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Sign up with DEC Delivers in the box to the right to receive emails about new resources, funding opportunities, and upcoming webinars and workshops from the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program.

Visit our Grant Funding for Municipalities webpage for information about DEC funding programs that support community action on climate change.

Climate Smart Communities Webinar Series

The CSC webinar series features experts and representatives from leading communities sharing ideas and experiences during live information sessions that are broadcast via the Internet. The CSC webinar series generally runs from September to June. The webinars are held on the second Thursday of the month, unless otherwise posted in the schedule. Sessions begin at 10:30 AM and last approximately 90 minutes.

  • Next webinar: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10:30 AM
  • Topic: Supporting Green Business in Your Community
  • Description: Would you like to support the expansion of green businesses in your community? Local leaders can play a key role in helping green businesses thrive in their communities through planning, outreach, and incentives. Two programs available in New York to support businesses in becoming more sustainable are DEC's New York Green Business program and the Green Business Partnership. This Climate Smart Communities webinar will describe the benefits of promoting and participating in these two programs. Speakers will discuss how local governments can leverage these programs to support the growth of green businesses in their communities.

Visit the event listing on the DEC calendar for more information on how to access upcoming webinars. Or enter your email in the DEC Delivers box at top of this page to receive emails with instructions on how to access these live webinars.

Slides and recordings of past webinars are found on our Webinar Presentations page.

Direct Technical Support

New York State is committed to helping local governments implement other clean energy initiatives and engage with the Climate Smart Communities Certification program. Free, on-demand technical assistance for municipalities is available via NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program. To access this free technical support, contact your CEC regional coordinator (link leaves DEC website).

From 2012 to 2015, New York State also 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 now available to all communities via the CSC program.

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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