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Saugerties recognized for "climate smart" actions

The town became the first township and the second municipality in Ulster County to be CSC Certified.

Suffolk County to take sea level rise into account in road projects

The county legislature approved a bill that requires the department of public works to consider sea level rise when planning roadwork.

A Greener Nyack by 2030

Bronze certified Village of Nyack begins work on a Climate Action Plan to set greenhouse gas reduction goals.

At students' urging, Tupper town passes climate resolution

Seven Tupper Lake "Green Team" students proposed the CSC resolution at board meeting.

Nyack named Bronze Certified Climate Smart Community

The Village of Nyack was recognized as a CSC and a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA.

Canton residents can turn their food scraps into compost

CSC Canton celebrated Earth Day 2019 by launching a residential food waste recovery project.

Canandaigua's green efforts rewarded

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul visited Canandaigua to announce the City as the state's newest Climate Smart Community.

From the Supervisor: Brighton is Climate Smart

Brighton became the first town in Monroe County and only the 22nd municipality in NYS to be certified as a Climate Smart Community.

Future projects and calls to action at Cazenovia 'Seize the Power' energy fair

At local energy fair, residents got a look at everything form solar panels to electric cars and learned about CSC Cazenovia's plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CNY Young & Amazing Awards 2019: Meet the students who are making a difference

Andrew Fagerheim developed and installed a solar charging system in the library of Homer Senior High School. The Village of Homer took the CSC pledge in May 2018.

Southampton puts energy in the hands of the people

Southampton has adopted a law enabling it to create a Community Choice Aggregation Program- an energy model that's a municipality act as a power supply broker for its residents.

Brookhaven to replace 45,000 streetlights with energy efficient bulbs

The LED lights are up to 60% more efficient and have an estimated lifespan of 20 years.

A small NY town plans a profitable, 100% renewable energy future

A community choice program and a lack of natural gas enable Marbletown to achieve 100% renewable electricity while saving money.

The repair revolution rages on

CSC Town of Tusten Repair Café volunteers teach us to heal, rather than trash our stuff.

Brookhaven receives $1M to raze homes, protect wetlands

The town was awarded $375,000 from the Climate Smart Communities grant program to remove abandoned homes and infrastructure from tidal wetlands in Mastic Beach.

Solar panels planned at country club in Smithtown

A 200-panel array will be constructed on the roofs of two buildings at Landing Ave Country Club on Long Island.

County Executive Latimer Launches Climate Action Task Force

Westchester County will create new initiatives and update long-term Climate Action Plan.

County announces formation of Climate Smart Communities Task Force

Dutchess County is pursuing CSC certification by increasing use of renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, and by appointing a 16 community member Task Force.

Town's panel examining Saugerties government's impact on climate change

Climate Smart Task Force aims to unveil a complete audit of municipal greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.

Catskill adopts resolution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Village trustees approved the creation of a Climate Smart Communities Task Force

Sullivan studying disposal of county's trash

Sullivan County announces new organics management program and feasibility study to save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Tompkins County and the Town of Ulysses receive 'Climate Smart Community' certifications

The County has achieved silver certification and the Town has become NY's 21st certified community by achieving the bronze medal. Notably, Tompkins County is also home to a newly constructed 2.3 megawatt solar project, the largest in the Southern Tier.

Two Sullivan County towns certified as Climate Smart

The towns of Tusten and Bethel earned the designation as the state's 19th and 20th State-Certified Climate Smart Communities.

State Honors Geneva with Climate Smart Community designation

DEC and the city announced that Geneva has been named NY's 18th Certified Climate Smart Community.

City of Ithaca named 17th Climate Smart Community in New York

Through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits, the city was able to offset 100% of its electricity use in municipal facilities.

State designates Southampton as a Certified Climate Smart Community

Governor Cuomo announced the town of Southampton as the 16th Certified Climate Smart Community and recognized the town for its actions to strengthen resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Saratoga Springs looks to cut electricity costs and emissions through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)

The City of Saratoga Springs, a Registered CSC since 2011, is the first in the Capital Region to start a community discussion about cutting electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions through bulk purchasing of clean, renewable energy.

Town of Rye takes CSC Pledge and becomes New York's 200th Registered CSC

As part of a larger initiative to revitalize its sustainability committee, the Town of Rye passed the pledge and set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020.

Sullivan County is New York's 15th Certified Climate Smart Community

A leader in balancing economic growth with environmental protection, Sullivan County was designated a Certified CSC by DEC and a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Three Registered CSCs in Central New York earn Clean Energy Community status from NYSERDA

Village of Cazenovia, Town of Cazenovia and Village of Pulaski are eligible to apply for funding from NYSERDA to support additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share. The Town of Cazenovia took the CSC Pledge in 2009. The Village of Cazenovia followed suit in 2014. The Village of Pulaski did the same in 2015.

Volunteers help Town of Knox gain access to NYSERDA funding

The Town of Knox, a Registered CSC since 2015, proves that even very small towns can achieve designation as a Clean Energy Community.

Tompkins County and Town of Ithaca are the first Certified Climate Smart Communities in Southern Tier

Governor Cuomo recognized Tomkins County and Town of Ithaca as model municipalities for actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resiliency. Both municipalities took the CSC Pledge in 2009 and have been leaders in climate action planning for many years.

Schenectady County is New York's 13th Certified Climate Smart Community

Having taken the CSC Pledge in 2009, Governor Cuomo recognized Schenectady County as a leader in clean energy initiatives and commended it for becoming the thirteenth Certified CSC in New York State.

City of Rochester is New York's 11th Certified Climate Smart Community

Having taken the CSC Pledge in 2010, the City of Rochester is now the first Certified CSC in the Finger Lakes Region. The city's accomplishments in climate action planning, brownfield remediation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy were key in earning this designation.

Boonville featured in news video as leader in energy efficiency

The Village of Boonville, a Registered CSC since 2014, was designated by NYSERDA as the second Clean Energy Community in the Mohawk Valley. The village is now eligible to apply for up to $100,000 for additional clean energy projects.

Albany County designated by NYSERDA as a Clean Energy Community, the first in the Capital Region

Albany County, a Registered CSC since 2009, is now eligible to apply for funding for additional clean energy projects from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Madison County is New York's 10th Certified Climate Smart Community

Madison County became the first Certified CSC in the 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.

Dobbs Ferry and Red Hook join other Mid-Hudson communities designated Clean Energy Communities by NYSERDA

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).

Huntington designated a Clean Energy Community (CEC) by 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.

Kingston designated a Clean Energy Community by 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).

Town of New Castle designated a Clean Energy Community (CEC) by NYSERDA, the first small community in New York State

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.

Babylon to install 13,250 LED streetlights

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.

Hudson Valley Climate Smart Communities host Repair Cafes where 'beloved but broken' possessions find new life

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.

Town of Huntington installs 6,1000-square-foot rain garden

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.

Tompkins County Solid Waste Wins Climate Smart Community Grant for $355,000

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 designated a Clean Energy Community designation from NYSERDA, the first on Long Island

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.

City of Kingston to receive technical assistance from EPA to create equitable development

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.

Town of Rosendale installing EV charging station and applying for rebate from DEC's municipal program

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 wins grants for expansion of yard waste composting facility and next steps in CSC Certification 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.

Town of New Paltz wins Food Recovery Award from EPA

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 first in New York State to earn Clean Energy Community designation from NYSERDA

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).

Ulster County highlighted by the White House as leader in reducing emissions from transportation

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.

Tompkins County releases updated greenhouse gas inventories

Incorporating new methods of accounting for emissions associated with natural gas, Tompkins County recently completed inventories for the county government and for the community.

Ulster County achieves Bronze CSC certification and hosts event promoting electric vehicles

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.

Town of Mamaroneck certified as 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.

Town of Evans wins EPA grant for green infrastructure to improve water quality in Lake Erie

Evans, a Registered CSC since 2011, will use the $172,125 EPA grant to install rain gardens and open swales in a town park.

Village of Lancaster takes Climate Smart Communities pledge

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.

City of Oneonta launches comprehensive municipal greenhouse gas inventory

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.

Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative releases 2015 report highlighting member achievements

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.

Four Climate Smart Communities honored with EPA's New York Environmental Champions Awards

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.

East Hampton named the 7th certified Climate Smart Community in New York

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.

Officials announce Suffolk County's energy saving milestone

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 joins Solarize campaign to encourage more homes and business to install solar power

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.

Communities in Columbia County are called to take action on climate change

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 adopts action plan to fight climate change

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 and Albany recognized by the White House for work on energy efficiency

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.

Tompkins, Ithaca endorse energy improvement finance program

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.

Orange County: The climate is changing

Planning department outlines action plan to become a Climate Smart Community.

Great Neck Plaza looking to be first Long Island village with climate plan

Village of Great Neck Plaza trustees announced their intent to be the first village on Long Island to implement a climate action plan.

Valatie adopts wisdom of Climate Smart Communities

The Village Board passed a resolution to make the village a registered member of the Climate Smart Communities program.

Skaneateles Town Board adopts Climate Action Plan, sets goals for emission reduction

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.

East Hampton's Climate Action Plan Looks to Accelerate Actions Against Climate Change

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.

Tompkins County Achieves National Recognition for Green Power Use

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).

Owasco, Skaneateles, Montezuma considering climate action plans

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.

Climate Smart Communities Join Sustainable Westchester in Reducing Energy Costs

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 wins a 2015 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ulster County is among 22 Green Power Partners honored by the EPA for achievements in advancing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions .

Minetto Creates Climate Action Plan

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.

N.Y. County Approves Policy to Reach 5% Green Vehicles

The Ulster County legislature has approved a green fleet policy that aims to reduce fleet greenhouse gas emissions and improve vehicle fuel efficiency.

Ulster County has installed 9 free electric car-charging stations

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.

Solar panels coming to Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs landfills

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 Solar Project Generating Excitement

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 releases climate action plan

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 receives national award

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.

Town/City of Ithaca, Tompkins County promote residential energy scores

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 eyes plan to curb climate change

Rochester officials want a concrete plan for the city to have less of an impact on the planet's changing climate.

Recycling efforts in Brookhaven see success

Brookhaven officials' efforts to increase recycling in the town have proved more successful than expected, a Stony Brook University professor said Thursday.

Tusten signs solar panel lease

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.

Huntington mulls solar energy system purchase program

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.

Green Team urges town of Victor to become a Climate Smart Community

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.

Brookhaven town supervisor plans to aggressively cut greenhouse gas emissions

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.

Cazenovia Village Board approves Climate Action Plan

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.

First library in Westchester County to achieve green business certification

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.

Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

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.

Clifton Park and Halfmoon win grants for solar power

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.

Saratoga Springs Bid success for solar energy at landfill

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).

Tompkins County Plans for Greenhouse Gas Reduction

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 Towns ban plastic checkout bags, effective next year

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.

Single Stream Recycling for Long Beach Residents

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 adopts state's unified solar permit to streamline installations

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 Adopts Geothermal Building Codes

Suffolk has become the first county in New York State to adopt a model building code for highly efficient geothermal cooling and heating systems.

Piermont Waterfront Resilience Recommendations Approved

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.

Westchester County Requires 35 MPG for Fleet Purchases

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.

Will Tompkins have to pick between economic growth and carbon emissions goal?

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.

Near Westside Initiative to Receive Prestigious Award from USGBC

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).

Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees looks at solar permits for lower prices, smoother process

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.

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.

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