Tom Paino, CSC Chair *
Debra Gitterman, Village Board Liaison
Brian Johnson, Village Board Liaison
* 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.