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Climate Smart Communities

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  • The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program began in 2009 as an interagency initiative of New York State to encourage local governments to commit to act on climate change by passing a resolution containing the 10-point CSC Pledge. Announced in 2014, the certification program represents the next step in the evolution of the program. In order to be designated a Certified Climate Smart Community, a municipality must go beyond the CSC Pledge by completing and documenting a suite of actions that mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local level. Chenango County passed the 10-point CSC pledge and became a registered CSC in March 2021. Participation in this program offers Chenango County the ability to increase resiliency, sustainability, and energy efficiency through County chosen projects. Chenango County will earn points toward certification for each action they complete.

Benchmarking Reports for Public

  • 2020 Benchmarking Report
  • 2019 Benchmarking Report
  • 2018 Benchmarking Report

  • Clean Energy Communities

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    • NYSERDA developed a list of high-impact actions that local governments can take to save energy, cut costs, and earn designation. A local government must successfully complete four actions to become a designated Clean Energy Community. Chenango County was designated a Clean Energy Community in February 2019 after completing four out of ten high impact actions identified by NYSERDA. Designation allowed Chenango County the opportunity to apply for a grant up to $150,000 toward an additional clean energy project. To build on this success, the Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round was launched in January 2021. The Leadership Round is a powerful new update to the original Clean Energy Communities to make the program more impactful, innovative, and sustainable over time. In this round, Chenango County will continue to prioritize and implement high-impact actions, apply for grants that emphasize new activity and impact, and earn new forms of recognition.