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) Program and the funding and support available through the program to make communities more resilient to climate change.

Photo from last year’s Climate Smart Communities Forum in Dutchess County. Photo credit Camille Marcotte

The forum will be Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the RSAC Main Room at St. Thomas Aquinas College,125 Route 340, Sparkill. Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. 

At the forum, communities will learn about climate resilience grants and free technical assistance available through the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. The forum will feature insights from municipal leaders on leveraging state resources to adapt to climate change and extreme weather. Representatives from the NYSDEC Office of Climate Change and the Hudson River Estuary Program will also speak. 

The Climate Smart Communities Grants Program is a competitive, 50/50 matching grant program for municipalities to conduct climate change adaptation or mitigation implementation projects, or to undertake eligible actions as part of a strategy to achieve Climate Smart Communities Certification. Eligible implementation projects include those related to flood-risk reduction. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Jul. 28, 2017.

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. Almost 200 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 certification 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 or to register online, visit https://climatesmartresiliency.eventbrite.com.

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