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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) is working with seven municipalities to finalize greenhouse gas emission inventories, develop Climate Action Plans, host community engagement events, and implement clean energy demonstration projects. The City of Syracuse and the Town of DeWitt released draft inventories and are beginning to develop their Climate Action Plans. The Central New York Climate Change Innovation Program (C2IP) staff members are working to finalize the greenhouse gas inventories of the Town of Preble, the Village of Skaneateles, the City of Oswego, and the City of Cortland. A ribbon-cutting event was held to celebrate the completion of the Town of Preble's demonstration project, an energy retrofit to the Town's historic 1906 two-room schoolhouse now used as the Town Hall and Post Office. As a result of the project, the facility will completely eliminate its need for fossil fuel combustion on site. CNY RPDB staff is also continuing to provide the Village of Skaneateles, the City of Cortland, and the City of Oswego with technical assistance for their demonstration projects including construction to develop a net-zero LEED-certified municipal building and upgrades to a municipal wastewater treatment facility. CNY RPDB coordinated with solar contractors to support the launch of the Solarize Madison Initiative, designed to streamline the solar energy installation process in Madison County. Additionally, CNY RPDB is continuing to work with participants of the second round of the Central New York Energy Challenge Team pilot program.

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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 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 Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (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.

Each year, the Innovation Program awards competitive sub-grants to three local governments to support energy efficiency retrofits, measures to introduce alternative-fuel vehicles and fueling systems, vehicle travel reduction projects, transportation efficiency improvements, and feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. One grant is reserved for a local government with a population of less than 10,000 people to ensure expertise is also developed in small Central New York municipalities. Priority is given to environmental justice areas designated by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Innovation Program provides technical assistance to local governments grantees. These grantees are required to develop a climate protection plan, apply for technical assistance through programs offered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and learn how to use no-cost evaluation tools such as ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager. The Innovation Program encourages these governments 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 Innovation Program 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 Innovation 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 2012) Projected Cumulative Results
Annual GHG Reductions 0 mt CO2e 576 mt CO2e
Annual Electricity Savings 0 MWh 4,211 MWh
Local Governments Assisted 8 9

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