A task force that is pursuing certification for Dutchess County in the state’s Climate Smart Communities program will hold its first quarterly meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Department of Planning and Development, 85 Civic Center Plaza, in Poughkeepsie.

The committee has eight members appointed by County Executive Marc Molinaro and eight appointed by Gregg Pulver, chair of the county Legislature. They include Audrey Friedrichsen of Scenic Hudson and Melisa Everett of Sustainable Hudson Valley.

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