New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced the latest round of fourteen certified Climate Smart Communities across New York State, including the Town of Cazenovia.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Despite endless attempts by the federal government to ignore the climate crisis, Governor Cuomo remains steadfast in his commitment to ensure that New York is prepared for unprecedented weather events that threaten our communities. These Climate Smart Communities understand the urgency to reverse climate change and build a more resilient New York for generations to come. As we continue to seek innovative ways to integrate climate change into daily decision making, it’s thrilling to see these communities demonstrate how their bold actions lead to success.”
These cities, towns, and villages are taking bold steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In order to be certified, every community must show that it has an active climate action task force that includes municipal and citizen representatives. The Town has also developed (with the Village of Cazenovia) a Climate Action Plan. Cazenovia received points for among other things) completing greenhouse gas benchmarking inventories that calculate emissions at the local level; upgrading interior lighting to in Town buildings to LED; installing LED streetlights; and participating in Energy Code enforcement training. The Town has been awarded the Bronze designation for its work.