Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Department of Public Service
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of Health
The program was designed to encourage local governments to take action on climate change by committing to a 10-point CSC Pledge. A municipality is designated as a Certified Climate Smart Community once they also complete and document several crucial actions that help the community mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local level.
Making the City Climate Smart
The City of Schenectady is working hard to achieve Climate Smart Community status, as Mayor McCarthy is continually looking for ways to make Schenectady cleaner and greener. There are 12 main action categories that we are aiming to fulfill (actions considered priority actions by New York State are in bold):
Build a climate-smart community*
Inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action
Decrease energy use
Shift to clean, renewable energy
Use climate-smart materials management
Implement climate-smart land use
Enhance community resilience to climate change
Support a green innovation economy
Inform and inspire the public
Engage in an evolving process of climate action
*this action is mandatory.
As the City completes any of the above actions, we will receive a certain number of points towards the 120 or 300 total points necessary to obtain bronze or silver certification, respectively. We are currently working on: Obtaining Bronze Certification We are pleased to announce that we just submitted our completed application to the DEC for bronze certification. We have submitted for 205 points total, making us well on our way toward earning the 300 required for silver certification!