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Climate Smart Communities Program Services

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

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Climate Smart Communities Webinar Series

Experts and Climate Smart Communities share ideas and experiences in brief, informative sessions on phone and 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 (if available) are found on our Climate Smart Communities Webinar Presentations page.

Upcoming Webinars: The 2015-2016 schedule will begin on September 10, 2015:

Building Clean and Resilient Local Power: NY Prize Update & Microgrid Case Studies
September 10, 2015 10:30 AM - 12 noon
New York State is taking exciting steps toward transforming its energy system and supporting communities in examining the emissions and resiliency of their power supplies. Launched in August of 2014, NY Prize is a $40 million competition to help communities create microgrids that aims to improve the reliability of local power, reduce costs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. This Climate Smart Communities webinar will provide an update on the three-stage NY Prize process. In addition, the webinar will explore the value of microgrids through case studies on systems in New York State, some of which incorporate renewable energy. The presenters will also discuss the role that local governments can play in supporting the development of microgrids to increase clean and resilient power in their communities.

Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action

Stone wall with the Town of Clarkstown in black and a flower bed in front. some houses and trees behind.
Designing communities for walkability and energy
efficiency leads to attractive, livable streets and

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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