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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced on Friday that the County has once again been recognized as a Climate Smart Community (CSC) by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Five years ago, Orange County became the first County in New York State certified under the CSC program. Orange County now becomes the first County to be recertified as a Climate Smart Community by Governor Cuomo.
“The Climate Smart Community program provides a wonderful example of what we can do to foster smart local climate action while saving local governments and residents money on their energy bills while creating local jobs,” Neuhaus said. “I’m pleased that we have been recognized again by Governor Cuomo for our climate-friendly work, which we will diligently continue.”
In total, 16 local governments were recognized for successfully meeting
Climate Smart criteria as climate leaders today, after more than 445 action submissions were received from communities across the state. This announcement at the Buffalo Museum of Science is part of New York’s weeklong celebration of Climate Week and supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, part of the State’s Green New Deal to achieve a carbon-free electricity system by 2040, and 85 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Started in 2009, the CSC program provides guidance and technical support to local governments to take locally-driven climate action. Currently, there are 277 registered Climate Smart Communities, representing more than eight million New Yorkers. These registered communities have taken the first step toward certification by pledging to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. The certification program was launched in 2014 to document and celebrate the accomplishments of leading communities. Since 2014, New York State has designated 37 certified Climate Smart Communities.
“Achieving the goals of New York's nation-leading plan to fight climate change will only be possible if the state and local governments work together to reduce emissions and protect our communities. That is why we are continuing to partner with municipalities through this successful initiative,” Governor Cuomo said. “I congratulate these 16 communities for taking bold actions and enacting ambitious policies to address climate change and build a clean energy economy at a very local level.”
For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or email@example.com.