The Climate Smart Communities Certification Program: Supporting Municipal Efforts to Become Climate Resilient
Date: Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm (Doors open at 8:30am)
Location: Vassar College, Villard Room, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY
Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided.
On April 18th Governor Cuomo announced “$11 million in Climate Smart Community grants is available for municipalities to become more resilient to the effects of climate change.”
This forum will provide communities an overview of the NYS Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Certification program, the benefits to participating in the program and how to get started. Participants will learn about how completion of certain CSC Certification actions increases the competiveness of applications for CSC grants. Presentations will also include case studies from communities that are participating in the CSC certification program as part of their strategy to become more resilient to extreme weather.
The NYS Climate Smart Communities Program supports municipalities as they plan and carry out climate-friendly actions that match community goals and save taxpayer dollars. Over 170 New York municipalities have made the decision to engage their citizens in energy efficiency, renewable energy and the green economy through the ten program elements in the Climate Smart Communities Pledge. The CSC Certification program provides a framework to guide a communities climate actions while also providing recognition for their leadership. There are over 120 individual actions communities can take to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change while also and simultaneously earning points in the program.
This Forum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, contact Carolyn at email@example.com or (845) 677-8223, ext. 135.
This forum is part of the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, a program of Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with the NYS Water Resource Institute and the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.
Cornell Cooperative Extension, the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, the NYS Water Resource Institute at Cornell University, the Hudson Valley Regional Council and the Environmnetal Cooperative at Vassar Barns.