The Clinton-Kirkland Climate Smart Communities Task Force invites community members to an online forum Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
At this meeting, in addition to introducing itself and its work, the Task Force will ask for input on the climate-related issues of most concern to the community. This information will be used as part of a vulnerability assessment being conducted for the Task Force by faculty and students at Hamilton College.
Registration details will be available on the Clinton Kirkland CSC Task Force website (www.kirklandclintonclimatesmart.org).
The Village of Clinton and the Town of Kirkland have already adopted a number of programs designed to reduce energy use and help the environment. In September 2018, residents of Clinton and Kirkland (eventually known as the Clinton Kirkland Sustainability Task Force) met to discuss New York state programs to help communities address effects of climate change.
Based on those discussions, the group encouraged Clinton and Kirkland to become Clean Energy Communities, a NYSERDA program that helps municipalities move towards cleaner energies.
Actions taken to earn the CEC designation included converting street lights and lighting in municipal building to LED fixtures, adopting the state’s Unified Solar Permit, municipal code officer training on Photo Voltaic installations, and benchmarking carbon emissions of municipal buildings.
Clinton officially received the CEC designation last summer…