Central New York Regional Consortium Receives $1 Million for Cleaner, Greener Communities Regional Sustainability Planning

June 25, 2012

ALBANY – A coalition of Central New York counties, towns and organizations has received $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create a comprehensive smart growth plan for regional sustainability. This plan is part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program, a major environmental initiative announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last year.

The coalition, comprised of Cayuga County, Cortland County, Madison County, Onondaga County, Oswego County, City of Syracuse, City of Oswego, City of Auburn, Town of Dewitt, Town of Skaneateles, Town of Cazenovia, Town of Preble, Village of Skaneateles, and Village of Fayetteville will develop a smart growth plan that encompasses the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) area. The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) will lead the planning process for the region.

“Cleaner, Greener Communities recognizes that sustainability has many interlocking facets that all are vital to economic growth,” said Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President of Syracuse University and Co-Chair of the Central New York REDC. “Our regional strategies to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency, for example, are interwoven with sparking entrepreneurship and improving community health. It's the integration of strategies in this way--and the collaboration of partners from every sector--that actually makes development sustainable in the long term.”

“Sustainable development is critical to the long term growth and prosperity of our region. The Central New York REDC is excited to work with this coalition of municipalities to develop and implement the Regional Sustainability Plan, helping to meet the priority goals of the REDC strategic plan,” said Robert M. Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and Co-Chair of the Central New York REDC. “A coordinated plan for regional sustainability will help us meet the priority goals of the REDC strategic plan, including: strengthening key industry concentrations that leverage our unique economic assets, such as renewable energy and environmental systems and revitalizing our urban cores, main streets, and neighborhoods.”

The development of a comprehensive regional sustainability plan is the first phase of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program and is intended to provide resources that each New York State region can use to develop its own vision, goals and objectives for a sustainable future, identify actions needed to achieve that future and outline metrics to measure success. Only one award was made in each region of the state.

“This funding is an excellent opportunity for the Central New York Region to develop a plan that improves environmental quality by reducing air, water and land pollution and improves quality of life through smart growth and sustainable development,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, all New Yorkers will benefit, as the regional plans will examine each region’s available resources and provide a specific vision to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

“Onondaga County is pleased to participate in this important regional initiative,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. “It will enhance the County’s sustainability efforts, which include the Save the Rain Program and Sustainable Development Plan as well as generate new ideas to reduce environmental impacts while creating jobs for our local communities.”

“The City’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is eager to work with our regional partners to develop a comprehensive sustainable growth plan that will benefit Central New York’s urban, suburban and rural communities,” said Stephanie A. Miner, City of Syracuse Mayor. “NYSERDA’s support will help our region pursue our shared environmental and economic development goals.”

“The Town of Dewitt has pursued a number of sustainability endeavors in recent years such as adopting a Sustainability Policy and installing a large solar energy system at Town Hall, and we look forward to working with other municipalities in Central New York to identify shared challenges and opportunities,” said Edward Michalenko, Dewitt Town Supervisor.

Once the plan is developed, additional funding will be available from the Cleaner, Greener Communities program on a competitive basis to implement projects that support the goals of the plans. Projects must create opportunities for achieving carbon reductions, energy efficiency savings and/or renewable energy deployment while enhancing job creation, economic investment and development consistent with the region’s sustainability and REDC strategic plan.

“Central New York’s communities have already demonstrated extraordinary leadership in promoting sustainable development and clean renewable sources of energy, with model projects installed or underway in each of the region’s five counties. With support from NYSERDA, the Regional Sustainability Plan will provide information and guidance to allow the region’s communities to implement specific projects that provide the greatest opportunities for achieving carbon reductions, energy efficiency savings, and renewable energy deployment consistent with statewide energy and climate goals and the strategic plan adopted by the Central New York REDC in 2011,” said David V. Bottar, Executive Director of the CNY RPDB.

For further information on the Central New York sustainability growth planning process, please contact: Chris Carrick, CNY RPDB Energy Program Manager at (315) 422-8276 or ccarrick@cnyrpdb.org.

Last Updated: 11/26/2014


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