Climate Smart Communities Task Force Committee

Climate Smart Communities Task Force

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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 6:30pm-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
Bob Gilson, CAC Rep
Adelia Moore
Elizabeth Poreba
Sarah Steadman
Cathy Wilkerson
Joshua Young
John Trainor
Kris Cottom
Marc Anthonisen – Advisor
Frieda Pearce

Town Buildings Energy Benchmarking:

Heat Pump Campaign
Click here to watch our last webinar about Heat Pumps to find out how you can heat and cool your house while saving money and dropping oil use completely

Annual Report for New Lebanon Climate Smart Communities Task Force: “Road to Silver”
See Here for the Annual Report as of May 2021

Climate Vulnerability Assessment — Seasonal Drought – New Lebanon, NY
See Here for Seasonal Drought Document – December 29, 2020 
See Here for Power Point Presentation – December 29, 2020

Climate Vulnerability Report by Cornell University Master of Public Administration students Jessie Hughes and Waqar Akhtar
Click here for the presentation – June 2021
Click here for the report – June 2021

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

New Lebanon Community Green House Gas Inventory- draft for review
See here for a draft Community GHG Inventory Report 


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Please watch our video on composting and view our educational posters here!

Learn about how residents and businesses can participate in our Climate Smart Activities 

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Click here to Learn about how residents and businesses can reduce their Green House Gases