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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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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.

Climate Smart Community Town of Southampton Expands Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

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 Executive Signs Legislation to Limit Light Pollution

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman announced that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has signed legislation to further reduce light pollution from County-owned facilities.

Cairo advances on solar farm

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.

Climate Smart Community North Hempstead's New Cassel facility eyes energy rebates

North Hempstead Town's "Yes We Can" Community Center, a platinum LEED-certified facility, is eyeing energy efficiency rebates for some of its features.

Fuel cell technology on its way to Tompkins

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 moves forward with implementation of the Climate Smart Communities pledge

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.

Port Jefferson Harbor storage facility turned into park

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

Million-Dollar energy efficiency upgrades completed in Ossining

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.

Caroline ahead of the solar energy curve

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.

Leasing the sun: Tompkins towns take advantage of deal to go solar

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 Town of Brookhaven's Manorville ambulance company's HQ goes green

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.

City of Yonkers Amended Building Code Requires Facilities and Buildings to be Sustainable and Increase Energy and Efficiency Designs

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.

More awareness for walkers, bicyclists: Road improvements in Albany must consider users other than cars

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.

Town of Dewitt works with SUNY ESF to conserve energy: In 2012, the town saved over $41,000 by reducing its carbon footprint

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.

Village of Skaneateles joins partners to examine gas emissions

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 Town could earn at least $2M a year from solar panel project

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.

Kingston rises to the challenge of dealing with waterfront flood risks

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.

Smart Growth America coming to Town of Campbell for technical assistance

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 .

New York's Climate Smart Communities Program: A Case Study at the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange "CAKE"

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.