Climate Smart Community
Irvington received the New York State Bronze level Climate Smart Community Certification on March 4, 2021. We are currentlly working towards Silver status.
"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.
Irvington is joining 8 other Westchester municipalities to complete a Climate Action Plan with the help of CAPI, the Climate Action Planning Institute and ICLEI, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.
The first meeting was held Feb 2, 2023 and the process will take place over 16 months.