The Cleaner, Greener Communities program was announced by Governor Cuomo in his 2011 State of the State address as a $100 million competitive grant program to encourage communities to develop regional sustainable growth strategies. The Regional Sustainability Planning program is the first stage of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program and is intended to provide the necessary resources for each region in New York State, as defined by the boundaries of the Regional Economic Development Councils, to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan. The plans that result from this program will:
- Establish a statewide sustainability planning framework that will aid in statewide infrastructure investment decision making
- Outline specific and tangible actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with a goal of 80% carbon reductions by the year 2050
- Inform municipal land use policies
- Serve as a basis for local government infrastructure decision making
- Help guide infrastructure investment of both public and private resources
- Provide each region with a sustainability plan that will enable them to strategically identify and prioritize the projects they submit for consideration to the Implementation Grant stage.
In stage two of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program – the Implementation Grant stage – up to $90 million will be provided on a competitive basis statewide for implementation of specific projects that provide the greatest opportunities for achieving carbon reductions, energy efficiency savings, and renewable energy deployment consistent with a region’s sustainability and REDC strategic plans. Other actions identified in the plan may be eligible for funding from other sources. Phase II is planned to launch in 2013.
This web site provides information on the status of the Mohawk Valley Sustainability planning project, the Working Groups, and project contacts. In addition, you may review Working Group meeting agendas and summaries, the draft Plan, and project updates, which will be uploaded to this site as they are completed.
Mohawk Valley Sustainability Plan (complete version for download)
A – Stakeholder & Public Input Summary
B – Baseline Assessment
C – Case Examples from Region
D – GHG Inventory Reporting Template
E – Governance and Funding Opportunities
F – Working Group Membership
G – Acronym List
Mohawk Valley Project Nomination Form - for future grant & funding opportunities. This is not a grant application. These forms will be used by the Mohawk Valley Sustainability Consortium to help guide applicants toward funding opportunities.
Public Meeting Powerpoint Presentation : The Public Stakeholder Meeting was held at Robert McLaughlin College Center Auditorium, Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY on March 7, 2013.