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What is the Climate Smart Community Program?

The New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program is an inter-agency effort of the the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York State Department of State (DOS), New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT), New York State Department of Health, and New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). The goals of the CSC program are: 1) Reduce greenhouse gas emission; 2) Prepare for the impact of climate change; 3) Save taxpayer money. Local governments initiate participation in the program by passage of a resolution to adopt the CSC pledge. The pledge describes ten areas of climate mitigation and adaptation action. Climate Smart Communities are free to develop their own specific programs within the ten action areas.

CDRPC’s Role

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), was the recipient of a three-year grant (May 2012 through November 2015) from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to manage the Climate Smart Communities Regional Coordinators Pilot Program in the Capital District. The Pilot provided technical support and guidance to the communities within the six-county greater Capital Region (which also includes Columbia and Greene) that had taken the Climate Smart Communities pledge. CDRPC and its consultant team of VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, P.C., and Climate Action Associates, LLC, served as strategic planning agents to empower local governments, connecting them with financial and technical programs, and with each other, offering training assistance and consistent tracking and reporting of successes and barriers to addressing the ten CSC pledge elements. The CDRPC team facilitated selection, development, and implementation of local climate action programs, such as reducing municipal operational emissions, encouraging reduction of community-wide emissions through the adoption of smart-growth land use and transportation policies, and facilitating the implementation of local climate adaptation strategies.

The CDRPC continues to support Climate Smart Communities Certification through NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program.

Local governments can become Climate Smart Communities by taking the Climate Smart Communities Pledge, which consists of ten elements of voluntary climate mitigation and adaptation action. For detailed information on the CSC Program, including viewing the CSC Pledge and information on how to become a Climate Smart Community click this link: (NYS DEC CSC Program and Pledge).

For More Information Contact:

Todd Fabozzi, Director of Sustainability
Capital District Regional Planning Commission
One Park Place, Suite 102, Albany, New York 12205
Phone: 518-453-0850 Fax: 518-453-0856