Village seeks volunteers for Climate Smart Community


Village seeks volunteers for Climate Smart Community

POTSDAM — The village Board of Trustees voted in October to become a climate smart community, becoming the 210th municipality across the state to endorse the goals of lowering emissions and increasing resiliency. On Thursday, the village sent out a press release requesting volunteers to serve on a climate smart community task force. The Climate Smart Community Pledge is a state-wide program, which includes the town, the village of Norwood, the village of Canton and the city of Ogdensburg. The pledge acknowledges both the need to reduce carbon emissions to slow climate change and the need to adapt to changes already underway. Climate Smart Communities pledge to 10 goals, including using more renewable energy, decreasing energy use, and increasing community resiliency.Some of these goals can be met by projects the village is already working on, including using energy efficient LED’s to replace the village’s street lights and bringing the East Hydroelectric Dam back online. Communities who have taken the pledge can also apply for grants from a $10 million fund made available by the state.The goal of the task force would be to find ways the village can meet these goals. Volunteers would work with village staff and representatives from major local institutions.The state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold an orientation in March for members of the task force.Residents interested in serving on the task force should contact Director of Planning and Development Frederick J. Hanss at fhanss@vi.potsdam.ny.us or (315) 265-1670.
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Village seeks volunteers for Climate Smart Community

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