On May 14, the Saranac Lake Village Board voted unanimously to join the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program.
In joining this program, Saranac Lake joined 221 other communities around NYS in leading on climate action, and became one of a few communities in the Adirondacks to participate.
The non-binding program provides pathways for municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make communities more resistant to our changing climate.
Newly-elected Village Trustee Patrick Murphy. who helped move the process forward, will serve as Village Board Liaison on the CSC Task Force, a group of local officials, supporting organizations, and active citizens.
Erin Griffin, employee of The Wild Center and Village resident, was appointed to the position of CSC Coordinator. Through her work with The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, her contacts with the CSC state office and experience with local student leaders, she is expected to provide support and help to coordinate the local effort.
Next steps for the initiative include convening the CSC Task Force, officially registering with the CSC program, and analyzing a list of priority actions the Village will work to complete.
For more information on the CSC program click here.