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Climate Smart Communities Program

Queensbury Climate Smart Certification Initiative

State Support for Local Climate Action

Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Benefits include leadership recognition, free technical assistance, and access to grants.

Registered communities have made a commitment to act by passing the CSC pledge. Certified communities are the foremost leaders in the state; they have gone beyond the CSC pledge by completing and documenting a suite of actions that mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local level.

See the NYS Department of Conservation outlines or 7 elements for local certification

Climate Smart Communities Certification

The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Certification program supports your local government in building a sustainable, balanced climate action program, one step at a time.

The CSC Certification program provides local governments with a robust framework to guide climate action and enables high-performing communities to achieve recognition for their leadership. To learn how our local communities can become a Certified Climate Smart Community, please visit ClimateSmart.NY.Gov.

Energy and Climate

The Energy / Climate Change Connection

Foresighted state policies have made New York fifth in the nation for climate-friendly renewable electricity. This section explores energy, climate and the connections between them. The focus is on the policies, programs and plans DEC and New York State have made to reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases and to help New Yorkers adapt as the climate changes.

Information on New York’s energy resources, including oil, natural gas and renewable sources can also be accessed from these online resources: