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Climate Smart Communities Checklist for the City of Plattsburgh
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Please note that the information below is only an overview and it might not be the most current description of CSC certification actions. For full details and the most current information, please visit this website: https://climatesmart.ny.gov
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Definition of "Under Review" in Type/Status column": These actions are currently being revised by the CSC interagency team and will be uploaded to the portal within the next few weeks. They are also italicized in the list below.
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Definition of "CSC Grants" in Type/Status column: These actions are fundable under the certification projects category of the 2018 CSC grants program. More info is at this website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/109181.html
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Action NameLegacy
Action #
PointsType/StatusAlready DoingWill Do
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PE1: Build a climate-smart community.123220
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PE1 Action: CSC Task Force1.02Create a community Climate Smart Community task force focused on
climate mitigation and adaptation
20Mandatory20
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PE1 Action: CSC Coordinator1.03Appoint a Climate Smart Community coordinator10Mandatory10
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PE1 Action: National/Regional Climate Program1.05Join a national or regional climate campaign or program33
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PE2: Inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action.
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PE2 Action: Government Operations GHG
Inventory
2.01Develop a government operations GHG emissions inventory16Priority, CSC
Grants
16
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PE2 Action: Community GHG Inventory2.02Develop a community GHG emissions inventory16Priority, CSC
Grants
16
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PE2 Action: Government Operations
Climate Action Plan
2.03Develop a government operations climate action plan12 - 16Priority, CSC
Grants
16
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PE2 Action: Community Climate Action
Plan
2.06Develop a community climate action plan16Priority, CSC
Grants
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PE3: Decrease energy use.
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PE3 Action: Government Building Energy
Audits
3.01Conduct energy audits of local government buildings8 - 16Priority12
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PE3 Action: Interior Lighting Upgrades3.02Upgrade interior lighting1 - 53
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PE3 Action: HVAC Upgrades3.03Upgrade HVAC equipment1 - 53
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PE3 Action: Water-efficient Fixtures3.04Install water-efficient fixtures1 - 4
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PE3 Action: Building Energy Management
System
3.05Install a building energy management system (EMS)1 - 5
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PE3 Action: Energy Benchmarking for
Government Buildings
3.06Adopt an energy benchmarking requirement for government-owned
buildings
2 - 42
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PE3 Action: Green Building Standard for
Government Buildings
3.07Adopt a green building standard for local government buildings and
facilities
2 - 42
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PE3 Action: Green Building Certification3.08Build a new green building15510
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PE3 Action: Fleet InventoryNANA (This is a new action under version 3.)4CSC Grants4
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PE3 Action: Fleet Efficiency Policy3.10Adopt a vehicle fleet efficiency policy2 - 3CSC Grants2
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PE3 Action: Fleet Rightsizing3.11Right-size the local government fleet1 - 31
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PE3 Action: Advanced Vehicles3.12Replace traditional vehicles with advanced vehicles2 - 102
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PE3 Action: LED Street Lights3.15Convert streetlights to LED5 - 1055
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PE3 Action: LED Traffic Signals3.16Convert traffic signals to LED1 - 442
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PE3 Action: Outdoor Lighting Reduction3.17Reduce number of outdoor lighting fixtures1 - 4
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PE3 Action: Outdoor Lighting Upgrades3.18Upgrade outdoor lighting (other than streetlights and traffic signals)
to more efficient and/or solar technology
1 - 42
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PE3 Action: Environmentally Preferable
Purchasing Policy
3.24Adopt an environmentally preferable purchasing policy1 - 4
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PE3 Action: Financing Mechanism for Government Energy Projects3.25Establish a financing mechanism for energy efficiency and renewable
energy projects in government owned buildings
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PE3 Action: Waste & Energy Provisions in Government Contracts3.26Incorporate energy efficiency and waste handling provisions in
standard specifications and government contracts
1 - 3
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PE3 Action: Incentives for Employee Carpooling & Transit3.28Subsidize and incentivize employee alternative commuting1 - 31
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PE4: Shift to clean, renewable energy.
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PE4 Action: Green Power Procurement Policy4.10Adopt a green power purchase policy to ensure increasing local government energy supplies come from renewables2 - 44
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Action NameLegacy
Action #
Legacy NamePointsType/Status
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PE4 Action: Renewable Energy Feasibility
Studies
4.30Conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy installations3 - 53
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PE4 Action: Renewable Energy Credits4.40Purchase renewable energy credits (RECs)2 - 7
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PE4 Action: Geothermal Installation4.50Install a geothermal heat pump or other geothermal technology at a
new or existing public facility
9 - 2020
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PE4 Action: Solar Energy Installation4.60Install solar hot water and/or solar photovoltaic technology on public
property
9 - 20
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PE4 Action: Power Purchase Agreement for Renewables4.70Serve as a host site for a renewable energy installation and enter into a long-term service contract or power purchase agreement (PPA)9 - 20
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PE4 Action: Wind Energy Installation4.80Install a wind system on public property9 - 20
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PE4 Action: Wood Pellet Installation4.90Install a wood pellet heating system on public property6 - 17
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PE5: Use climate-smart materials management.
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PE5 Action: Government Solid Waste
Audit
3.23Conduct a local government waste audit and track diversion rate over time2
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PE5 Action: Recycling Bins in Government
Buildings
3.20Provide recycling bins next to all trash receptacles in local government buildings33
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PE5 Action: Organic Waste Program for Government Buildings3.21Provide organic waste collection and composting in local government buildings1 - 3
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PE5 Action: WasteWise Program5.30Participate in the EPA WasteWise program1 - 2
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PE5 Action: Construction & Demolition
Waste Policy
5.50Adopt a construction and demolition waste reduction program or policy2 - 6CSC Grants2
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PE5 Action: Resource Recovery Center5.60Set up and manage a resource recovery center to encourage reuse of gently used or new materials that have been discarded6
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PE5 Action: Recycling Program for Public Places & Events5.90Provide recycling bins in public places and events1 - 3
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PE5 Action: Waste Reduction Education Campaign5.13Create an educational campaign to encourage recycling, composting and waste reduction22
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PE5 Action: Compost Bins for Residents5.10Provide compost bins to residents (for sale or free)2
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PE5 Action: Residential Organic Waste
Program
5.11Create an organics or yard waste collection program2 - 2210
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PE6: Implement climate-smart land use.
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PE6 Action: Comprehensive Plan with Sustainability Elements6.10Develop and adopt a comprehensive plan with sustainability elements3 - 21Priority, CSC
Grants
10
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PE6 Action: Smart Growth Policies6.20Incorporate smart growth principles into land-use policies and regulationsUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Renewable Energy Ordinance6.30Adopt a renewable energy ordinanceUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Green Building Codes6.40Establish green building codesUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Resource-efficient Site Design6.50Create resource-efficient site design guidelinesUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Incentives for Renewable Energy & Efficiency Projects6.60Incentivize renewable energy and energy efficiency projectsUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Local Food Systems6.70Adopt land-use policies that support or incentivize farmers' markets, community gardens and urban and rural agricultureUnder Review
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PE6 Action: GreenLITES3.27Utilize a green or sustainability rating system for infrastructure improvement projectsUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Green Parking Lot Standards6.80Adopt green parking lot standardsUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Complete Streets Policy6.90Adopt a complete streets policy4Priority, CSC
Grants
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PE6 Action: Planning & Infrastructure for
Bicycling & Walking
6.10Implement strategies that support bicycling and walking2 - 15CSC Grants55
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PE6 Action: Alternative-fuel Infrastructure6.11Install electric-vehicle infrastructure4 - 18Priority10
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PE6 Action: Infrastructure for Transit &
Alternative Transportation
6.12Implement strategies that increase public transit ridership and alternative transport modesUnder Review
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Action NameLegacy
Action #
Legacy NamePointsType/Status
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PE6 Action: Safe Routes to School 6.13Implement a Safe Routes to School programUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Traffic Calming 6.14Implement traffic calming measuresUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Anti-idling Ordinance 6.15Adopt and enforce an anti-idling ordinanceUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Transportation Technology Solutions6.16Implement transportation technology solutionsUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Natural Resources Inventory 6.17Develop a natural resource inventory8-10Priority, CSC Grants
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PE6 Action: Local Forestry Program 6.18Develop a local forestry or tree planting project or programUnder Review
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PE6 Action: Zoning for Natural Resource6.19Preserve natural areas through zoning or other regulationsUnder Review
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PE7: Enhance community resilience to climate change.Under Review
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PE7 Action: Climate Vulnerability Assessment7.01Conduct a vulnerability assessment4-16Priority, CSC Grants
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PE7 Action: Climate Resilience Vision 7.02Develop a climate resilience vision and associated goals3Priority, CSC Grants
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PE7 Action: Climate Smart Resiliency Planning7.03Review existing community plans and projects to identify climate adaptation strategies and policies or projects that may decrease vulnerability. 6Priority, CSC Grants6
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PE7 Action: Climate Adaptation Strategies 7.04Develop climate adaptation strategies2-8Under Review
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PE7 Action: Climate Resiliency in Local Plans and Projects7.05Incorporate climate resiliency vision, goals, and strategies into local plans and projectsUnder Review
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PE7 Action: Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan7.06Update the multi-hazard mitigation plan to address changing conditions and identify specific strategies to reduce vulnerability to natural hazardsUnder Review
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PE7 Action: Heat Emergency Plan7.07Develop and implement an heat emergency plan6CSC Grants6
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PE7 Action: Shade Structures in Public Spaces7.08Require shade structures and features in public spaces4
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PE7 Action: Cooling Centers 7.09Open new or expand existing cooling centersUnder Review
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PE7 Action: Watershed Assessment7.10Create or update a watershed assessment to identify flooding and water quality priorities2-6Under Review6
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PE7 Action: Floodplain Restoration7.12Conserve, revegetate and reconnect floodplains and buffers in riparian areas1-10Under Review
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PE7 Action: Conservation of Natural Habitats7.13Conserve natural areas for species migration and ecosystem resilience4-16Under Review
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PE7 Action: Strategic Relocation Out of Floo-Prone Areas7.14Facilitate a strategic relocation of usees that are not water dependent from flood prone areasUnder Review
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PE7 Action: National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System7.15Promote community flood prevention strategies through the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System3-9CSC Grants
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PE7 Action: Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management7.16Use green infrastructure to manage stormwater, recharge groundwater and mitigate floodingUnder Review
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Conservation of Wetlands and Forests7.17Conserve wetlands and forests to manage stormwater, recharge groundwater and mitigate floodingUnder Review
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PE7 Action: Nature-based Shoreline Protection7.18Use natural, nature-based or ecologically enhanced shoreline protection.Under Review
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PE7 Action: Local Freeboard Requirement 7.19Extend areas in which the two-foot freeboard requirement appliesUnder Review
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PE7 Action: Consideration of Sea-level Rise in Coastal Development7.20Require consideration of sea-level rise in planning coastal developmentUnder Review
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PE7 Action: Removing Dams & Rightsizing7.21Right-size bridges and culverts, and remove unnecessary and hazardous dams.Under Review
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PE7 Action: Early Warning Systems and Evacuation Plans7.22Develop or enhance early warning systems and community evacuation plansUnder Review
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