The Capital District Regional Planning Commission actively manages a number of sustainability programs across the region.
For a list of funding opportunities, please visit the Funding Guide Database provided by Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center, and the Climate and Environmental Grants list provided by Partners for Climate Action.
The Capital District Regional Planning Commission helps local governments in the Capital Region deploy NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects.
Climate Smart Communities
Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that encourages local governments to implement actions to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. Communities earn points toward certification for each action they complete. In addition to accumulating points, each community must complete a number of mandatory and priority actions at each level of certification (bronze, silver). The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regularly offers CSC Grant opportunities through NYS’s Consolidated Funding Application. To gain insight into how other municipalities are taking part in this program, please visit the Participating Communities page.
For more information regarding Climate Smart Communities designation and qualifying actions, please visit https://climatesmart.ny.gov/ for the most up-to-date information. The Sustainability Coordinators at CDRPC are here to help provide free technical assistance to municipalities through the CSC application process.
HeatSmart Capital Region is a community initiative funded by the New York State Research and Development Authority and managed by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, which supports residents and businesses in exploring ways to improve how they heat and cool their buildings.
Through community events, open houses, and workshops, HeatSmart Capital Region provides information about sustainable heating and cooling systems, and provides access to vetted and trusted installers.
HeatSmart participants learn how they can improve the efficiency and comfort of their homes and buildings, and receive a free site visit and evaluation to determine which clean heating and cooling technologies are best suited for their home or business. In select communities, targeted campaigns may provide additional savings on installation costs by signing up multiple homes in a short period of time. There may also be grants available for low and moderate income households to help defray the up-front costs of switching to heat pump technology.