There are now more than 100 communities in the state that have received the "Climate Smart" designation as the state takes broader steps toward mitigating the effects of climate change, Gov. Kathy Hochul's office on Monday announced.
The communities have all moved in various ways to meet the social, financial and environmental challenges of climate change by pledging to reduce emissions. The designation has been in place for communities since 2014.
So far, 364 municipalities have taken the emission reduction pledge; 105 have received the official designation.
Meanwhile, Hochul's office also announced the Community Preservation Corp. was picked to administer the state's $250 million Climate Friendly Homes Fund, which is meant to implement a push for residential electrification and reduce carbon emissions.
"This Climate Week, we're celebrating New York's remarkable progress toward creating sustainable homes and building climate-smart communities statewide," Hochul said. "Thanks to initiatives like the Climate Smart Communities program and our Climate Friendly Homes Fund, communities across New York are taking action to protect the environment and tackling the climate crisis in their own backyards. My administration is fully committed to reducing the state's climate impact, and we will continue to leverage key investments and resources to secure a safe and sustainable future for New Yorkers."
New York over the coming decades is set to transition to more renewable and cleaner forms of energy, transforming how cars, homes, businesses and durable goods are powered in order to curtail the effects of a changing climate.