Philmont Is a Climate Smart Community

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Philmont Climate Smart Task Force is to take the actions designated by New York State to help Philmont reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to reduce climate change and help New York State meet its climate goals.


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Columbia County Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Plan Survey

Philmont and all Columbia County residents, you’re invited to take a PUBLIC SURVEY! Columbia County is creating a Climate Change ...

Tom Paino Presents on behalf of Philmont for the Local Champions Program | April 27, 2023

Thank you, Tom Paino, for your time and dedication to this program and to Philmont! Watch all the presentations from ...
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Energy Study of Philmont Village Hall & Community Center Completed

READ THE REPORTS Village Hall & Office Energy Report Community Center Report Read more about the program and the grant ...

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Members of the Climate Smart Task Force:

  • Tom Paino, CSC Chair *
  • Debra Gitterman, Village Board Liaison
  • Brian Johnson, Village Board Liaison
  • Sarah Barton-King
  • Allison Hoppe
  • Arthur King
  • Susan Michie
  • Andrew Personette
  • Michael Seserman

* Tom Paino has a career background in sustainable architecture. He was sustainability director for NYC’s Department of Design and Construction, responsible for meeting the city’s goals to reduce building generated carbon emissions through policy protocols & implementation. He also attended the 2015 Paris Climate Accord participating in the eight-day symposium on reducing climate emissions in buildings and infrastructure.

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Clean Energy and Climate Smart Community Programs

As a contributor to the global effort to address greenhouse gas emissions as well as reduce municipal energy costs, since 2016 the Village of Philmont has participated in two overlapping New York State programs that mitigate climate change disruptions:

  • Clean Energy Community (CEC), administered by Capitol District Regional Planning Commission and funded through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. This program offers a framework to implement energy saving measures, funds specifically defined initiatives, and provides technical assistance.
  • Climate Smart Community (CSC) administered by Capitol District Regional Planning Commission and supported through mixed funding sources. Once a municipality “pledges” to participate in the mission, the program offers guidance to develop a framework for actions and measures, provides funding through a credit and point system as well as measure-specific grants, and gives technical assistance. Philmont took the Climate Smart Communities pledge in March 2018. View the Certification Assessment | Actions to achieve Certification and Bronze Status in the Climate Smart Community Program.

Online Resources


Climate Smart Committee:

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Winter Village Laws: No on-street parking from midnight to 6am, Dec. 1 - Apr. 1. Sidewalks that are not cleared of snow and ice 24 hours after a storm will be cleared by the village at a cost of $2 a linear foot to the property owner of the adjoining premise. Read the local laws.

Register Your Rental Property or Vacant Building with the Philmont Buildings Department.
  

To Speak at Village Board Meetings: Remember to sign up before noon the Friday before by
emailing [email protected], calling (518) 672-7032, or stopping by the Village office.

Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution | 2023

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