Greening Our Energy

Essential Reductions

This page is in draft: we are still forming our workshops.

Improving Municipal Energy Efficiency and Protecting the Community

Friday, Oct. 22, 11am

Municipalities need to both reduce energy use and prepare their communities for climate impacts. We'll explore planning tools to do both: Climate Action Plans (which outline initiatives and goals), and climate adaptation and vulnerability assessments. We will also show how actions taken to become certified as a Climate Smart or Clean Energy Community will serve to increase energy efficiency. We hope to discuss how you can reduce your town's carbon footprint through a GHG inventory and energy audit, and by transitioning to electric landscaping equipment on town property.

EVs and Municipal Fleets

Friday, Oct. 22, 2pm

EVs are becoming more prevalent as driving range increases and the EV charging infrastructure grows. Learn about incentives for municipalities to purchase EVs and charging stations, public/private charging station partnerships, the electrification of school buses (including funding options), right-sizing of municipal fleets, and alternative transportation options.

Energy and the CLCPA
Saturday, Oct. 23, 10am

New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act made our State a climate change leader. We'll explore how energy-related provisions in the CLCPA affect municipalities on a practical level, and how municipalities can help meet the CLCPA’s aggressive targets, which include a timetable for GHG emissions reductions, expansion of renewable sources, and increases in energy storage capacity.

Clean Energy Homes
Saturday, Oct. 23, 1pm

Buildings are one of the largest contributors to GHG emissions. We'll go over ways in which residential buildings can lower their footprints through home energy audits, changes in home energy management, new HVAC options such as geothermal and air-source heat pumps, home solar and energy storage, home EV charging stations, and electric lawn equipment. We'll discuss the NYStretch energy code, existing tools to measure personal energy usage, and how CACs can help residents meet their energy goals.