Reminder: Climate Smart Communities Conference, 9/25/15




The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Mid-Hudson Regional Coordinator & Orange County are co-hosting the CSC Conference on Friday, September 25, 2015. At the CSC Conference municipal leaders, staff, volunteers, State officials, and community stakeholders will learn about best practices, resources, tools, and New York State programs available to support local clean energy and climate protection intiatives. The CSC Conference will be a full-day event, curated by the CSC Mid-Hudson Regional Coordinator with up to 150 participants and will be held at the State University of New York (SUNY) Newburgh. Reserve your seat and spend a day networking with peers and learning about resources to help your community achieve CSC program goals:

» Reduce GHG Emissions

» Prepare for Climate Change Impacts

» Increase Renewable Energy Resources

» Save Taxpayer Dollars

The CSC Conference speakers have developed sessions that highlight projects and resources that align with the eligibility requirements for Cleaner, Greener Communities funding Category 2.  Join us at the Conference to learn from CSCs who can share their experience and lessons learned so that your local government can take advantage of funding opportunities and achieve CSC program goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions, save tax payer dollars, and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. Please contact for more information.


  •  Jared Snyder – Assistant Commissioner for Air Resources, Office of Climate and Energy, NYSDEC
  •  Kelly Tyler – Director of Communities and Local Government, NYSERDA
  •  Mark Lowery – Climate Policy Analyst, Office of Climate Change, NYSDEC
  •  David Church – Commissioner of Planning, Orange County



Establishing Fleet Efficiency Policies

Adam Ruder, ChargeNY, NYSERDA

Amanda LaValle, Ulster County Department of the Environment


GHG Inventories & Climate Action Planning

Ana Hagerup, Sustainability Planner, VHB

Kari Hewitt, Director of Sustainability, VHB


Community Solar Programs

Max Joel, Community Solar, NYSERDA

Elizabeth Broad, Solarize Hudson Valley

Nina Orville, Solarize Westchester


Establishing Green Building Codes

Brad Tito, Communities & Local Governments, NYSERDA


Five Cities Energy Plan

Jesse Scott, Program Manager, NYPA


Kickstarting Clean Energy PACE Projects

Elyssa Rothe, Energy Improvement Corporation

Michael D’Arcy, RUPCO Outreach Coordinator, NYSERDA

Kate Schmidt, Orange County Land Use Planner and Sustainability Coordinator


Developing Community Microgrids

John Saintcross, NY Prize, NYSERDA

Jason Valenstein, Booz Allen Hamilton

Jordan Gerow, Pace University

Mike Gordon, Co-Chair, Sustainable Westchester


Creating Climate Resilient Waterfronts

Libby Zemaitis, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYSDEC

Sacha Spector, Scenic Hudson

Julie Noble, CSC Coordinator, City of Kingston


We hope you can join us on September 25, 2015 for a day of networking with your peers and learning about climate mitigation and adaptation resources or strategies to help your community achieve CSC program goals.