Geneva celebrates ‘Climate Smart Community’ status as Earth Day approaches

With Earth Day fast approaching, it is time to celebrate being a Climate Smart Community! The City of Geneva is New York’s 18th local government to be designated a Certified Climate Smart Community. New York State recognizes our city’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resiliency. The city of Geneva earned certification points in nearly all 10 Climate Smart Communities Pledge Elements that the program puts forth. A goal of being a Climate Smart Community can be found in our adopted Comprehensive Plan.

We have focused on improvements in the efficiency of its operations that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions and resulted in cost savings. The city conducted detailed energy audits of all its buildings, and Geneva has saved thousands of dollars through use of an energy management system and upgrades to interior lighting and air conditioning units. As part of switching to clean sources of power, Geneva purchased Green-E certified renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset 100 percent of its electricity use in municipal facilities.

As mentioned earlier this year, the City participates in the Energize NY finance program for eligible commercially owned buildings to undertake major energy upgrades and renewable energy projects. There are also upcoming events that align with being a Climate Smart Community, all are welcome to join us for the Arbor Day Celebration on the 24th and for our month-long campaign for May Maintenance Month.

Adam Blowers, City Comptroller and Chair of staff’s “Green Team”, adds “Thank you to the city staff for working through this process and to the Green Committee for supporting our efforts. It is a wonderful achievement and something to be proud of.”

“The City of Geneva appreciated the checklist of actions from this program to help focus our efforts in becoming a more sustainable community. The CSC process was very useful to help us achieve this goal and continue our work being stewards of the environment and our natural setting in Geneva.” Said Ron Alcock, City of Geneva.

Launched in 2014, the Climate Smart Communities Certification Program recognizes local governments that have taken action to reduce emissions and protect their communities from a changing climate.

Visit the City’s website at www.cityofgenevany.com to learn more about the Climate Smart Communities program, May Maintenance Month, and our upcoming Arbor Day Celebration-all contributing to being stewards of the environment. Also, be on the lookout for an upcoming Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center (GNRC) webisode on this very topic.

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