Climate Smart Communities in the News
Putting the CSC pledge into action
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Over the last several months the Climate Smart Community town of Southampton has spent some $2.6 million from its Community Preservation Fund coffers to preserve large portions of low-lying waterfront in Hampton Bays, land that will be cleared of development and restored as wetlands.
The Madison County Agricultural and Renewable Energy Park won a $4 million state grant to fund infrastructure improvements at the 150-acre site.
North Hempstead town officials will meet with the Port Washington community on a proposal to construct solar panel arrays over two shuttered landfills in the area.
The Southampton Town Board last week adopted the first broad update to the town's Comprehensive Plan in more than a decade, approving the progressive and much-debated "sustainability element."
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CECET) has formally opened a new solar-panel testing laboratory in the Climate Smart Community of Cortland.
Brookhaven officials announced plans Wednesday for a $7-million upgrade of the town's materials recycling facility.
City lawmakers for Climate Smart Community Kingston have voted unanimously to accept a report by the Kingston Tidal Waterfront Flooding Task Force, which has made a series of recommendations to make the waterfront more resistant to flood damage.
The Climate Smart Community of Long Beach will receive $13 million from New York State to build more than a mile of flood barriers to protect the Long Beach wastewater treatment plant and other critical infrastructure.
Climate Smart Community Binghamton will have the first airport in the country to use a geothermal system to heat an aircraft parking ramp.
The Southampton Town Board earlier this month approved the expansion of an incentive program to encourage homeowners and builders to employ energy-saving utilities, like solar electric power panels and geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman announced that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has signed legislation to further reduce light pollution from County-owned facilities.
The proposed photovoltaic project has the potential to not only reduce this Climate Smart Community town's carbon footprint, but to save taxpayer dollars and actually make money for the town by selling power back to the utility provider.
North Hempstead Town's "Yes We Can" Community Center, a platinum LEED-certified facility, is eyeing energy efficiency rebates for some of its features.
Climate Smart Community Ithaca will soon motor into the future of green technology with New York State's first hydrogen fuel cell bus and fueling station.
Cairo town board members met with representatives from the Climate Smart Communities Program in July to discuss the town's pledge and the nine other pledge elements. At last week's meeting, Town Supervisor Ted Banta said they received a "Climate Smart Communities - Capital Region Custom Service Strategy for Cairo." Banta said that the plan provides guided expert direction.
A former gas and oil storage tank facility located on Climate Smart Community Port Jefferson's Harbor has been transformed into a village park, featuring walkways, an ice-skating rink and a children's playground
The Village of Ossining is the grateful beneficiary of $1 million in just-completed energy efficiency projects from the New York Power Authority. The projects - one at the Indian Brook Water Treatment Facility and the other at the John-Paul Rodrigues Ossining Operations Center - are expected to save the village $123,000 in annual water and energy costs.
Perhaps ahead of the curve, the Town of Caroline installed solar voltaic arrays in early 2010 on two of its buildings, taking a slightly different approach to its neighbors. The Town Board helped raise money - $8,000 - within the community to buy the array outright and received a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to defray the costs.
In an effort to move toward energy independence and save taxpayers money, many municipalities in Tompkins are going solar. This spring, a handful of towns took advantage of a low-cost solar leasing program in Buffalo and backed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to install solar panels on their municipal buildings.
Grants Awarded to Albany, Kingston and Yonkers to Improve Access to Hudson River
The Cities of Albany and Kingston and Yonkers, Groundwork Hudson Valley have each been awarded a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), to provide access to the Hudson River and its tributaries for underserved communities, including people with disabilities and individuals living in disadvantaged neighborhoods (see link on right).
The Manorville Community Ambulance company has a new energy-efficient home. The new headquarters for the company has been certified as meeting the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status, said Assistant Chief Kevin Staubitz.
Mayor Mike Spano signed the Yonkers Green Buildings ordinance, establishing a policy for the City to design and construct its facilities to be sustainable and to encourage commercial and residential developers to do the same.
Albany City officials will now be required to consider pedestrians and bicyclists when planning road improvements. The so-called Complete Streets measure adopted by the Common Council Monday is modeled after a 2011 state law that imposed similar requirements on state and federally funded road projects.
The Town of Dewitt has been working with SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry students for over three years now to reduce both its carbon footprint and the amount of money spent by the town.
Trustee Mary Sennett announced the village's collaboration on a climate action plan with the school board, forestry college students and members of a local environmental group.
Brookhaven's big experiment to install renewable energy structures on town property got its first green light when the town board voted to begin contract negotiations with an energy firm.
To get a sense of what the city of Kingston's waterfront might look like in the year 2100, recall the flooding that stretched over its landscape during Superstorm Sandy, some environmentalists say.
In November, the Town of Campbell, a recent Climate Smart Community, was one of only 22 communities chosen by Smart Growth America for free technical assistance. Smart Growth America will be providing tools and tips for the town to preserve and enhance the communities character on April 24th and 25th .
This case study was utilized in CAKE's review of the State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region published in October, 2012.