Climate Smart Community

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.

Philmont’s Climate Smart Task Force:

Tom Paino | CSC Chair *
Brian Johnson & Debra Gitterman | CSC Coordinators
Elizabeth Angello
Ruth Bruns
Sarah Barton-King
Candace Christiansen
Tomoko Gurbo
Walter Gurbo
Arthur King
Susan Michie
Walter Personette

* 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.


Mission Statement

Coming soon…


Work completed

Resolution #2, 2021 | Philmont Creates the Climate Smart Communities Task Force

MARCH 24, 2021 At the regular monthly workshop meeting of the Village of Philmont Board, held via video and teleconference, ...

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 ...

Philmont Adopts the New York State Stretch Energy Code

AUGUST 9, 2021 Learn about the NYS StretchEnergy Code here ...

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 ...

Updated History—Dec 2021

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

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 ...

Resolution #2, 2021 to establish a Philmont Climate Smart Communities Task Force, March 24, 2021

Climate Smart Communities in NY

NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities