NYSDEC encourages “Climate Smart” communities

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) announced that it formally encourages municipalities to consider climate change, green house gas emissions, “green collar” workforce development issues and other related issues in its zoning and land use and other decision making processes.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today encouraged local governments to join in the fight against global warming by adopting a new Climate Smart Communities Pledge.

The Climate Smart Communities Pledge outlines a voluntary 10-point plan for reducing a community’s greenhouse gas emissions. By following the plan, communities large and small can play a key role in fighting global climate change. The Commissioner also announced the availability of the Climate Smart Communities Guide, which provides the tools to help communities meet the pledge.

“Global warming is the issue of our time. It’s a problem that demands the attention and the action of every government body, every business and every citizen,” Commissioner Grannis said. “Local communities can do their part by adopting timely strategies to decrease energy use and waste, increase recycling and supporting a green economy. By doing so, they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and save taxpayers’ dollars.”

Because many communities lack the technical resources to identify cost-effective emission-reduction measures, New York State also is offering the Climate Smart Communities Guide, which will provide a variety of planning steps and actions local governments can take to fight global warming. DEC is developing the guide along with the Department of State (DOS), the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) and the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The “Climate Smart” Community Pledge is here.

The Guide is here.