The Rye Town Council adopted the Climate Smart Pledge in a recent resolution, which committed the town to:
1. Lead, organize and promote municipal and town-wide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020.
2. Explore best practices and lessons learned from other municipalities and sustainability efforts.
3. Solicit public input and feedback.
4. Recommend actions that will result in the town and the community reducing their carbon footprint for future generations.
In congratulating the town on being named to the Climate Smart Communities program, NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment in history. Climate change is affecting each of us and demands the attention of every government body, every business, and every citizen.” Becoming a Climate Smart Community is the latest step in revitalizing the Town Council’s Sustainability Committee, first formed in 2014, and now led by Councilman Tony Baxter. The new Sustainability Committee includes local constituents from all of the town’s municipalities who are working together to help fulfill the Climate Smart Pledge. “This pledge builds momentum toward our efforts to
address the town’s sustainability, and will help put us on a course to reduce the impact that the town has on the environment,” Baxter said. To date, the town has already made great strides towards increasing sustainability by being awarded $16,000 in NYS DEC rebate funding for an Electric Vehicle Charging Station to be installed at Crawford Park, and by joining the Energize NY Commercial Program, which will help commercial property owners to make energy efficient and clean energy upgrades to buildings. The Climate Smart Communities program will also provide free tools and technical assistance to help Rye to increase its sustainability and economic development. “Becoming a Climate Smart Community puts the town of Rye in the company of other forward-thinking communities across the state who are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and conserve resources while helping taxpayers to save money, said Rye Town Supervisor Gary J. Zuckerman.