The intent of this pledge element is to gather data about local GHG emission sources, develop baseline emissions inventories for government operations and the community, and develop a local action plan for reducing emissions that includes specific GHG reduction targets and strategies to achieve those targets.
Broome County is continually working toward actions to help us understand our efficiencies, impacts and progress toward becoming a more sustainable community. Understanding your progress toward reducing GHG emissions not only has environmental benefits, it also may result in cost savings (saving taxpayer dollars), enhanced services, spurring innovation and more.
When it comes to assessing our climate action progress, Broome County has begun collecting and documenting data and information. Below is a summary of some of the information we have collected thus far that can contribute to more comprehensive overall analysis and planning for climate action.
Building energy use
BMTS Long Range Plan
As part of their long-term planning the Binghamton Regional Transportation Study (our local Metropolitan Planning Organization) includes a Energy and Greenhouse Gas Analysis that gives an overview of Greenhouse Gas emissions related to transportation. This includes estimates of the amount of energy consumed by vehicles using the road network and the amount of energy consumed in the course of constructing and maintaining a transportation system. The currently adopted plan is Looking Forward: 2040. Although, BMTS is currently going through the process of updating the plan.
Cleaner Greener Southern Tier
The Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Regional Sustainability Plan establishes 18 goals and outlines a detailed strategy for a future that is economically prosperous, environmentally sound, and socially responsible. This plan is grounded in the strengths and challenges of the Southern Tier and builds upon success stories in the Region, supplemented with model programs and best practices that have proven to be effective elsewhere. Given sufficient funding, political will, empowered citizenry, and an engaged business community, all of the actions identified in this plan can be implemented and achieved with existing technologies. Innovation and new technologies could allow the Region to take even greater strides toward reaching our goals. The Plan includes a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for each County in the region. The purpose of this inventory is to help the region better characterize its baseline GHG emissions and energy consumption. Identifying and quantifying key emission sources can help prioritize and inform strategies for reducing emissions and provide a baseline against which progress can be measured in the future. This plan presents a picture of community greenhouse gas emissions for Southern Tier Communities including sources such as homes, transportation, agriculture, waste management, industry and land use.