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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 (CSCs) 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 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.

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.