Climate Smart Community Task Force

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Bob Dandrew, Chair
Jill Berman
Mallory Mort
Karen Mort
David Newman

Ghent Climate Smart meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month via Xoom at 6:30pm. Email committee chair Bob Dandrew for the link: [email protected].

Meeting Minutes

December 2022, January and February 2023

Annual Energy Benchmarking Report

This annual report is used to track municipal buildings’ energy performance and is created in compliance with a passed Resolution on October 20, 2016.

Download the Following Reports

Learn about our newest initiative:

Download Information about Recycling

Follow the Ghent Climate Smart Community Task Force on Instagram.

Goals and Projects

In 2015, the Town of Ghent joined the Climate Smart Community program administered by the NYS Department of Conservation’s Office of Climate Change and pledged to become a Climate Smart Community. This year, the Town formed the Climate Smart Community Task Force to serve as the central body to promote and support climate mitigation, adaptation, and education in the community, and advise the Town Board on plans, programs, and activities that are part of the Climate Smart Community Program. The CSC Task Force is currently working to become a Bronze Certified Community. You can find more information about this program here.

Go to Dropbox to see our local reports and plans, including reports on progress made toward achieving the targets and goals of the plan.

How You Can Participate in Town Climate Actions

Residents and businesses in Ghent can participate in efforts led by the Town to reduce GHG emissions and build community resilience to climate change. Current ways to participate are:

Choose Community Solar and sign up to participate in a community solar program!

Check back here for additional community events and programs, or subscribe to the Town email and get information about these events and more.

What You Can Do On Your Own

Want to do more? Visit the links below to find out what residents and businesses can do to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Below is a list of ways to start from the National Park Service. Click here for more details from the National Park Service.

  • Get a home energy audit
  • Use renewable energy
  • Purchase solar panels
  • Buy “green tags”
  • Purchase carbon offsets
  • Adjust your thermostat
  • Install solar lights
  • Use energy saving light bulbs
  • Look for the Energy Star label
  • Reduce use of energy reliant products
  • Install tankless water heaters
  • Wash clothes in cold or warm water
  • Line-dry clothes
  • Plant a native garden
  • Use non-toxic household products
  • Get your family involved

For more information from the EPA on ways organizations can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, click here.

Learn More about Climate Change in New York

What is NY doing about Climate Change?
New York State programs and policies related to climate change.

Climate Change 101
Places to look for further information on climate change

Impacts of Climate Change in New York
Information on climate change impacts, including sea-level rise and health, in New York.

Adaptation to Climate Change
How New York is strengthening its resilience to extreme events and preparing to cope with changing conditions across the state.

Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report
Information about New York’s Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Climate Smart Communities Program
Making communities climate smart, through local action and regional sustainability planning.