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Take Action for our Environment:

New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt. 

To take advantage of these resources, communities must first take the pledge to become a CSC.  Four communities in our area have done so: the City of Rochester, Town of Brighton, Town of Irondequoit, and Village of Victor.  If you do not live in one of these areas, please contact your local leaders to urge them to (literally) get with the program.  

Below is contact information for elected officials from local municipalities that have not yet pledged to become Climate Smart Communities.  Call or email the one that represents you and say something like, "As your constituent, I strongly urge you and your fellow representatives to vote to take the Climate Smart Community pledge and, following this, to take advantage of the resources this program provides.  New York State has set goals to mitigate climate change and increase resiliency to its inevitable effects.  Let's make sure we are part of the solution, and that we and our neighbors are prepared for the challenges that climate change will bring.  Thank you."  If you or they need more information, it can be found on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation website.

If you live in a municipality that has already taken the pledge (Rochester, Brighton, Irondequoit, or Victor), please call or email your elected officials to thank them and encourage them to follow through on their commitment by acting to reduce your community's dependence of fossil fuels and prepare for the impacts of climate change.  Contact information for these representatives follows:

If your town is not included in either of the previous lists, visit the DEC's website to check if your elected officials have taken the CSC pledge. 

If you're not sure who your local representatives are, google the name of your municipality (e.g., Town of _____, City of ______, Village of ______) to find contact information.  Then call or email to either ask that they take the pledge or thank them for already doing so, as described above. 

Find out more from our 2014 forum: "Climate Smart Communities:  Let’s Get With the Program"


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