East Hampton Town has announced that it has become the first to be certified under the New York State Climate Smart Communities Program, which recognizes its efforts to become more resilient to the effects of climate change, including sea level rise and extreme weather.
To date, more than 170 communities, representing 6.6 million New Yorkers have committed to acting on climate change through the program. The goals of the program are to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for the impact of climate change while saving taxpayers money.
East Hampton first adopted the pledge to become a Climate Smart Community in 2009 and the pledge was reaffirmed in 2010. The town’s Department of Natural Resources led the efforts to document actions that have been implemented in an effort to achieve certification.
“The town is experiencing a changing coast line and scientists are improving their modeling to demonstrate that we need to prepare to mitigate and adapt to climate change,” said Supervisor Larry Cantwell in a press release. “By becoming a certified community, the town becomes eligible for unique funding opportunities that will put forth new technologies and methods to adapt and become more resilient.”