Climate Smart Communities
Task Force


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We meet the first Wednesday of the month, from 6:30-8:00pm at New Lebanon Town Hall.

All meetings are open to the public.


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.

CSC Vision Statement

CSC Vision Statement for a Sustainable, Resilient New Lebanon
CSC Vision Statement – pdf

CSC Meeting Minutes
CSC Members

Steve Powers, CSC Chair, CAC Rep

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

Kris Cottom
Julie Fraad
Bob Gilson, CAC Rep
Adelia Moore
Frieda Pearce

Elizabeth Poreba
Cathy Wilkerson

Marc Anthonisen,

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CSC Reports

Climate Vulnerability

Climate Action Plan for Government Operations
PE2 Action – pdf

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

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

Greenhouse Gas

New Lebanon, NY Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Government Operations Summary Report
December, 2023
August 12, 2020

New Lebanon Community Green House Gas Inventory
See here for the Community GHG Inventory Report

Green Jobs Assessment

Green Jobs Assessment – pdf


CSC Annual Reports

Annual Reports:
2023 Annual Report – pdf
See Here for the Annual Report as of May 2021


CSC Projects

Heat Pump Campaign

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


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

The Organics Plan – pdf

Battery Recycling

See more CSC projects on the Sustainable page: link