Fall 2016    
Clean Energy Communities News 
Moving our communities toward sustainability.

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Director's Corner
New Program Provides Rewards For Clean Energy Actions By Communities  

By Todd Fabozzi /  Dir ector of Sustainability, CDRPC, todd@cdrpc.org

Welcome to the first edition of our Clean Energy Communities newsletter.   I'm Todd Fabozzi,  Director of Sustainability for the Capital District Regional Planning Commission and Director of the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program for the Eastern New York Territory.  CDRPC  is a regional planning and resource cente r serving the upstate New York counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady since 1967. We are honored to be the recipient of a NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program grant to serve as the manager of the Eastern Upstate New York Territory.

Meet Your Clean Energy Communities Coordinators

 Clean Energy Communities Coordinators   
From left: Dan Sullivan, Jamie Rogers, Robyn Reynolds and Carla Castillo

High-Impact Clean Energy Actions in Our Communities

In each edition of this e-newsletter, we'll focus on two communities that are working on energy efficiency,  renewable energy and sustainability.  This time, our spotlight is on Cooperstown and New Rochelle. 

Cooperstown is a small village making a big impact. For Lou Allstadt, a trustee and climate activist who calls the Otsego County village of 2,000 home, a point of pride is that the municipality has made the business case for energy efficiency. As one of New York State's 190 Climate Smart Communities, the Village has taken a host of actions toward sustainability, and is now deciding how to translate these accomplishments into Clean Energy Communities High Impact Actions.
"We've been very careful to ensure that  the energy sa ving projects  we un der tak e   have both  cost savings  and  reduc e  greenhouse gas emissions", says Allstadt, a former Mobil Oil executive.

Funding On The Street

Municipal Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Rebate Program Now Open

Three million dollars are available from the New York State Department of Environment Conservation through Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund for rebates for the purchase or lease (for at least 36 months) of eligible clean vehicles, and for installation of eligible infrastructure which supports public use of clean vehicles. The primary purpose of a rebate-eligible facility must be the charging or fueling of clean vehicles by the public. Vehicles must be purchased or leased from a dealership located within New York State.

The 2016 Request for Applications for the Municipal ZEV and ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program is available through the  NYS Grants Gateway. Applications for this round will be accepted until funds are exhausted, or through March 31, 2017, whichever comes first. Application instructions can be found HERE .

Grant categories and rebate limits are as follows:

Applications due 12/31/16 and 3/31/17 

Upcoming Events

November 9, 10:30-11:45 AM  
Webinar: Clean Fleets: An Achievable High Impact Action For Your Community. Location: Online.  REGISTER HERE

November 16, 2:00-4:00 PM
Workshop: Property Assessed Clean Energy: A New Economic Development Tool For Local Governments.
Location: Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, 26 West Main St., Mohawk, NY 13407. Information and registration:  pat@courtneystrong.com

Please also see the NYSERDA Calendar for sustainability events around New York State.