Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

MILLBROOK – Cornell Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and the NYS DEC Office of Climate Change, will hold a forum on the New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Certification Program to provide communities an overview of the program’s benefits, grant opportunities, and how to get started.

Climate Change CCEThe forum will be Saturday, June 4th, 2016 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (doors open at 8:30 am), and will be held at the Villard Room at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY. Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. 

On April 18th Governor Cuomo announced “$11 million in Climate Smart Community grants is available for municipalities to become more resilient to the effects of climate change.” Communities can apply for the grants through the Consolidated Funding Application. The grants can be used to fund projects that mitigate the effects of climate change or implement adaptation actions to become more resilient to climate change impacts, like reducing flood risk. The grants also provide support for communities seeking to become certified Climate Smart Communities. The deadline to apply for these grant funds is July 29, 2016.

Participants of the forum will also learn about actions they can take to create competitive applications for the CSC grants. Presentations will also include case studies from communities that are participating in the CSC certification program as part of their strategy to become more resilient to extreme weather.

The NYS Climate Smart Communities Program supports municipalities as they plan and carry out climate-friendly actions that match community goals and save taxpayer dollars. Over 170 New York municipalities have made the decision to engage their citizens in energy efficiency, renewable energy and the green economy through the ten program elements in the Climate Smart Communities Pledge. The CSC Certification program provides a framework to guide a community’s climate actions while also providing recognition for their leadership. There are over 120 individual actions communities can take to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change while simultaneously earning points in the program.

This forum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. For more information, contact Carolyn at cak97@cornell.edu or (845) 677-8223, ext. 135. Register online at: http://csccertificationforum.eventbrite.com.

This forum is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Office of Climate Change, the NYS Water Resources Institute, the Hudson Valley Regional Council and the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns.

This forum is part of the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, a program of Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with the NYS Water Resource Institute and the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

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