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Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY, is the first library in Westchester County to achieve green business certification through the Westchester Green Business-Certified program.
The City of Rochester will hire a consultant to help it put together a Climate Action Plan - a step that an official says builds on other projects and programs helping to make Rochester a more sustainable and, therefore, more desirable city.
Climate Smart Community Clifton Park and the Town of Halfmoon will soon be using solar energy to generate budgetary savings and reduce their carbon footprints.
A successful bid has come through for the city's solar panel initiative at the Weibel Avenue landfill. Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan announced this week that the city's contractor on the project, SunEdison, obtained support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
In the first week of December, the Tompkins County Planning Department and Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) pledged to work collaboratively on energy and economic development.
Southampton and East Hampton have become the first towns on Long Island to ban plastic checkout bags, following a campaign by East End environmental activists.
Long Beach City Council members approved a single-stream recycling program for residents that they said will save the city about $85 per ton on garbage expenses.
Skaneateles residents looking to install solar panels on their homes can reduce their costs through New York state's new unified solar permit now available through the town code enforcement officer.
Suffolk has become the first county in New York State to adopt a model building code for highly efficient geothermal cooling and heating systems.
The Village of Piermont unanimously passed a resolution to accept recommendations of the Piermont Waterfront Resilience Task Force-which spent the past year exploring ways to reduce risks to the village from accelerating sea level rise and the increased frequency of flooding and storm surges.
Elected officials in Westchester County, N.Y., have approved legislation mandating that new vehicle purchases must be high-mileage vehicles, electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, or alternative-fuel vehicles.
A Tompkins County goal to reduce carbon emissions countywide by 80 percent by 2050 may simply not be realistic amid a local housing and development boom, one official said at a City Hall meeting on Tuesday.
The Near Westside Initiative, a not-for-profit organization housed in Syracuse University's Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees will soon consider special building permits for solar panels in an effort to help homeowners bring down the costs of installing the devices.
Supervisor Edward P. Romaine wants half of Brookhaven's power to come from alternative energy by 2020.
The town will use Smart Growth and Climate Smart Communities guidelines to develop the plan.
Cairo considers development of a solar farm on town-owned property at a former quarry.
East Hampton Town is getting its land acquisition strategy right and developing an approach that other local governments along the country's coasts could consider a model.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the completion of the City's LED Streetlight Replacement Project which replaced 11,300 of the City's old, inefficient "cobra head" street lights with energy efficient LEDs.
North Hempstead officials have requested bids to build and equip the town's first compressed natural gas charging station in Port Washington.
The town and village of Cazenovia are working together on developing a Climate Action Plan with technical support and guidance from the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board.
Climate Smart Community Brookhaven Town unveiled a new recycling system that quadruples the amount of waste materials processed at the Yaphank landfill.
History was made when Ulster County Executive Mike Hein signed an Executive Order requiring the County to purchase all of its electricity for the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015 from green, renewable energy sources.
Recycling in Brookhaven has spiked nearly 25 percent since single-stream recycling was introduced in January, saving the town $253,000 in disposal costs while bringing in $34,000 in revenue.
If you want to save money, buy in bulk. That truism is behind a new solar energy purchasing cooperative being launched in Troy.
The Town of Babylon is taking lessons learned from superstorm Sandy and applying them to its five-year hazard mitigation plan.
Solar Tompkins is aiming to double the amount of solar-panel electricity that Tompkins County homes and small businesses generate.
East Hampton Town wants to be the first municipality in New York State to use renewable sources to generate the equivalent of all the electricity consumed within its borders.
The Babylon Town Board approved legislation Monday that will allow solar energy farms on parcels of 50 acres or more in residential districts in the town.
Brookhaven leases town-owned sites for thousands of solar energy panels
Thousands of solar panels will be installed at four Brookhaven Town properties to boost alternative energy on Long Island and add millions of dollars to town coffers, officials said Tuesday.