at Cornell University over the next ten years. It will also explore possible mitigations to these impacts. Once the draft t-GEIS, and eventually the final t-GEIS, are available, they will be put on this site as well. There will be opportunities for the public and involved governmental agencies to comment on the t-GEIS before it is final. These opportunities, along with the dates of public hearings will be announced on this website and in other media.

Generic environmental impact statements (GEISs) are still environmental impact statements (EISs) under New York State and Town of Ithaca Environmental Quality Review laws and follow all the same rules, however:

"Generic EISs may be broader, and more general than site or project specific EISs and should discuss the logic and rationale for the choices advanced...They may be based on conceptual information in some cases...They may present and analyze in general terms a few hypothetical scenarios that could and are likely to occur."
[6 NYCRR 617.10 (a)]


All information is current as of December 19, 2008 8:53 AM


t-GEIS Progress Page: November's progress is posted.

Process and Project Documents

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Links to various news articles and press releases.

Meeting Schedule

Consultant Information

Two consultants have been hired to provide technical analyses and to coordinate the overall effort:

  • Martin/Alexiou/Bryson, PLLC, a North Carolina-based consultant specializing in college and university transportation projects.
  • Trowbridge and Wolf of Ithaca. Contact 607-277-1400.


  • Stay informed of changes to the tgeisproject website by subscribing to the tgeis Google Group. Click here for more information.
  • The GEIS process at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation web site.
  • New York State Rules and Regulations 6 NYCRR 617.10(a) (SEQR) in PDF Format.
  • Cornell's TDM program at the Cornell Sustainable Campus web site.
  • Cornell's Office of Transportation and Mail Services (T&MS).

Many of the documents on this site are in PDF format. To download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.




Town of Ithaca

Cornell University


Updated 12/19/2008