Climate Action Plan

Brief
Partly in response to efforts made by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, a draft of this report was created to outline strategic actions geared toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to promote the adoption of sustainable energy alternatives within a local municipality in response to the impending consequences of anthropogenic climate change.

Objective
To outline potential projects and policies that seek to limit emissions, mitigate the negative side-effects of global climate change, and improve the quality of life for local residents.

Role
Project Type

Affiliation
Timeframe
Lead
Research, Planning
Clarkstown Planning Department
January 2018 -- Ongoing


The creation of a Climate Action Plan for the Town of Clarkstown not only addresses environmental protection, as a way to mitigate further climate disruption, but also seeks ways to produce energy savings and advance community goals for public health and safety. 

Outlined within this municipal climate action plan are a variety of projects and policy proposals that are designed to guide local actions in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and improve the town’s ability to withstand the now unavoidable effects of climate change. These negative effects pose a significant risk to a variety of community concerns, taking the form of severe flooding, coastal erosion, extreme temperatures, or debilitating power outages due to a general increase in the severity and frequency of storm events.


While reducing GHG emissions is the main objective of this plan, the projects and policies that support it are also designed to improve the lives of local residents. In exploring viable alternatives to current methods and technologies, these initiatives not only work to mitigate the negative effects of climate change, they also work to promote economic prosperity and improve quality of life for all.


© 2018 J.D.R.