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Climate Smart Communities Task Force Committee

Climate Smart Communities Task Force

Mission statement:

On April 14, 2020, in a town meeting held via video and teleconference, the New Lebanon Town Board resolved to be a “Climate Smart Community,” thus joining a state-wide effort, directed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve climate resilience.  A Task Force consisting of 12 residents was created by the Town to help it meet its commitments as a participant in this program, and, in general, to explore ways for the entire community to reduce its carbon footprint.

The Task Force’s mandate is twofold:

1) to decide on appropriate actions that would significantly help the community reduce its carbon footprint and adapt to a changing climate

2) to see the proposed actions through to accomplishment.

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that Town of New Lebanon, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate, adopts the New York State Climate Smart Communities pledge, which comprises the following ten elements:

 1)    Build a climate-smart community.

2)    Inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action.

3)    Decrease energy use.

4)    Shift to clean, renewable energy.

5)    Use climate-smart materials management.

6)    Implement climate-smart land use.

7)    Enhance community resilience to climate change.

8)    Support a green innovation economy.

9)    Inform and inspire the public.

10) Engage in an evolving process of climate action.

The full resolution can be read here. Meetings are typically held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7pm-8pm at the New Lebanon Town Hall, 14755 State Route 22, New Lebanon.  All meetings are open to the public. Minutes of the meetings will be posted below.

The Climate Smart Communities Task Force Team:

Steve Powers, CSC Chair, CAC Rep

Bruce Shenker, CSC Coordinator,  New Lebanon Rep To CC Env Management Council

Jenna Barbary-Glovsky, CAC Rep

Bob Gilson, CAC Rep

Marsha Kessler

Adelia Moore

Elizabeth Poreba

Sarah Steadman

Cathy Wilkerson

Joshua Young

Town Buildings Energy Benchmarking:

New Lebanon, NY Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Government Operations Summary Report
August 12, 2020


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