Climate Smart Communities in the News
Putting the CSC Pledge into Action
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Madison County became the first certified CSC in Central New York region. The county's leadership in climate action planning, energy efficiency, renewable energy and innovative partnerships was key in earning this prestigious designation.
The Village of Dobbs Ferry (a Bronze-certified CSC) and the Town of Red Hook (a registered CSC since 2009) are now eligible to apply for funding for additional clean energy projects from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The Town of Huntington, a Registered CSC since 2012, is the second municipality on Long Island to be designated a CEC by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The town is now eligible to apply for up to $250,000 toward additional clean energy projects from NYSERDA.
The City of Kingston got credit for its bronze-level CSC certification as one of four actions required for gaining access to $250,000 in clean energy funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
New Castle was the very first community to take the CSC Pledge in 2008. As a CEC, the town is now eligible to apply for up to $100,000 toward additional clean energy projects from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), with no local cost share.
The Town of Babylon, which has been a Registered CSC since 2009, expects to save thousands of dollars as a result of installing these new energy-efficient lights.
Repair Cafes bring people together and keep broken items out of landfills in several CSCs, including Bronze-certified CSC Kingston and Registered CSCs Beacon, New Paltz, Rhinebeck, and Rosendale.
Huntington, a Registered CSC since 2012, completed construction of a rain garden at Centerport Beach to naturally capture storm-water runoff and filter out pollutants through the soil.
The CSC grant will support a centralized location for the collection of commercial food scraps to be transported to Cayuga Compost in Trumansburg for processing into a nutrient-rich soil amendment.
Smithtown, a Registered CSC, is now eligible apply for up to $250,000 toward additional clean energy projects from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), with no local cost share.
Kingston, a Bronze-certified CSC, was one of 25 communities chosen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be part of the Smart Growth Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program that provides support for meeting environmental goals and fostering economic development.
The station will offer free charging for electric vehicles (EV) in the town's Main Street business district. The town is using in-kind services to fulfill the 20 percent match requirement for the DEC's municipal zero-emission vehicle rebate program.
Orange County, a Certified CSC, received more than $8.9 million in state economic development grants, including two Climate Smart Communities grants from the DEC.
As part of its multi-faceted zero waste program, New Paltz was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for successfully reducing food waste at the source and tracking those efforts with the EPA's data management system.
Ulster County got credit for its bronze-level CSC certification as one of four actions required for gaining access to $250,000 in clean energy funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The green fleet policies of Ulster County, a Bronze-certified CSC, were included in a White House announcement on strategies for accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
Incorporating new methods of accounting for emissions associated with natural gas, Tompkins County recently completed inventories for the county government and for the community.
At their "Sustainable Parking Lot Party", Ulster County showed their support for electric vehicles and was designated by DEC as one of only three municipalities in New York State to earn status as a bronze-certified Climate Smart Community.
The Town of Mamaroneck is one of nine communities statewide certified by DEC for its success in cutting energy use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting natural resources.
Evans, a Registered CSC since 2011, will use the $172,125 EPA grant to install rain gardens and open swales in a town park.
This Erie County community passed the CSC Pledge as part of an initiative to better partner with state agencies and apply for a CSC grant.
Oneonta is partnering with Hartwick College and engaging student volunteers to produce a baseline using CSC tools that can be used to measure the city's progress on emissions reduction.
A record number of 40 member organizations submitted documentation of the work they carried out in 2015 to fight climate change and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.
Rockland County, Onondaga County, Westchester County, the Town of North Hempstead and their partners won awards for projects to protect public health and the environment.
Through completing a suite of mitigation and adaption actions, with a special emphasis on coastal resiliency and preserving natural resources, the Town of East Hampton became the first municipality on Long Island to achieve certification, and the first since the certification pilot program in 2013.
A series of municipal energy-efficiency projects have advanced Suffolk County and New York State's energy goals and provided more than $3,000,000 in annual energy cost savings for the county.
North Hempstead is among 31 municipalities, nonprofits, and businesses participating in a state initiative to help residents and businesses partner with qualified solar installers and hire local workers.
The number of municipalities in Columbia County that are taking the CSC Pledge is growing and community leaders are discussing the benefits of joining the Climate Smart Communities program.
Great Neck Plaza village officials adopted a climate action plan to face the next century when, state environmental reports show, sea levels, temperatures and extreme weather conditions could threaten Long Island.
Ithaca commits to join the President's Better Buildings Challenge and improve energy efficiency 20 percent by 2020, while Albany is working with the Department of Energy to convert street light poles to high efficiency street lighting technologies.
About 60 leaders from Tompkins County businesses and local governments heard a sales pitch for the Energize NY financing program during a launch event in Ithaca.
Planning department outlines action plan to become a Climate Smart Community.
Village of Great Neck Plaza trustees announced their intent to be the first village on Long Island to implement a climate action plan.
The Village Board passed a resolution to make the village a registered member of the Climate Smart Communities program.
The Skaneateles Town Board wants to reduce its carbon emissions by 25 percent for municipal operations and by 10 percent in the community by the year 2025.
In 2014, the East Hampton Town Board unanimously adopted the goal to replace 100 percent of the community's electricity consumption with renewable energy systems by the year 2020, and have now adopted a Climate Action Plan, or CAP, to achieve this goal.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Tompkins County as a Green Power Partner for its generation of 84,000 KWH of solar power per year from the panels on the County Library (installed 15 years ago) and for how it offsets 100% of the County's electricity through renewable energy credits (RECs).
Towns will hold public meetings in November to discuss their draft Climate Action Plans, which call for reducing emissions from municipal operations by 2025, and were developed under New York State's Climate Smart Communities program.
Eighteen Climate Smart Communities are now taking part in a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that aims at reducing energy costs in Westchester County through the bulk purchase of electricity and natural gas from energy service companies. This initiative can mean savings for energy consumers who will see as much as a 10-20% savings on their energy bills.
Ulster County is among 22 Green Power Partners honored by the EPA for achievements in advancing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions .
In an effort to reduce operating costs, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, representatives from the town of Minetto have created a draft Climate Action Plan.
The Ulster County legislature has approved a green fleet policy that aims to reduce fleet greenhouse gas emissions and improve vehicle fuel efficiency.
Using state and federal grants and county labor, Ulster County has installed nine electric car charging stations at county facilities available for free public use.
Two communities in Saratoga County are moving toward repurposing their landfills with thousands of solar panels that will help them save money on energy costs.
Williamson is the first town in New York State to use solar energy to supply the equivalent of 100 percent of the power needed for its town facilities, including its water plant, wastewater treatment plant, highway garage, and town office complex.
Suffolk County recently released a Climate Action Plan featuring demonstration projects like central tracking of real-time energy performance in major county buildings, and a Renewable Energy/STEM Center at the community college. Energy efficiency retrofits made over the past decade are now saving some $5 million annually.
Ulster County's Carbon Footprint Reduction Program has received a 2015 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties, for use reduction, employment efficient technology, on-site renewable energy, renewable energy/carbon credits, and evaluating success.
Five Tompkins County municipalities are working together to develop a plan for scoring the energy performance of local homes, to use market forces to improve the energy efficiency of existing housing stock by providing meaningful home performance information to future home buyers.
Rochester officials want a concrete plan for the city to have less of an impact on the planet's changing climate.
Brookhaven officials' efforts to increase recycling in the town have proved more successful than expected, a Stony Brook University professor said Thursday.
The Tusten Energy Committee has been working hard on getting solar panels for the town, and after awarding the bid to Atlantech Solar a few months ago, the contract has officially been signed.
As subsidies for residential solar energy installations begin to dry up, Huntington is poised to be the first Long Island town to address the high-cost of buying the systems through group purchasing.
The goal of Victor's Sustainability Advisory Committee is to have the town join 150 other municipalities in the state and pass a Climate Smart Pledge resolution that might eventually lead to a CSC (Climate Smart Community) certification for the town.
The Republican has announced plans to cut the town's greenhouse gas emissions in half within five years by expanding its use of alternative energy such as solar power, hybrid vehicles and LED lighting.
The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees last week unanimously approved the Cazenovia Climate Action Plan, which will act as a guide to village officials and residents on the best ways to reduce energy use, increase energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprints.
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.