In 2004, the Ithaca Housing Authority began to plan for an effort to conserve energy by working with the NYSERDA (NY State Energy and Research Development Authority). They began a twelve year project to convert the heating system. IHA upgraded boiler systems and furnaces, installed Energy Star appliances, and added a state-of-the-art heat recovery ventilation system. IHA estimates that it will save $80,000 a year on energy costs.
In 2009, the EPA and HUD awarded the Ithaca Housing Authority with the 2009 ENERGY STAR Award for Energy.