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Climate Smart & Connected

Welcome to the Mid-Hudson Climate Smart Communities newsletter that connects local governments to new resources, climate protection news and events in the region. Additional climate and energy resources are available on the Mid-Hudson CSC website


Updated Map of Mid-Hudson's Climate Smart Communities! 

New Climate Smart Communities!

Congratulations to the City of White Plains, the Village of Piermont, the Town of LaGrange and the Town of Highland on signing the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Pledge! There are now 52 local governments in the Mid-Hudson Region who are working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, save taxpayer dollars, and prepare for the impacts of climate change.


CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, developed a comprehensive climate change reporting platform for city governments, regardless of size or geographic location. The voluntary CDP questionnaire enables city governments to benchmark and report on emissions, develop custom climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, and share best practices.

View CDP Cities 2014 Infographic

Why should your city publicly disclose its climate related activities, risks and opportunities? 

Read the Case for City Disclosure

Local Government Green Fleets Guide

Download the Green Fleets Guide

A Green Fleets Guide was developed with the Village of Dobbs Ferry to help weigh the costs and benefits of a variety of fuel efficient, low emissions, and cost effective vehicles that can be procured to replace existing vehicles in a local government's fleet. 


Tool for Right-Sizing a Local Government Fleet

Download Right-Sizing Guide

Local governments can cost effectively increase the efficiency of their fleet by right-sizing their vehicles. This tool, which was developed with the Village of Tarrytown, outlines 4 steps to right-sizing a fleet and includes a vehicle inventory template, a vehicle characteristics checklist and a vehicle purpose survey.

Click here for more information.

CSC Webinar: Community Energy Options

This month's Climate Smart Communities Webinar will provide an overview of microgrids, Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Plants and distributed energy and discuss the opportunities and challenges they present and available funding for local governments.

October 9, 2014 from  10:30 am - 12:00 pm. 

Click here to watch the video.

Webinar: Resilient Design - Transitioning to the New Built Environment

Register for the Resilient Design Webinar where Alex Wilson, Founder of BuildingGreen Inc. and Resilient Design Institute, will provide an overview of practical measures to improve the resiliency of buildings and communities.

October 16, 2014 from 12:00 - 1:15 pm.


How much do you consume?

As a New York resident, you consume enough energy to fly a Boeing 747 from New York City to Washington, D.C. 

The U.S. Department of Energy created a graphic that uses interesting statistics to help us visualize how much energy we consume in comparison to national averages. This fall take advantage of free home energy audits through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority or learn about DIY energy saving projects through 


Existing Facilities Program

Funding is available from NYSERDA to help offset the cost of energy efficiency upgrades. Eligible municipalities in NY can receive incentives for approved energy-saving technologies installed at their facilities. For more details and assistance, visit the Existing Facilities Program website or contact a NYSERDA representative. 

Email:  or Phone: (866) 774-8818.


Stay Climate Smart & Connected!

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Join the conversation online to learn more about the Mid-Hudson Climate Smart Communities program, view upcoming events, and see how other communities are taking action under the 10 CSC Pledge Elements.


DISCLAIMER:  All information presented in the Mid-Hudson Climate Smart Communities newsletter and on the website is part of the statewide Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program. The Mid-Hudson Climate Smart Communities Region is comprised of CSCs located in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties. For further information on the CSC, please contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Climate Change: or visit the NYS DEC CSC Program website for more information.