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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

Latest Update

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.

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Town of Preble's Village Hall

Preble's Village Hall

The Town of Preble's Village Hall

Solar Panels on Preble's Village Hall Roof

Solar Panels on Preble's Village Hall Roof

Solar panels on the roof of the Town of Preble's Village Hall

Cortland upgrades municipal wastewater treatment facility.

Cortland upgrades municipal wastewater treatment facility

The City of Cortland will upgrade their municipal wastewater treatment facility.

Cortland upgrades municipal wastewater treatment facility.

Cortland upgrades municipal wastewater treatment facility

The City of Cortland will upgrade their municipal wastewater treatment facility.

Solarize Madison Ribbon Cutting

Solarize Madison

Solarize Madison Ribbon Cutting

Solarize Madison Ribbon Cutting

Solarize Madison

Solarize Madison Ribbon Cutting

Town of Preble C2IP Demonstration Project - New high efficiency electric heat pumps.

Town of Preble C2IP Demonstration Project

New high efficiency electric heat pumps.

Town of Preble C2IP Demonstration Project - 9.4kW Solar PV array fully installed.

Town of Preble C2IP Demonstration Project

9.4kW Solar PV array fully installed.

Town of Preble C2IP Demonstration Project- Preble Town Supervisor Jim Doring and NYS Senator James Seward cut the ribbon.

Town of Preble C2IP Demonstration Project

Preble Town Supervisor Jim Doring and NYS Senator James Seward cut the ribbon.

Town Hall: The rear roof is being extended to accommodate the new 9kW Solar PV system as part of the Town of Preble Demonstration project.

Town Hall

The rear roof is being extended to accommodate the new 9kW Solar PV system as part of the Town of Preble Demonstration project.

A blower door test being performed on the Preble Town Hall.

Blower Test

A blower door test being performed on the Preble Town Hall.

Ignite Syracuse: spotlight on regional green initiatives. Andrew Maxwell, Director City of Syracuse Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Ignite Syracuse

Spotlight on regional green initiatives. Andrew Maxwell, Director, City of Syracuse Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Ignite Syracuse: spotlight on regional green initiatives. Frank Howe, Principal Economic Development Planner Cayuga County.

Ignite Syracuse

Spotlight on regional green initiatives. Frank Howe, Principal Economic Development Planner, Cayuga County.

Town of DeWitt 50kW Solar PV System at the DeWitt Town Hall.

Town of DeWitt

Town of DeWitt 50kW Solar PV System at the DeWitt Town Hall.

Closeup: Town of DeWitt 50kW Solar PV System at the DeWitt Town Hall

Town of DeWitt

Closeup:50kW Solar PV System at the DeWitt Town Hall

Central New York Climate Change Initiative Program logo.

Our Logo

Logo for the Central New York Climate Change Initiative Program.

Photo from June 2010 Press Conference.

6/14/2010 Press Conference

EPA Region 2 Administrator announces that the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board has been named a Climate Showcase Community.

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Project Summary

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.

Community Characteristics

Population: 782,000
Area: 3,622 square miles
Government Type: Regional Council
Community Type: Urban and Rural
Median Household Income: $42,000 to $50,000

Program Results

  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

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