Climate Smart and Green Jobs Community Task Force Subcommittees
Ensure that overarching economic and environmental goals are integrated with job development. Identify opportunities to incorporate climate protection, sustainability and environmental goods and service industries into economic development plans. Consider how energy conservation programs or renewable energy development will provide opportunities for local job creation.
Planning for Climate Change
Evaluate risks from unavoidable climate change, set adaptation goals and plan for adaptation. Execute climate change adaptation and preparedness measures through local government planning, development, and operation, giving priority to the highest risk areas.
Reduce sprawl, preserve and protect open space, biodiversity, and water supplies; promote compact, transit-oriented, bikeable and walkable communities; promote infill development, minimize new development in floodplains; maintain or establish healthy community forests; and promote best forest management practices and encourage tree planting, especially along waterways and streets, to increase shading and to absorb carbon dioxide.
Reduce electricity use; incorporate energy efficient technologies and operations and maintenance practices; identify opportunities for conservation and efficiency retrofits; improve the average fuel efficiency of local government fleet vehicles.
Supply as much of the local government’s power, heat, and hot water needs as possible from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
Recycling and Solid Waste
Expand the “reduce, reuse, recycle” approach to waste management in local government operations and in the community.
If you are interested in participating in one or more of these subcommittees please contact Rich Schiafo at 845-334-3925, [email protected]