Climate Smart Communities Webinar: Climate Smart Community Certification

Department of Environmental Conservation
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
10:30 a.m. – Noon 

Dear Climate Smart Community Leader: 


Our Climate Smart Communities webinar entitled Climate Smart Community Certification will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM.


In April 2014, the New York State Climate Smart Communities program launched a formal certification program to recognize leading Climate Smart Communities and to provide a more robust framework to guide the climate actions of local governments. There are four levels of certification: Certified, Bronze, Silver, and Gold (450 points). Achievement of each level requires completion of a specified number of “priority actions” and a sufficient number of voluntary actions to achieve the required number of points. The activities and documentation submittals required for each action are described in the Climate Smart Communities Certification Manual at .


The Department of Environmental Conservation Office of Climate Change is already accepting documentation on the 13 priority actions ( DEC will announce other actions for which documentation can be submitted as the program develops toward full deployment, including an interactive web portal to facilitate documentation submittal and administration, by 2017. Climate Smart Communities are encouraged to begin to lay a foundation for effective local climate action by completing and documenting priority actions now and, in anticipation of full program deployment, commencing additional actions where possible.


This webinar will provide an overview of the certification program, describe the actions for which points may be earned, particularly the priority actions, and tools and resources available to assist in completion of actions toward certification.


The webinar will be accessible to anyone via an Internet connection and telephone. Webinar participants must use the telephone call-in number; no audio signal will be transmitted over the Internet.

To join the webinar, go to, click the “Join a meeting” button and enter Conference ID 58089 in the “Meeting Login” screen. On your telephone, dial 1-866-394-2346 and enter conference call code 1982360347# when prompted. 

Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at or 518-402-8323.  In the event that we have to cancel or postpone this webinar respondents will be notified. 

Information on the Climate Smart Communities program is available at 

Office of Climate Change
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, New York 12233
(518) 402-8448