Climate Smart Kingston
Climate Smart Kingston Vision and Mission
Adopted March 30, 2016
The City of Kingston will be a ‘Model City’ of energy, environmental and economic sustainability by 2020 within city government operations and throughout the community.
The City of Kingston will become a Model Sustainable City by:
• Reducing overall energy consumption, improving air quality and the quality of life through energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy
• Encouraging mixed use development; minimizing sprawl
• Shifting to modes of transportation that are less dependent on fossil fuels
• Reducing waste
• Collaborating with city employees, businesses and residents to achieve our vision
• Preparing for climate change
• Leading by example and inspiring others
• Measuring and monitoring our progress
• Maximizing economic opportunities for the local workforce
• Being good stewards of public dollars
• Being inclusive of all sectors of the population
The City of Kingston is a Climate Smart Community, along with 145 others throughout the state. Kingston is actively engaged in the Department of Environmental Conservation's Climate Smart Communities Program. Climate Smart Kingston convenes about 6 times per year to strategize, plan, and implement the goals of Kingston's Climate Action Plan.
Since 2009, the Climate Smart and Green Jobs Task Force (now Climate Smart Kingston) has been an advocate for citywide sustainability, energy-efficiency and quality-of-life for Kingston residents.
See what Kingston has achieved, with collaborative efforts of Climate Smart Kingston and City government: Kingston Community Sustainability Profile
In 2014, the participants of Climate Smart Kingston, along with the Mayor decided that this group and the city would be well-served by a transition from a task force to an advisory committee under the appointment of the Mayor. The Common Council agreed, resolving so in Resolution #120 of 2014 and now a new 11-member committee called the Climate Smart Kingston Commission has been established to prioritize energy and sustainability initiatives particularly as outlined in Kingston’s Climate Action Plan, to engage community stakeholders and act as a resource to support climate smart decisions.
On February 5th, 2016 the Mayor appointed the Climate Smart Kingston Commission. This Commission will be led by Julie Noble, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator and Climate Smart Community Coordinator, for the City of Kingston. The Climate Smart Kingston Commissioners, whose term is from January 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2017 include:
Patrice Courtney Strong
Suzanne Cahill, Planning Director
Brenna Robinson, Community and Economic Development Director
Julie Noble, Parks and Recreation Department, Sustainability Coordinator
Alderman at Large James Noble or Designee
Ralph Swenson, City Engineer or Designee
Joe Chenier, DPW Superintendent or Designee
New York State Assemblyman Cahill's Office Designee
The Commission met for the first time on March 30th, 2016. At this meeting the commission established a formal meeting schedule, vision, mission, goals, and focus areas.
2017 Climate Smart Kingston Commission Meetings
All Climate Smart Kingston Commission meetings are open to the public. The Commission will meet the 4th Wednesday of each month, at Kingston City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 4:30-6:00pm.
Kingston Certified Bronze Climate Smart Community, One of Only Two in NYS
In the Spring and Summer of 2013, Kingston participated in the Climate Smart Communities Certification Program Pilot. As one of 8 communities throughout the state participating, Kingston was able to conduct a self-guided evaluation of our local climate actions as a means towards measuring and ranking Kingston's efforts towards sustainability among it's peer communities. The CSC Certification Program is designed to support municipal efforts to meet economic, social and environmental challenges posed by climate change. Six CSCs achieved certification during the pilot of the certification manual: the City of Watervliet, Albany County; the City of Albany, Albany County; the Town of Cortlandt, Westchester County; Orange County; the Village of Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County; and the City of Kingston, Ulster County. A ranking of Bronze demonstrates Kingston's commitment to and leadership in the area of sustainability.
Listing files in 'Climate Smart Kingston Documents'
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