Town and village collaborate with community groups to develop a Climate Action Plan

— The town and village of Cazenovia are working together on developing a Climate Action Plan with technical support and guidance from the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) is providing an opportunity for the Cazenovia community to evaluate how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The goals and recommendations included in the plan are being developed as a local level initiative with input from the community.

New York State's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent (below the levels emitted in 1990) by the year 2050. To help reach this goal, local government representatives and community leaders in Cazenovia are compiling a CAP. The plan, often considered a blueprint for the future, will provide goals for reducing energy use from municipal operations and from the Cazenovia community as a whole. It will include specific recommendations for categories such as transportation, solid waste disposal and municipal lighting.

The town and village are developing the CAP in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and municipal operating costs, protect natural resources and improve the community’s position when applying for grants.

Why is a Climate Action Plan important?

The level of heat-trapping greenhouse gases must drop significantly in order to reduce the impacts on climate change. In response to this concern, the Climate Smart Communities program offers guidelines to help communities such as Cazenovia develop greenhouse gas emission inventories and Climate Action Plans.

Because of this program, communities throughout the state are now able to take action to minimize the risks of potential climate change by improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of renewable resources such as wind and solar.

The CNYRPDB will be working with town and village representatives on community outreach, information collection and data analysis during the spring and summer months and will provide a draft of the Climate Action Plan for community review in the fall of 2014.

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