East Hampton Is Climate Smart


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Good on ya East Hampton! I’d love to know more details about what’s actually being implemented but I’m glad to read this good news about the good effort that East Hampton is making for our environment.

From East Hampton Town Supe’s Office:

The Town of East Hampton has achieved certification under the Climate Smart Communities Program. This is a tremendous milestone as East Hampton is the first community to achieve certification outside of the 2013 pilot program. This achievement is part of Supervisor Larry Cantwell and the East Hampton Town Board’s efforts to become more resilient to the effects of climate change, including sea level rise and extreme weather. To date, more than 170 communities, representing 6.6 million New Yorkers have committed to acting on climate change through the New York State’s Climate Smart Communities Program.

The Town of East Hampton first adopted the pledge to become a Climate Smart Community in 2009 and the pledge was reaffirmed in 2010. The Department of Natural Resources led the efforts of the Town to extensively document actions that have been implemented in an effort to achieve Certification. John Sousa-Botos the Towns Climate Smart Coordinator, states “the Town’s documentation process was greatly assisted by volunteers from the Town’s Energy & Sustainability Committee.” Natural Resources Director Kimberly Shaw added “the Department is undertaking a number of projects to enhance the Town’s sustainability and resiliency efforts. This achievement of Certification only adds to the Town’s ability to implementing improvements throughout East Hampton.”

“The Town is experiencing a changing coast line and scientists are improving their modeling to demonstrate that we need to prepare to mitigate and adapt to Climate Change. By becoming a Certified Community, the Town becomes eligible for unique funding opportunities that will put forth new technologies and methods to adapt and become more resilient.” said Supervisor Larry Cantwell. “This is just another step in the direction East Hampton wants to go, the Town will work hard over the next year to see how the Town can achieve greater Certification levels as we improve our resiliency.”

Acting New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said “East Hampton’s leadership in acting on climate change is exemplary. Achieving status as a certified Climate Smart Community means the town has implemented a wide range of actions that both reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and help protect the town from extreme weather. I applaud East Hampton’s commitment to preserving natural resources and utilizing renewable energy, and I encourage more communities across New York State follow its example.”

The New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program is an inter-agency effort of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York State Department of State (DOS), New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT), New York State Department of Health, and New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). The goals of the CSC program are: 1) Reduce greenhouse gas emission; 2) Prepare for the impact of climate change; 3) Save taxpayer money. Local governments initiate participation in the program by passage of a resolution to adopt the CSC pledge. The pledge describes ten areas of climate mitigation and adaptation action.

BTW — Here are  a few things YOU can do to help reduce greenhouse gases:

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Open your windows and turn off the A/C!
  • Use CFL lightbulbs
  • Put down the keys — use your bike or take a walk for short trips
  • Buy energy-efficient appliances and products
  • Do something about your water usage, and all the energy that you use to heat it
  • Flip the off switch when you leave a room
  • Plant a tree
  • Embrace solar and geothermal
  • Be a good example

Here’s some more info. Yay!


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