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Climate Smart Communities Resources and Services

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Climate Smart Communities Webinar Series

Experts and representatives from leading Climate Smart Communities share ideas and experiences in brief, informative sessions via the Internet. The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) webinar series runs from June through September each year on the second Thursday of the month, unless otherwise posted. Sessions begin at 10:30 AM and last approximately 90 minutes. Previous webinar presentations and recordings are found on our Climate Smart Communities Webinar Presentations page. See the 2015-2016 schedule for a list of upcoming webinars. Sign up to receive email instructions on how to access each webinar with DEC Delivers, or visit the event listing on the DEC calendar.

The next webinar is:
Staying Warm with Clean Energy: Renewable Heating Options & HeatSmart Tompkins
February 11, 2016, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Winters in New York can be brutally cold and most buildings expend significant amounts of energy on heating and hot water. This Climate Smart Communities webinar will introduce new technologies that make the buildings we live and work in more comfortable and cost-efficient, as well as less polluting. These technologies include super-efficient air- and ground-source heat pumps and modern methods of air sealing and insulation. Webinar participants will also learn about HeatSmart Tompkins, an initiative that is accelerating the implementation of these technologies and helping residents of Tompkins County move away from fossil fuels by offering lower-than-market rate pricing and vetted installers.

Direct Technical Support

From 2012-2015, the State sponsored the Climate Smart Communities Regional Coordinators Pilot Program to provide direct technical support to CSCs in four regions: Central New York, Capital District, Mid-Hudson and Long Island. With the Climate Smart Communities pledge as a roadmap, the coordinators advised and empowered local governments by connecting them with appropriate financial and technical programs, helping them to coordinate with and learn from other communities, offering practical assistance and helping communities track their accomplishments. The tools and resources developed during this three-year pilot are available to all communities via the CSC program.

New York State is committed to helping local governments become Climate Smart Communities, achieve CSC certification and implement other clean energy initiatives. Direct technical support from regional contractors (funded by New York State) is expected to resume in the spring of 2016 under the New York State Community Partnership.

Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action

The Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action provides how-to information and community action case studies.

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