What is a Climate Smart Community?
North East and Millerton are a jointly registered New York State Climate Smart Community, committed to a resilient and sustainable future.
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 warming climate. The CSC program was launched in 2009 as an interagency initiative of New York State. The CSC program is jointly sponsored by six New York State agencies including the DEC and NYSERDA.
Who we are
In 2018, the Town of North East and the Village of Millerton each signed a pledge, along with hundreds of other municipalities around New York State, to develop community-wide climate mitigation strategies and improve sustainability. A Climate Smart Task Force was assembled and is initiating projects that will build environmental and economic resiliency: Chris Kennan, Town of North East Supervisor; Matthew Hartzog, Village of Millerton Trustee; Kathy Chow, Task Force Coordinator; Jennifer Dowley, Laurie Kerr, Rhiannon Leo-Jameson, Claire Owens, Tom Parrett, Eliot Ramos, Rich Stalzer, Andrew Stayman, and Chris Virtuoso.
“The Climate Smart Community initiative holds such promise for our Village and Town. There are multiple grants available to help us find ways to decrease our energy expenses, increase economic opportunities, and preserve the environment that we all hold dear.”
—Chris Kennan, Town of North East Supervisor, and Debbie Middlebrook, Village of Millerton Mayor
We partner with local and regional organizations including the Millerton Library, North East Community Center, Housatonic Valley Association, Cary Institute, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Webutuck Central School District, and neighboring towns, villages, and schools.
Meetings take place monthly at Town Hall (and Zoom) every third Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Contact us if you’d like to join a meeting.