Pledge Element 1: Build a climate-smart community

This element focuses on building a local team to support climate action efforts and connect to larger networks through regional or national climate campaigns.

Climate Smart Communities Task Force

The Climate Smart Communities Task Force serves as a central body of leadership that promotes and supports the local government to accomplish plans, programs, and activities that are part of the Climate Smart Communities Certification program. The County Executive has named the Broome County Environmental Management Council as the Broome County Climate Smart Communities Task Force. More information about the EMC and associated activities can be found on their webpage

Climate Smart Communities Coordinator

The Climate Smart Communities Coordinator serves as a point of contact for the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program and facilitates project implementation. The Broome County Planning Department houses the Senior Planner that serves as the CSC Coordinator. Contact information is listed below.

Beth Lucas, Senior Planner
Broome County Planning Department
60 Hawley Street, PO Box 1766
Binghamton, New York 13902
Phone: (607)778-2114
Email: blucas@co.broome.ny.us 

Clean Energy Communities

Broome County has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). This is a recognition of the County’s leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally. Broome County received the designation for completing four high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the CEC initiative. To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, Broome County completed the following high-impact clean energy actions:

  • Participated in a community-based Solarize campaign to reduce solar project costs through joint purchasing and promote residential access to clean energy.
  • Established an Energize NY Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable Property Assessed Clean Energy financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at commercial buildings and not-for-profits.
  • Adopted a benchmarking policy to track and report annually the energy use of the County’s municipal buildings.
  • Performed energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to municipal buildings to achieve at least a 10 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions including installing a significant solar array, resulting in a reduction of half of the County’s greenhouse gas emissions from County Buildings.