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Climate Smart Communities Resources and Services

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Climate Smart Community Coordinators

With the Climate Smart Communities pledge as a roadmap, the coordinators advise and empower 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 to track and report successes and barriers.

Climate Smart Communities Listserv

The Climate Smart Communities Listserv is an easy and convenient way to learn about new CSC resources, funding opportunities, upcoming webinars, workshops and other climate-related events. Sign up through the DEC Delivers box at right.

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 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. Information on how to access each webinar is distributed via the Climate Smart Communities listserv and available through the event listing on the DEC calendar.

The next webinar is: Innovative Financing Mechanisms: Efficiency Service Agreements and NY Green Bank
December 9, 2015, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

With many municipalities facing limits on debt ceilings and tax caps, it can be challenging for local governments to install renewable energy or implement energy efficiency upgrades across their facilities. Options have been limited in the past but the field has evolved in recent years with the use of energy performance contracts becoming widespread and the emergence of new financing models. This Climate Smart Communities webinar will introduce one of these new models, Efficiency Service Agreements (ESAs), where no capital outlay is required and ESA payments are based on the units of actual energy savings that is achieved. Webinar participants will also learn about the types of roles NY Green Bank can play in advancing private sector financing at the local level to help improve efficiency and expand the use of clean energy.

Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action

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

The Climate Smart Communities program is jointly sponsored by the following six New York State agencies: Department of Environmental Conservation; Energy Research and Development Authority; Public Service Commission; Department of State; Department of Transportation; and the Department of Health.

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