The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program creates a network of New York municipalities seeking to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources, while reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and increasing communities’ resiliency to impacts of climate change. Dutchess County leaders, the County Executive and the Chairman of the Legislature, have determined that involvement in these programs can help reduce overall energy usage and its associated costs and increase the use of renewable energy sources, both in government facilities and the community at large. The program also provides guidance to local governments on best practices for mitigating and adapting to climate change and offers a source of matching grants for projects that advance stated goals
The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Task Force was established to review the elements of the Climate Smart Communities program in order to certify Dutchess County as a Bronze Level CSC within 12-18 months. The Task Force will be responsible for gathering the necessary data, conducting any required studies and submitting documentation to the NYSCSC program through its online portal.
The Board includes 8 members appointed by the County Executive and 8 members appointed by the Chairperson of the County Legislature.
The CSC program is designed to encourage both climate smart actions on behalf of the municipal governments and the community at large. Given this dichotomy, we have named Co-coordinators to lead this effort: Steve MacAvery (Chairman of the DCEMC) and Brad Barclay (DC Dept. of Planning and Development’s Environmental Planner).
Meetings of the CSC Task Force are held quarterly and are open to the public at the Department of Planning and Development’s new offices (85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 107, Poughkeepsie, NY).
Next Meeting Date: March 28, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
Agendas & Minutes:
2019 Minutes: December 20th (.pdf)