About Climate Smart Communities
Here at New Paltz Climate Smart, to help the broader community act, local governments can enable climate-smart practices through land use plans, zoning and building codes and efficient transportation policies. A key local government role is leading, educating and setting an example of energy efficiency and adaptation.
Minimize the greenhouse gas impact of new development. Update or adopt community plans, land-use policies, building codes, and multi-modal transportation actions to reduce sprawl, vehicle miles traveled, and protect open lands, wetlands and forests.
Host events, organize educational programs, and support websites and social media outlets that publicize local government commitment to reducing energy use; saving tax dollars, reducing, reusing, and recycling materials; and adapting to a changing climate.
Monitor and report on progress toward achieving goals. Be willing to consider new ideas and adjust existing approaches. Ensure strategies and plans are up to date. Compare successes and cooperate with neighboring communities. Maintain involvement of stakeholders.