New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (http://www.dec.ny.gov/)
Click here to find information on regional sustainability planning and funding in NYS. This is the first stage of Governor Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities Program.
Click here for an explanation of the components of a regional Sustainability Plan and how to develop the Plans. Examples of Plans provided at the bottom of the page.
For more on Climate Smart Communities, see here. Find materials on how to become a “Climate Smart Community” (similar to the earlier Sierra Club Cool Cities initiative). It includes “Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action”, a model “Climate Smart Communities Pledge” and links to funding opportunities, educational webinars, and networking. Also, an explanation on how to inventory greenhouse gas emissions and develop Climate Action Plans.
This Program is jointly sponsored by: The New York State Department of Environment Conservation, Energy Research and Development Authority, Public Service Commission and Department, Department of State, and Transportation Department.
Note: Advocating and helping your community to become a Climate Smart Community is important. Actions by local governments can serve as a catalyst for actions by the rest of the community.
Find out more about how New York is incorporating the use of renewable energy! Includes information about State policies and programs that promote renewable energy installation and use.
Other Sites with Important Energy-Related Information:
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority(http://www.nyserda.ny.gov) The site has a wealth of information on energy conservation, efficiency and renewables.
For information on Energy Smart Communities, click here. This program offers community access via 25 Community Coordinators in 10 regional offices in NYS.
New York State Department of Public Service and Public Service Commission (http://www.dps.ny.gov)
Ask PSC. For both residences and businesses. This site answers many questions, including issues dealing with energy conservation, tax credits, and financial assistance. (http://www.AskPSC.com )
COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND STUDENTS:
The involvement of U.S. Colleges and Universities and their students in developing clean energy and sustainable communities is essential. These educational institutions can provide leadership by educating graduates and having their students participate in clean energy initiatives. Find out how to support the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment in NYS by going to http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org.
MODEL SUSTAINABLE CITIES EXIST:
Check out the northern port city of Hamburg, Germany for a major example of a walkable, sustainable community on the old harbor called Hafen City or Harbor City at http://www.hafencity.com.