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Community Action on Climate Change

Climate Smart Communities: A Network of Leaders

Step One - Take the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) pledge.

Taking the CSC pledge expresses your community's commitment to taking action on climate change. Becoming a member of the CSC program is free and voluntary; there are no fees or legal requirements.

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Participation benefits your municipality through leadership recognition and access to technical assistance and other New York State resources. With support from regional coordinators, each Climate Smart Community defines its own best strategies for cutting energy use, reducing emissions, and adapting to climate change. The CSC program is one of the few places where local governments can find free technical support, tailored to New York State communities.

Take the CSC pledge and become part of this dedicated group of municipal leaders who have committed to

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • prepare for the impacts of climate change
  • save taxpayer dollars
  • increase energy security and reliability
  • enhance climate resiliency
  • demonstrate leadership
  • advance community goals for public health and safety, and
  • support a green innovation economy

Want more information on what local governments can do to act on climate change? Look through the Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action.

Step Two - Take action to protect your community and save taxpayer dollars.

The CSC Certification Program helps organize and guide municipal action on climate change. The resources and priorities laid out the in CSC Certification Program can help your community design a customized strategy to address key local concerns.

Get started by reading through the CSC Certification First Steps Guide (PDF, 333 kb). This introductory guide provides a brief overview of the certification program and describes resources for completing the 13 priority actions that are the foundation of a successful local climate change campaign.

The CSC Certification Program recognizes more than 120 actions to choose from (PDF, 215 kb) when your community works toward certification. A path to certification can come with economic benefits, improved emergency preparedness, expanded community participation, and the knowledge needed to allocate resources wisely.


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