Climate Smart Communities

The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program represents a partnership between state and local governments with the goal of reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

In 2012, the state created the CSC Regional Coordinator Pilot Program to provide support to local governments as they work to carry out the ten elements of the CSC pledge. The Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board served as Central New York’s regional coordinator for the three-year CSC pilot program, which ended in November of 2015. NYSERDA Clean Energy Community Coordinators took over as regional outreach coordinators who could assist with this program from 2016-2022. 

 

As of Spring 2022, statewide DEC Climate Smart Community Coordinators are available to assist communities in working through the Climate Smart Communities program!

 

Over 350 local governments throughout the state have adopted the CSC Pledge and are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to a changing climate and save taxpayers money.

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Representatives from the DEC, the Towns of Manlius, Owasco, and Richland and the Village of Pulaski celebrate Climate Smart Communities Certification achievements at a press event,

May 24, 2022

Click here to view CSCs on a map.

 

Climate Smart Communities Certification

Climate Smart Communities are eligible for additional recognition through the CSC Certification Program. The CSC Certification program provides local governments with a robust framework to guide their climate action and enables high-performing communities to achieve recognition for their leadership. Designed around the ten pledge elements, the certification program recognizes communities for their accomplishments through a rating system leading to three levels of award: Certified Bronze, Silver and Gold (under development).

CSC Certification is also one of the high-impact action items of the Clean Energy Communities program. 

On April 19, 2022, the CNY RPDB hosted a Clean Energy Communities vs Climate Smart Communities webinar featuring the Town of Manlius and Village of Homer case studies. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

Communities in CNY that are Registered or Certified CSCs include:

 
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  1. Auburn City - GHG inventory

  2. Aurora Village

  3. Baldwinsville Village - GHG inventory, Municipal GHG inventory update, Municipal Climate Action Plan

  4. Cayuga County

  5. Cazenovia Town (Certified Bronze) - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  6. Cazenovia Village (Certified Bronze)- GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  7. Cortland City - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  8. Cortland County

  9. DeWitt Town - GHG inventory; Sustainability Plan

  10. Eaton Town

  11. Elbridge Town

  12. Fabius Town

  13. Fayetteville Village - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan; 2022 GHG inventory update

  14. Geddes Town

  15. Hamilton Town (Certified Bronze) - Municipal operations GHG inventory, Community GHG inventory, Municipal operations Climate Action Plan

  16. Hamilton Village (Certified Bronze) - GHG inventory

  17. Homer Village (Certified Bronze) - Municipal operations GHG inventory, Community GHG inventory, Municipal operations Climate Action Plan

  18. Jordan Village - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  19. Madison County (Certified Bronze) - GHG inventory; Energy & Sustainability Plan

  20. Manlius Town (Certified Bronze) - Municipal operations GHG inventory, Community GHG inventory

  21. Minetto Town - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  22. Minoa Village - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  23. Montezuma Town - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  24. Moravia Town

  25. Moravia Village

  26. Niles Town - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  27. Oneida City - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  28. Onondaga County - Climate Action Plan (with inventory)

  29. Oswego City - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  30. Oswego County

  31. Owasco Town (Certified Bronze) - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan; GHG inventory update 2021

  32. Preble Town - GHG inventory; Sustainability Plan Draft

  33. Pulaski Village (Certified Bronze) - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan; GHG inventory update 2021

  34. Richland Town (Certified Bronze) - GHG inventory 2015; GHG inventory update 2021Climate Action Plan

  35. Skaneateles Town - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  36. Skaneateles Village - GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan

  37. Syracuse City - GHG inventory; Sustainability Plan

  38. Tully Village - Municipal GHG inventory; Community GHG inventory

Climate Smart Communities in CNY

For further information about the CSC Program, visit the DEC’s website, or contact Mike Boccuzzi at mboccuzzi@cnyrpdb.org or (315)-422-8276 ext 1204 or Amanda Mazzoni at amazzoni@cnyrpdb.org or (315) 422-8276 ext 1215.