The
Village of Kinderhook

VILLAGE OF KINDERHOOK CLIMATE SMART
COMMUNITY TASK FORCE


In June 2016 the Village of Kinderhook approved a resolution to adopt the New York State Climate Smart Community Pledge. The 10 elements of the Pledge commit the village to an evolving process of climate action in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.


What is the Kinderhook Climate Smart Task Force?
The Task Force consists of a small group of community volunteers invited by the village to consider various climate smart initiatives which might be suitable for Kinderhook. The Task Force exists solely as an advisory and informational committee.


What is the mission of the Climate Smart Task Force?
To listen, research and set goals for climate initiatives
To inform and advise village officials and the public
To assist with climate smart innovation projects


How can Climate Smart initiatives assist Kinderhook?

Climate Smart Communities earn points toward certification by documenting the completion of specific climate protection actions. These actions (over 100 specific activities in ten general "high -impact" categories) qualify a community for recognition/certification. Once certified, Kinderhook could be eligible for funding via the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Along the way toward certification funding may be awarded for on-going Climate Smart initiatives. For example, the village may be eligible for almost full funding of the installation of a solar powered automobile charging station in the very near future. Also, many of these high impact activities, such as the adoption of a community green power purchase policy, could result in energy cost savings for village residents.


The Task Force at work:
The Task Force is currently working to achieve a Clean Energy Community designation for the village. This designation will make the village eligible for grants from NYSERDA up to $80,000 and $130,000. In order to do so, the village will need to complete four impact actions.


Thus far in 2017, the Task Force recommended, and the Village Board adopted a Unified Solar Permit. This will streamline the process for village residents seeking to install solar panels for their homes. As a result, the village received a $2,500 grant from NYSERDA. The passage of this resolution also gave the village credit for an impact action prescribed by the Clean Energy Community program.


A second impact action recommended and near completion is the Energy Code Enforcement Training of three municipal officials. Two municipal officials have received the training already. One additional municipal official will do so in the near future.


The Task Force also recommended a third action item, the passage of a Benchmarking resolution. This will provide a means for the Village to track energy costs incurred and greenhouse gas emissions by municipal properties. The reports generated will be used to look into potential clean energy upgrades that will reduce costs and emissions. The Board voted unanimously at the May meeting to adopt this resolution.


Items currently under study are:
• The installation of an Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) in the Village
• The feasibility and potential savings involved in a green power purchase policy for the Village
• A food waste recycling program

 

The Task Force will be establishing additional priorities for climate smart initiatives in the near future.

The Task Force currently consists of five community members:

Warren Applegate

Kim Gray

Aileen Leventon

Bill Mancini

Michael Robbins


Mayor James Dunham and Deputy Mayor Rich Phillips are active participants at all meetings. A senior planner from the Capital District Regional Planning Commission also attends many meetings offering valuable suggestions and assistance.


Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 7PM, in the Village Hall. Meetings are open to the public. To join the Village Task Force or offer suggestions, attend a meeting or call Bill Mancini at 758-9584 or Mayor Dunham, at 758-9882.

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