Philipstown Conducting Climate Survey

Asks residents to share data to target emissions

Philipstown’s Climate Smart Task Force would like residents to respond to an online survey to measure the town’s “carbon footprint.”

The results will help the committee estimate the amount of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that contribute to global warming that Philipstown households emit. Measuring emissions is part of the requirement for Philipstown to be certified by the state as a Climate Smart Community, which gives it priority for grants.

The survey, which can be accessed at bit.ly/Ptownsurvey or through climatesmartphilipstown.org, asks about household behaviors and purchases. Using the data, the town will set targets to reduce emissions, explained Roberto Muller, the coordinator for Climate Smart Philipstown.

Each participant will be entered into a raffle to win prizes from local businesses, he said. The committee is partnering for the survey with the Ecological Citizen’s Project and the U.S. chapter of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability).