New York State Provides Grants for Regional Sustainable Plans
New York has provided communities with $10 million in funds statewide to pay for the creation of regional plans to promote sustainable development. The Cleaner, Greener Communities program is a $100 million competitive grant program from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority that aims to foster green jobs, improve energy efficiency, and reduce pollution.
“These plans will result in green jobs, the development of renewable energy and significantly reduced pollution. This will allow us to build communities that are healthier and more prosperous all across New York,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
The plan is the first step, with additional funding made available from the program on a competitive basis to implement projects that create opportunities for achieving greenhouse gas reductions, energy-efficiency savings and/or renewable energy deployment while enhancing job creation, economic investment and development.
“We all talk about being ‘green,’ cleaning up our environment and dedicating resources to renewable energy, but we’ve been largely talking about it as individual municipalities,” said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy. “This consortium represents a critical step. Together, we will be able to create a sustainability plan that will have buy-in on a regional scale and create a variety of economic opportunities.”
Sources: Shawangunk Journal,