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Climate Smart Communities Pledge

Any city, town, village, or county in New York State can take a stand by adopting the Climate Smart Communities pledge. To become a Registered Climate Smart Community, the municipality's governing body must adopt a resolution that includes all ten elements of the pledge and submit the resolution. Additional pledge elements or legislative findings may be added. The required ten elements of the pledge are as follows:

  1. Build a climate-smart community.
  2. Inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action.
  3. Decrease energy use.
  4. Shift to clean, renewable energy.
  5. Use climate-smart materials management.
  6. Implement climate-smart land use.
  7. Enhance community resilience to climate change.
  8. Support a green innovation economy.
  9. Inform and inspire the public.
  10. Engage in an evolving process of climate action.

Local governments should use the model CSC resolution (link leaves DEC website) as a template.

After passage, submit the resolution by following the steps on the "Getting Started" page of Climate Smart Communities portal (link leaves DEC website).

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