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Minetto Creates Climate Action Plan

MINETTO NY — In an effort to reduce operating costs, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, representatives from the town of Minetto have created a draft Climate Action Plan.

The plan provides specific recommendations for energy saving strategies in areas such as transportation, buildings and facilities, and solid waste disposal.

The town has established a goal to reduce emissions from municipal operations by 50% and total community emissions by 15% below 2010 levels by 2025.

For the past several months, town representatives have been participating in the development of the plan through a group called the Minetto Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee.

Community involvement is helping to ensure that the plan remains a local-level initiative and that priority issues are addressed.

A presentation of the draft plan is scheduled for 7 p.m. on September 28 at the Minetto Town Hall.

All are welcome to attend.

The Climate Action Plan has been developed as part of New York State’s Climate Smart Communities program.

Climate Smart Communities is a network of New York Communities engaged in reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change.

The town adopted the Climate Smart Communities pledge in 2014 and is one of 166 New York communities that have partnered with state government to make a positive difference.

These communities will implement plans that help to meet New York State’s climate protection goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by the year 2050.

Technical assistance in developing the Minetto plan was provided by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, a public agency created by Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

The CNY PRDB has been designated by the state as the regional coordinator of the Climate Smart Communities program.

For additional information, please contact Amanda Mazzoni, CNY RPDB, at 422-8276 ext. 215 or at [email protected]

The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board is a public agency that was established in 1966 by Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties under the provisions of Article 12B of the New York State General Municipal Law.  The CNY RPDB is governed by a board of directors appointed by its five member counties.

The agency provides a comprehensive range of services associated with the growth and development of communities in CNY with a focus on five key program areas including economic development, energy management, land use and transportation, environmental management, and regional information services.

For more information about the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, visit http://www.cnyrpdb.org