Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that supports local governments in leading their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change, and thrive in a green economy.  UBRI is part of a statewide technical assistance network supporting municipal participation in the program. Our team is conducting outreach and offering hands-on technical assistance to communities in Erie and Niagara counties. The CSC program is one of the programs identified in the One Region Forward plan for sustainable development to help address climate change at the local level.

To learn how your community can get involved with the Climate Smart Communities program, please contact UBRI’s Sustainability and Resiliency Planner, Matt Bourke, at (716) 878-2439.

About the program

Climate Smart Communities (CSC) helps local governments plan and act for long-term resiliency. Benefits of participating include leadership recognition, free technical assistance, and access to grants. Local governments participate by signing a voluntary pledge and using the CSC framework to guide progress toward creating attractive, healthy, and equitable places to live, work, and play.

Communities can choose among over 100 climate mitigation and adaptation actions to complete, earning points for each. Program actions include creating a climate action plan, installing green infrastructure to prevent flooding, conducting a natural resource inventory, and many more across a variety of topic areas. Bronze, silver, or gold-level certifications are rewarded based on the number of points a community earns through the program.

For more information, including participating communities and a description of program actions, visit climatesmart.ny.gov

UBRI’s Technical Assistance Options

Program navigation

Program navigation

We will help you navigate the program, explore opportunities that work for your community, set out a manageable workplan, and connect you to resources.

Hands-on support

Hands-on support

For time-consuming or technical tasks, we’re here to provide hands on support to help you get the work done.

Training and education

Training and education

We host regular training and education programs to support informed decision-making around climate resiliency in your community.

The One Region Forward Learning Series is part of ongoing efforts to support local action around the plan’s vision. Each session focuses on a topic related to One Region Forward’s implementation agenda and includes information, resources, and case studies on how ideas can move into implementation at the local level. You can view all past events here.

Project development support

Project development support

As you look to develop projects, we can help strategize effective opportunities and support grant award applications. UBRI’s association with the School of Architecture and Planning offers many opportunities for student projects to support local work.

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