Philipstown Gets Climate Smart Grants

Will help town achieve certification

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded Philipstown two grants worth a total of $16,670 for its Climate Smart Communities initiative.

The awards were part of $7.3 million in grants announced on Dec. 18 for municipalities around the state to support climate-change adaptation, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and assistance in becoming state-certified as Climate Smart Communities.

One grant will help Philipstown complete several actions, including resiliency planning, as it works toward being certified as a Climate Smart Community, the DEC said. The goal of the project is to determine the best strategies to mitigate the town’s contribution to climate change and adapt to its effects.

The second grant will pay for an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions that the town can use to set emission reduction targets as part of its climate action plan.

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