Climate

Climate Smart Community

Irvington received the New York State Bronze level Climate Smart Community Certification on March 4, 2021.

"New York State's Climate Smart Communities program supports municipal efforts to meet the economic, social, and environmental challenges posed by climate change. The village of Irvington completed 17 actions to achieve bronze-level certification, including a flood mitigation plan covering all local waterbodies and an energy audit of the historic village hall building. Irvington, as part of the Sustainable Westchester consortium, also implemented a community choice aggregation program in 2016 to reduce energy costs and prioritize purchase of renewable power for its residents." - NY DEC

Irvington is joining its neighboring Rivertown villages of Dobbs Ferry and Hastings-on-Hudson in this important endeavor. 277 Registered communities, impacting more than 8MM NYS residents have made a commitment to act by passing the CSC pledge. Certified communities are the foremost leaders in the state.

The overall goal for this program is to:

Reduce GHG emissions
Save Taxpayers money
Build a more resilient & attractive place to live
Provide municipalities with a robust framework to guide their local climate action
Demonstrate and recognize leadership on climate action
Offer concrete actions that addresses increased awareness and concern about climate change from village residents
Address growing concern and activism of children in our village and beyond
Make Irvington better positioned for funding/grants- DEC & other NYS grants. DF received $300k grants aided by their CSC performance. $11 m available to certified communities.

For more information on the program you can go to: https://climatesmart.ny.gov or reach out to Village Administrator, Larry Schopfer.


Did you know?

Idling Laws

Westchester County has enacted an Anti-Idling Law to prohibit the idling of vehicles for more than three consecutive minutes.

Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more emissions that contribute to smog and climate change than stopping and restarting your engine does. Personal vehicles generate around 30 million tons of CO2 every year just by idling https://afdc.energy.gov/files/u/publication/idling_personal_vehicles.pdf