Templates, Tools and Guidance Documents

Climate Action Planning Template

The CAP Template is designed to expedite the development of a custom climate action plan document by reducing the time needed to create and publish content and to encourage local governments to implement actions that would help them become certified under the CSC Certification Program. The structure enables local governments to input information about planning processes, goal development, greenhouse gas emissions inventory data and strategies for implementation.

Climate Action Plan Template
Climate Action Planning Guide

Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory Executive Summary Tool

Communities can use the 2010 baseline inventory from the Capital District 2010 Regional GHG Inventory to assess community-level emissions and measure future reductions when an update is conducted. The Community GHG Inventory – Executive Summary Template is designed to help local governments engage the public by reporting community level emissions using simple language and clear graphics that help the public visualize and comprehend the meaning of the results. This Word-based template is set-up to automatically pull community-level inventory data for all 160 municipalities in the Capital District as provided in Table B.1 of the Capital District 2010 Regional GHG Inventory report.

Download the GHG Executive Summary Template

Vulnerability Assessment Worksheet

The vulnerability assessment worksheet is divided into two separate exercises including 1) Exposure and Sensitivity and; 2) Adaptive Capacity. Questionnaire tables, ranking systems, and sample responses are included to help communities accurately assess their vulnerabilities to climate change.

Vulnerability Worksheet

Guidance Documents

Below are key guidance documents that were created as part of Custom Service Strategies for individual Climate Smart Communities under the Regional Coordinator Pilot Program. The documents can be useful references for other communities.

Food Waste Recycling in the Capital District, Practices and Opportunities for Municipalities (Troy)
Municipal Organics Recycling Report

Energy Efficiency Financing Options Guide (Albany County)
Albany County EE Finance Paper

An education campaign for water conservation (City of Schenectady)
Schenectady Water Conservation Campaign

An energy efficiency outreach strategy for multi-family housing (Watervliet)
Watervliet Multifamily Energy Efficiency Campaign

A guide to creating a green business certification program (City Albany)
City of Albany Green Business Certification Program

A sustainability roadmap for Conservation Advisory Councils (Niskayuna)|
Niskayuna CAC Roadmap

A guide for installing a solar PV system on a landfill (Hunter)
Hunter, NY Guide to PV on Landfills

A guide for installing a solar farm on town land (Cairo)
Cairo SolarFarm Strategy

A green business incentives guide (Rensselaer)
Rensselaer Green Biz Incentives

A green development strategies report (Bethlehem)
Bethlehem Green Development Strategies

Vulnerability Assessment Report (Bethlehem)
Bethlehem Vulnerability Assessment Report

A facilities operations and management training program (Saratoga Springs)
Climate Smart Communities Energy Training