State and Local Climate and Energy Program
Central New York Climate Change Innovation Program
Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties, New York
Federal Funding: $497,793
Project Timeline: February 2010 – December 2013
The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) continues to work with seven municipalities to develop Climate Action Plans, host community engagement events, and implement clean energy demonstration projects. The Village of Skaneatles, Town of Dewitt, Town of Preble, City of Cortland, and City of Oswego are all developing Climate Action plans based on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories. In total, those five municipalities have identified potential emissions reductions of 235,411 mt CO2e.
CNY RPDB is also supporting the implementation of demonstration projects. Several solar installations have already been implemented. The Village of Skaneatles held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the first municipal net-zero energy building in New York. The Town of DeWitt is exploring the redevelopment of a regional shopping mall site. The City of Oswego, which has already installed a solar PV system, is moving forward to purchase an electric ice cleaning machine, rather than a traditional diesel model. Finally, the City of Syracuse is replacing streetlights with LED fixtures to reduce energy consumption by 78% per light. Upcoming activity includes continued support for demonstration projects, outreach and engagement with other local government representatives, and administration of the Energy Challenge Team program to encourage public engagement.
Combining Financial Incentives and Technical Assistance to Make Climate Change Innovation Possible
The Central New York Climate Change Innovation Program (C2IP) aims to improve energy efficiency in municipal operations, increase the use renewable energy, and encourage land use and transportation policies that manage GHG emissions and reduce vehicle miles traveled. The CNY RPDB will achieve these goals by:
- providing energy reduction, renewable energy, and climate change management sub-grants to local governments, and
- providing technical assistance through education programs and outreach materials to local government staff.
The C2IP is working alongside seven communities in central New York to develop a GHG inventory, climate action plan, and clean energy demonstration project. The program encourages grantees to adopt community planning controls to support GHG emission reductions from local residents, businesses, and institutions. To help them meet these requirements, CNY RPDB provides technical assistance throughout the process and publishes a Municipal Energy Planning Guide to highlight case studies of grantee projects.
The benefits of the C2IP include reducing energy use and GHG emissions and improving local government capacity to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate action planning measures will also reduce air pollutants, produce energy cost savings, and help educate the public. The program's model — coupling financial incentives and technical assistance with a focus on land-use planning and public education — could be replicated in other regions, and will strengthen existing partnerships with NYSERDA and with regional energy management personnel.
|Area:||3,622 square miles|
|Government Type:||Regional Council|
|Community Type:||Urban and Rural|
|Median Household Income:||$42,000 to $50,000|
|Reported Results (as of September 2013)||Projected Cumulative Results|
|Annual GHG Reductions||0 mt CO2e||576 mt CO2e|
|Annual Electricity Savings||0 MWh||4,211 MWh|
|Local Governments Assisted||7||9|
- Central New York Energy Challenge Website
- Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board's Energy Management Program
- CNY Energy Challenge Facebook page
- CNY Energy Challenge Twitter page
- Oswego and Cortland compete to lower energy consumption, 10/21/2013
- Bright Idea, 2/8/2012
- Central New York Selected for US EPA Climate Showcase Communities Grant Award, 6/16/2010
- Climate Change Is Real, Official Says In Announcing $500,000 Grant to CNY, 6/14/2010
- EPA Awards Half a Million Dollars to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution in Central New York, 6/14/2010