Preston announces Climate Smart Communities Pledge
4/8/2013 (Updated 6:44:11 PM)BINGHAMTON -- Broome County officials say they will soon actively encourage smart sustainable growth through it's energy policy.
County Executive Debbie Preston (R) announced Monday a plan to adopt the Climate Smart Communities Pledge. The plan features ten goals that promote energy efficiency such as decreasing energy demand and combating climate change. One of the steps Preston plans to take is changing the county fleet to compressed natural gas vehicles.
"If you're going to save money, if you're going to save on emissions, it's better for the environment. So right now, those are the big things we're looking at," Preston said. "When we say fleet, we're talking transit, we're talking plow trucks. So anything we can do for the emissions we're going to do it."
Broome County will become the 13th county in New York State to adopt the plan. Six New York State agencies (DEC, NYSERDA, DOT, DOH, Dept of State, and Public Service Commission) all sponsor the Climate Smart Communities Program, which is guided by ten community goals:
1. Pledge to combat climate change by becoming a climate smart community.
2. Set goals, inventory emissions, move to action.
3. Decrease energy demand for local government operations.
4. Encourage renewable energy for local government operations.
5. Realize benefits of recycling and other climate smart solid waste management practices.
6. Promote climate protection through community land use planning.
7. Plan for adaptation to unavoidable climate change.
8. Support a green innovation economy.
9. Inform and inspire the public.
10. Commit to an evolving process.
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