Bedford is now a NYSDEC Certified Climate Smart Silver Community!
The Town of Bedford recently rose from bronze to silver certification — the highest level of achievement available! Bedford is one of only ten communities in New York State to receive this prestigious award.
Governor Hochul’s recent Press Release announced the latest updates to New York State’s Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program. CSC certification allows local governments accumulate points for planning and implementation actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and “supports local efforts to meet the economic, social, and environmental challenges posed by climate change”. The majority of participating CSC communities are also NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities and are thereby eligible for grants to reduce GHG emissions.
- adoption of new communitywide and government Climate Action Plans with aggressive 2030 goals
- upgrades to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy use in municipal buildings
- installation of electric vehicle charging stations
- community Education Campaigns
- … and many others.
Supervisor Calves went on to say, “We are grateful and humbled by the work of our colleagues at Bedford 2030 who have helped us prioritize and navigate this crucial work. I would like to give special recognition to Mark Thielking, Director of Energy and Sustainability, for this leadership and passion and to Mariah Okrongly of Bedford 2030 for steering the rigorous application process.”