Climate Smart Community

Upcoming Events

Task Force:

Tom Paino, CSC Chair *
Debra Gitterman, Village Board Liaison
Brian Johnson, Village Board Liaison
Elizabeth Angello
Sarah Barton-King
Candace Christiansen
Tomoko Gurbo
Walter Gurbo
Allison Hoppe
Arthur King
Susan Michie
Andrew Personette
Mark Rowntree
John Vitell

* 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.


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.

Mission Statement

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Online Resources


Work completed
Philmont is a Regional Leader in NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Community Program

Philmont is a Regional Leader in NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Community Program

Having received credit for our LED streetlight conversion and EV charging station, Philmont recently surpassed 3000 Points in trhr NYSERDA ...
Tom Paino Wins 2022 Local Champions Grant

Tom Paino Wins 2022 Local Champions Grant

CONGRATULATIONS to Philmont's Climate Smart Task Force Coordinator, Tom Paino, and to Philmont for Tom's acceptance in this year's Local ...
Save 10% on Your Electric Bill

Save 10% on Your Electric Bill

You can save up to 10% on your electric bill and receive a signup bonus by enrolling in Solarize Claverack, ...
EARTH DAY: Philmont Climate Smart Light Bulb Exchange Program

EARTH DAY: Philmont Climate Smart Light Bulb Exchange Program

FREE LED LIGHT BULB EXCHANGE FOR PHILMONT RESIDENTS. EARTH DAY—FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 1-4:00 PM OUTSIDE THE PHILMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY. BRING ...
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Possible Future Climate Smart Actions

electric vehicle demonstration events,energy efficient building construction training,solar installation for both individuals and community,agricultural carbon sequestration,community composting and recycling, andmicro/hydro ...
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History of the Philmont Climate Smart Community Program—Updated Dec 2021

The following is a chronology of Philmont’s participation in both programs (dates are approximate): March 2019 – Designated Clean Energy ...
Philmont Switches to LED Streetlights!

Philmont Switches to LED Streetlights!

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 To save the village money and reduce our carbon footprint, on September 15, 2021, Philmont's streetlights were ...
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Philmont Adopts the New York State Stretch Energy Code

AUGUST 9, 2021 Learn about the NYS StretchEnergy Code here ...
Philmont Installs an Electric Car Charging Station at the Philmont Library

Philmont Installs an Electric Car Charging Station at the Philmont Library

JULY 29, 2021 Did you know that we have an electric car charging station in the Village of Philmont? Our ...