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Climate Smart Communities in the News

Putting the CSC pledge into action

Visit this page often to learn how Climate Smart Communities are translating the CSC pledge into tangible climate smart actions. We encourage you to alert us to your own achievements either via email or telephone at (518) 402-8448. Updates to this page will be posted as they become available to us.

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Brookhaven plan would create energy-efficient buildings

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine wants half of Brookhaven's power to come from alternative energy by 2020.

Town of Geneva to kick off comprehensive planning process

The town will use Smart Growth and Climate Smart Communities guidelines to develop the plan.

Climate Smart communities look to the skies

Cairo considers development of a solar farm on town-owned property at a former quarry.

Salutary Effects Of Coastal Strategy

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 Completes LED Streetlight Replacement Project Saving Taxpayers $1.85 Million Annually Over 10 Years

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 to open town's first natural gas charging depot

North Hempstead officials have requested bids to build and equip the town's first compressed natural gas charging station in Port Washington.

Town and village collaborate with community groups to develop a Climate Action Plan

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.

Brookhaven introduces new 'Green Stream Machine' recycling system

Climate Smart Community Brookhaven Town unveiled a new recycling system that quadruples the amount of waste materials processed at the Yaphank landfill.

Ulster County's Renewable Energy Executive Order is the First of its Kind in New York State

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.

Brookhaven's new single-stream recycling program a financial success

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.

Bulk solar power purchasing starts in Troy

If you want to save money, buy in bulk. That truism is behind a new solar energy purchasing cooperative being launched in Troy.

Babylon first Suffolk town to adopt required hazard mitigation plan for next big storm

The Town of Babylon is taking lessons learned from superstorm Sandy and applying them to its five-year hazard mitigation plan.

Planned panels would double Tompkins solar electricity

Solar Tompkins is aiming to double the amount of solar-panel electricity that Tompkins County homes and small businesses generate.

East Hampton Town sets lofty green-energy goal

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.

Babylon allows solar farms on bigger lots

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.

Orange County Named Climate Smart Community

County Executive Steve Neuhaus announced that Orange County was recently among the first statewide to be certified under the new state Climate Smart Communities Program.

Dobbs Ferry and Cortlandt save money by saving energy

Dobbs Ferry and Cortlandt, earned commendations from the state recently for their accomplishments in the Climate Smart Communities Certification Program, a statewide effort to help municipalities save money and energy

East Hampton: Town Eyes Low-Lying Lands

Some of East Hampton Town's efforts to preserve land have taken a new tack lately, homing in on environmentally sensitive or threatened areas and seeking to prevent development or even remove houses.

Greenport Village: Peconic Land Trust planning to restore former Exxon Mobil property

The job involves restoring a former fuel storage property to its natural state, protecting and building on habitats and providing the public with more access to the waterfront.

Plan unveiled to protect LI from future storms

A storm protection plan aimed at keeping Nassau safe from a Category 2 hurricane would begin in Long Beach (a Climate Smart Community), a project participant said Thursday.

The Town of Southampton Taps CPF To Buy Waterfront Properties; Plans To Restore As Wetlands

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.

Madison County business park aimed at agriculture and renewable energy wins $4M state grant

The Madison County Agricultural and Renewable Energy Park won a $4 million state grant to fund infrastructure improvements at the 150-acre site.

Building Solar Panel Arrays in Port Washington

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.

Climate Smart Community Southampton Town Adopts 'Sustainability' Update To Comp Plan

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."

Solar-Panel Testing Lab Formally Opens in Cortland

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.

Climate Smart Community Brookhaven to offer single-stream recycling

Brookhaven officials announced plans Wednesday for a $7-million upgrade of the town's materials recycling facility.

Kingston Common Council adopts task force report on flooding

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.

Long Beach to get $13M flood barrier

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.

Greater Binghamton Airport with NYSERDA Announce Geothermal Project to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Climate Smart Community Binghamton will have the first airport in the country to use a geothermal system to heat an aircraft parking ramp.