Town of Mamaroneck Certified Again
as a Climate Smart Community
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the latest round of communities to achieve certification as part of New York State’s Climate Smart Communities program, a program that supports local efforts to meet the challenges posed by climate change. By taking meaningful steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change, the DEC reported that nine local governments in New York State met the criteria to be recognized as leaders for the first time and only one municipality, the Town of Mamaroneck, met the criteria for the second time, renewing its certification, originally earned in 2016.
DEC Commissioner and Climate Action Council Co-Chair Seggos said, “DEC applauds the work of these 10 communities taking local action to help address the threat of climate change and bolster our climate leadership under Governor Kathy Hochul. We look forward to working with our Climate Smart Communities and other local leaders incorporating clean energy, climate resiliency, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, among other actions, in policies and plans that benefit local residents, create green jobs, and help build a stronger, more resilient New York State.”
Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor Jaine Elkind Eney said, “We are proud to achieve this milestone towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and once again, illustrate that the Town continues to be a leader in NYS in environmental initiatives.”
The Town of Mamaroneck has made the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for over a decade through their energy and cost-saving programs such as installing EV charging stations, retrofitting Town buildings to reduce energy usage, retrofitting all streetlights with LED bulbs, purchasing electric vehicles for municipal use, initiating a food scrap recycling program, joining Westchester Power to control residents’ electricity costs and increase the use of renewable energy and so much more.
The certification program was launched in 2014 to document and celebrate the accomplishments of communities taking climate action. For more information, see the online certification reports that describe all the actions that each certified community took to achieve certification.