News in Cortland NY

Climate Action Plan Under Review by Council

The Central Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) and the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) will conduct a workshop on the City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) on April 22, 2014 at 6 PM in City Hall.  A Public Hearing is scheduled for May 6.  Work on the CAP began in 2010, when the City was selected by CNY RPDB as one of 7 municipalities to receive federal funding for this project.

The foundation of the CAP is an inventory conducted in 2012 that detailed energy use - and the sources and amount of GHG emissions from Cortland Municipal operations and the City at large - for the baseline year of 2010.  In 2013, data obtained from this inventory was analyzed by CNY RPDB, using software developed nationally for this purpose, to identify various strategies that local communities might use to achieve GHG reductions.  Meanwhile, the City embarked on a demonstration project involving upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

CNY RPDB staff then worked with the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) to select strategies from the broad range of options identified by the software that would achieve desired deductions, given local conditions.  During this phase of the process, the EAC also reached out to key local organizations for their opinions.

Once adopted by the Council, the CAP will function as a blueprint for specific initiatives going forward.  The plan articulates a vision rather than locking the City  into inflexible targets.  As a “work in progress,” it will need to be revised periodically, as new technologies and opportunities become available.  Having an adopted plan such as this increases the likelihood of receiving future state and federal grants.

The draft CAP identifies six general emission reduction goals, in four categories:

The Plan identifies 20 specific implementation strategies that relate to these six general emission reduction goals.

See the Complete Updated Climate Action Plan