New York Governor: $3.5 Million to Support Local Climate Action

Governor Cuomo Announces $3.5 Million Now Available to Support Local Climate Action

New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new initiative designed to accelerate action on climate change by making $3.5 million available for contractors to provide technical assistance to municipalities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.  Selected contractors, called Climate Leadership Coordinators, will support climate action at the local level through outreach, education, planning, capacity-building, and assistance with project implementation.

“This initiative demonstrates New York’s commitment to supporting local efforts to meet the significant environmental challenges posed by climate change,” said Governor Cuomo.  “Local governments are critical partners in meeting the State’s ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reductions required by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.  New York State continues to support the meaningful steps municipalities are taking to adapt to climate change while improving quality of life for local residents.”

“Creating a cleaner, greener future starts at the local level,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.  “That’s why as part of our nation-leading climate agenda we are working with local officials to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive down energy costs and build resiliency against the threat of climate change.”

The State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking proposals for Climate Leadership Coordinators who will serve as strategic planning agents to guide local governments in the development of successful local climate action programs. 

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