On Becoming Nature’s Best Hope – Climate Smart Communities

The Poughkeepsie Public Library hosts a series inspired by Doug Tallamy’s book Nature’s Best Hope. The series examines Tallamy’s research and applies it to our region and our private properties.

The first event is discusses what a Climate Smart Community initiative is. Guest: Susan Karnes Hecht, Town of Poughkeepsie Climate Smart Community Task Force.

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Town of Poughkeepsie Climate Smart Communities Task Force

Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.  The original focus of the program was on encouraging local governments to commit to act on climate change by passing a resolution containing the CSC Pledge. The certification program was added in 2014 and provides specific guidance on how to implement the pledge. Certified communities are leaders, going beyond the pledge by completing and documenting a suite of actions that mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local level. Communities earn points toward certification for each action they complete. In addition to accumulating points, each community must complete a number of mandatory and priority actions at each level of certification.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Review response to initial application
  • Update on Community Solar Campaign
  • Update on Clean Energy Communities
  • Update on county-wide composting discussion
  • Update on NRI/Open Space Plan
  • Zoom arrangements going forward

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Town of Poughkeepsie: Natural Resource Inventory and Open Space Plan

The Town of Poughkeepsie has initiated the development of a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) and Open Space Plan. The purpose of the public workshop will be to present the NRI component of the project. The workshop will include a presentation featuring an overview of the purpose, scope, and schedule of the project as well as the draft mapping.

The public will have the opportunity to participate in live polling as well as a Q&A session. The information gathered from this activity will be used to help inform the preparation of the NRI. Following the event, the presentation and materials will be posted to the project website.

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