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Missoula Climate Resiliency Plan Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
Montana Climate Change
Date: 2020-01-15
In Big Sky Country, Climate Smart Missoula, along with Missoula County, is reporting work on the Missoula Climate Resilency Plan aimed at reducing the effects of climate change in the Missoula area is underway.

According to its website, the plan focuses on various areas -- energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development, clean transportation, land and water management, forest and open land management, green buildings, education and outreach -- all of which are crucial to Missoula's climate mitigation and resiliency efforts.

Download Climate Resiliency Plan details HERE and HERE (Source: Climate Smart Missoula, 8KPAX, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Climate Smart Missoula, 406-926-2847, www.missoulaclimate.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Riverhead Town takes pledge to become a ‘climate-smart’ community

Date: 2019-07-21
The town board at its meeting Tuesday adopted a resolution taking the “climate-smart pledge,” the first step in New York State’s “Climate Smart Communities” certification program, which aims to help local governments deal with the impacts of climate change. The board approved the measure 4-0, with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio absent. By adopting the resolution, Riverhead Town becomes a registered community in the program, making a commitment to addressing the 10 areas described by the state program: • build a climate-smart community; • inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action; • decrease energy use; • shift to clean, renewable energy; • use climate-smart materials management; • implement climate-smart land use; • enhance community resilience to climate change; • support a green innovation economy; • inform and inspire the public; These action areas are described in detail here. Local governments then pursue mandatory, priority and optional actions defined by the program to achieve certification by the state as bronze, silver or gold climate-smart communities. The certification is based on a point system, with different points assigned to different actions. The mandatory and priority actions are those “deemed foundational to a successful local climate action program, some of which must be completed for each certification level,” the program website states. Applicants must complete the required number of mandatory and priority actions for each level. Participating in the program does not subject the town to any regulation by the state, the website states. Certification in the program will better position the town for future grant funding, said Councilwoman Catherine Kent, who put the resolution forward at the recommendation of the town’s new Environmental Advisory Committee, which was established in November at her initiative. Kent is the town board liaison to the committee. In Suffolk County, every town except Riverhead, Southold and Shelter Island had already at least registered in the Climate Smart Communities program, according to the CSC website. East Hampton and Southampton are so far the only towns in Suffolk that have achieved a certification; both are certified at the bronze level. (Source: Riverhead Local, 21 July, 2019)


Minn., German Cities Collaborate on Climate Smart Municipalities, Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-12
Projects in six Minnesota cities participating in the Climate-Smart Municipalities program are being reviewed this week by visiting German climate and energy leaders as part of multiyear collaborations between Minnesota cities and their German counterparts seeking to expand the use of renewable energy and increasing building energy efficiency.

The western German city of Arnsberg was paired up with Warren, Minn., three years ago as part of the Climate-Smart Municipalities program. It was using planes equipped with thermal imaging cameras to see which buildings were losing the most energy.

Related Minnesota programs and initiatives include the use of drones to measure building emissions and heat loss, solar energy installations, energy-efficient lighting, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and others. The program is directed through the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment in St.Paul. (Source: MPR News Update, June, 2019) Contact: University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, Jessica Hellman, Dir., (612) 624-6973Fax: (612) 626-5555 -- fax, ione@umn.edu, www.environment.umn.edu Climate-Smart Municipalities, environment.umn.edu/grant/climate-smart-municipalities

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


World Bank Fund to Support Climate-Smart Mining (Ind. Report)
World Bank Group
Date: 2019-05-06
The World Bank is reporting the launch of the Climate-Smart Mining Facility fund to support the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals used in clean energy technologies, such as wind, solar power, batteries for energy storage and electric vehicles. The new Facility focuses on helping resource-rich developing countries benefit from the increasing demand for minerals and metals, while ensuring the mining sector is managed in a way that minimizes the environmental and climate footprint.

Facility partners include the German government and private sector companies, Rio Tinto and Anglo American. The Facility will also assist governments to build a robust policy, regulatory and legal framework that promotes climate-smart mining and creates an enabling environment for private capital. Facility projects may include:

  • Supporting the integration of renewable energy into mining operations, given that the mining sector accounts for up to 11 percent of global energy use and that mining operations in remote areas often rely on diesel or coal;
  • Supporting the strategic use of geological data for a better understanding of “strategic mineral” endowments;
  • Forest-smart mining -- preventing deforestation and supporting sustainable land-use practices; repurposing mine sites;
  • Recycling of minerals -- supporting developing countries to take a circular economy approach and reuse minerals in a way that respects the environment

    The World Bank is targeting a total investment of $50 million, to be deployed over a 5-year timeframe. The Facility will focus on activities around four core themes: climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; reducing material impacts and creating market opportunities, contributing to the decarbonization and reduction of material impacts along the supply chain of critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies. (Source: World Bank Group, Modern Diplomacy, May, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Smart,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • African Nations Share Climate-Smart Agriculture Funds (Int'l)
    UNDP,Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
    Date: 2019-05-01
    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are reporting the African countries of Zimbabwe, Uganda, Madagascar, eSwatini and Seychelles will share a total of $3.49 in grant funding to support a three-year scale-up of climate change projects aimed at promoting climate aware, conservation farming.

    The funds, which will be managed by the UNDP under an agreement signed with Comesa, will support the adoption of climate smart agriculture practices and technologies among farmer co-operatives and schools. The programme is part of COMESA's European Union supported Global Climate Change Action Plus Programme focused on mainstreaming climate change in national policies, strategies and development plans of member states, promoting, supporting, and piloting appropriate adaptation and mitigation projects. (Source: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, The East African, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, www.comesa.int; UNDP, www.undp.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDP,  Climate Change,  


    Lake Placid forms Climate Smart Community Task Force
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In the Empire State, the Village of Lake Placid Board of Trustees is reporting the formation of a Climate Smart Community Task Force -- a state Department of Environmental Conservation program where municipalities and organizations can earn certification levels based on actions that reduce the effects of climate change and are energy efficient.

    The program is similar to the US Green Building Council LEED certification program in which Lake Placid participates. Presently, 250 New York ommunities registered in the Climate Smart program. (Source: Village of Lake Placid, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Mar., 2019)Contact: NY Climate Smart Community Task Force, www.dec.ny.gov/energy/53013.html; Village of Lake Placid, www.lakeplacid.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


    NY Municipalities Earn Clean Energy Designation (Ind. Report)
    NY State,Gov. Andrew Cuomo
    Date: 2018-09-19
    In the Empire State, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced that more than 200 communities statewide have earned the Clean Energy Community designation and, as such, are eligible to seek grant funds for energy efficiency projects.

    To qualify for funding, a community must complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions to earn the designation, which recognizes community leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy. Local governments holding the designation can seek up to $250,000 to finance additional clean projects, or up to $100,000 if the community has fewer than 40,000 residents.

    The high-impact actions municipalities can complete include:

  • Benchmarking energy use at municipal and large privately-owned buildings;

  • Performing energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to municipal buildings;

  • Replacing street lights with energy-efficient LED lighting;

  • Streamlining local approval processes for solar projects through the adoption of the state Unified Solar Permit;

  • Undertaking a community-based Solarize campaign to reduce solar project costs through joint purchasing;

  • Providing energy code enforcement training to code officers;

  • Earning Climate Smart Communities Certification by reducing the community's impact on the environment;

  • Passing a local law to allow aggregation of residents to gain greater choice and control over energy use as a group, called Community Choice Aggregation;

  • Installing electric vehicle charging stations and using alternative fuel vehicles for municipal business; and:

  • Establishing an Energize NY Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at commercial buildings and not-for-profits.

    To date, approximately 450 New York state local governments representing more than 86 pct of the state's population in 60 counties and all 10 Economic Development Council regions, have completed more than 1,250 high-impact actions. The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects. The state's clean energy goal aims to supply 50 pct of its electricity from renewable energy resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Recorder, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: NY Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Clean Energy Community,  Energy Efficiency,  Gov. Andrew Cuomo ,  


  • NB Env. Trust Fund Supports Climate Change Projects (Funding)
    NB Environmental Trust Fund
    Date: 2018-05-02
    In Maritime Canada, the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF0, a New Brunswick provincial agency, reports it will invest more than $330,000 of a total $6.5 million in Southern New Brunswick's Tantramar Region in support of various environmental projects, including climate change adaptation.

    Among the recipients, EOS Eco-Energy Inc. will receive $45,000 for the Tantramar Climate Change Week, the Tantramar Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative, and to address climate-related stress workshop series. Community Forests International has been granted $60,000 for its Climate Smart Forestry: Designing Adaptive Silviculture for the Acadian Forest project aimed at increasing carbon sequestration and adaptation to climate change. Additionally, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) will receive $40,000 for a project called Cultivating Climate Resilience in New Brunswick.. Nature NB has been granted $30,000 to undertake activities in Port Elgin and Bathurst that will demonstrate the integration of nature-based solutions into municipal climate change adaptation planning. (Source: NB Environmental Trust Fund, Sackville Tribune, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NB Environmental Trust Fund, http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.13136.Environmental_Trust_Fund.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Adaptation,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change,  

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