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Climate Smart Communities Grants

June 28, 2023 @ 1:30 pm 3:30 pm

A webinar will be held from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 on grants communities can receive.

Climate Smart Communities Grant Projects Help Municipalities Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Adapt to Climate ChangeThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Climate Smart Communities Grant Program is a 50/50 matching grant program that supports municipalities seeking to become certified Climate Smart Communities and implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate flood risk, and help to prepare for extreme weather. The program also supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act), which requires New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.Climate Smart Communities grant projects provide many benefits to municipalities looking to become more resilient to climate change and make their communities healthier and safer places to live. These benefits can be even greater for New York’s disadvantaged communities, who experience disproportionately larger impacts from climate change and economic inequities.Join us for a webinar on June 28th to hear from local governments and organizations about how Climate Smart Communities grant projects are benefitting their communities.


Registration: https://meetny.webex.com/weblink/register/r9d53cc7a0c7b63cd3a8149038a66fd98

Speakers: Julie Noble, Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator – City of KingstonThe city of Kingston received a Climate Smart Communities grant to rehabilitate sidewalks and install a two-way protected bike lane and synchronized traffic and bike signals, improved bus stops, and streetscape amenities. The city also received a Climate Smart Communities grant for an organic waste management plan to reduce organic waste in landfills.Shalini Beath, Energy & Sustainability Manager – City of RochesterThe city of Rochester received Climate Smart Communities grants for developing a Climate Vulnerability Assessment to help prepare for the potential impacts of climate change, and a Climate Adaptation Plan that reviews existing community plans and projects to identify strategies, policies, and/or projects to adapt to future climate change impacts.Sara Scott, Director of Recreation and Parks Stewardship – City of RochesterThe city of Rochester received a Climate Smart Communities grant to design and construct park shelters to serve as permanent shade structures. These shade structures will provide protection against harmful UV rays and help city residents prevent heat exhaustion, overheating, and sunstroke.Emily Root, Director of Ecological Programs – Buffalo Niagara WaterkeeperThe town of Niagara received a Climate Smart Communities grant for a stream and floodplain restoration project in collaboration with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and the Western New York Land Conservancy. The project enhances ecosystem functions, addresses frequent flooding events in adjacent neighborhoods, and increases resiliency to future extreme weather conditions.

Applications for Climate Smart Communities grant funding are currently being accepted through July 28.

Implementation projects in disadvantaged communities and certification projects in municipalities with disadvantaged communities will receive additional points in the scoring criteria on applications for Climate Smart Communities grants.

More information about the grant program and the 2023 Request for Applications are available on DEC’s website.