Climate Smart Communities

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About the Program

Founded in 2009, the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program is sponsored by six different New York State agencies:

  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Department of Public Service
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Health
The program was designed to encourage local governments to take action on climate change by committing to a 10-point CSC Pledge. A municipality is designated as a Certified Climate Smart Community once they also complete and document several crucial actions that help the community mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local level.
Making the City Climate Smart

The City of Schenectady is working hard to achieve Climate Smart Community status, as Mayor McCarthy is continually looking for ways to make Schenectady cleaner and greener. There are 12 main action categories that we are aiming to fulfill (actions considered priority actions by New York State are in bold):

  1. Build a climate-smart community*
  2. CSC Certification Criteria
  3. Inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action
  4. Decrease energy use
  5. Shift to clean, renewable energy
  6. Use climate-smart materials management
  7. Implement climate-smart land use
  8. Enhance community resilience to climate change
  9. Support a green innovation economy
  10. Inform and inspire the public
  11. Engage in an evolving process of climate action
  12. Innovation
  13. Performance
  14. *this action is mandatory.
As the City completes any of the above actions, we will receive a certain number of points towards the 120 or 300 total points necessary to obtain bronze or silver certification, respectively. We are currently working on:
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Assessment
Check this page regularly for more updates on our progress!

Contact Us


Heather Ipsen

Innovation and Performance Specialist 
hipsen@schenectadyny.gov