Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a network of New York communities engaged in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving climate resilience. Two types of actions enable Climate Smart Communities to minimize the risks of climate change and reduce its long-term costs: mitigation of the causes of climate change, achieved through reduction of GHG emissions; and adaptation to alleviate the risks posed by the predicted effects of climate change, including effects already observed such as increased flooding, drought, extreme weather events and the immediate and long-term impacts on health, safety, economic development and quality of life.
Sullivan County adopted the Climate Smart Communities Pledge in 2010 and has worked steadily to meet a range of goals including:
- Improved energy efficiency and reduced energy costs in County operations
- Deployment of cost effective renewable energy resources for County facilities
- Support for Towns and Villages in their efforts to prepare for climate change and reduce energy costs for their residents and businesses
Certification as a Climate Smart Community requires documentation of a range of actions designed to reduce GHG emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Here’s a checklist of the County’s accomplishments on the way to certification.
The Climate Smart Communities Program
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Impacts of Climate Change
Projected impacts in New York State, region by region
Detailed Reports on Climate Change in NYS
NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority):
Ways to mitigate the causes and adapt to impacts that cannot be mitigated