|New York State’s Climate Smart Communities certification program, launched in 2014, recognizes the leadership of local governments that have documented their accomplishments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptating to climate change.
Last week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a record number of new certified Climate Smart Communities. After reviewing an unprecedented 445 action submissions, the state certified 16 local governments for successfully meeting the bronze criteria:
Capital District: City of Albany and City of Watervliet
Long Island: City of Long Beach
Mid-Hudson: Town of Bedford, Dutchess County, Orange County, Village of Piermont, Village of Pleasantville, Town of Red Hook, and Town of Saugerties
Southern Tier: Broome County, Town of Caroline, Town of Dryden, and Village of Montour Falls
Western New York: City of Buffalo and Erie County