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Town of Dryden Named Bronze Certified Climate Smart Community by State DEC


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The Town of Dryden has been named as a Bronze Certified Climate Smart Community by the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC). Dryden was one of four municipalities in the Southern Tier Region to earn the accreditation.

The announcement came after the latest round of communities who have achieved certification as part of the state’s Climate Smart Communities Program. The program aids local efforts to meet economic, social, and environmental challenges that come with climate change. Overall, 23 municipalities were recognized throughout the state.

“These exceptional communities are helping DEC celebrate the 10th anniversary of the State’s Climate Smart Certification program by demonstrating sustained and robust commitment to local climate action,” Interim Commissioner Mahar said. “By achieving certification as a Climate Smart Community, municipalities are promoting sustainability, increasing zero-emission transportation, and reducing pollution.”

For municipalities to achieve certification from the DEC, they must accumulate points from planning and implementing actions that go towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and also improve community resilience from a worsening climate.

The Village of Homer was recognized as a Bronze Certified Climate Smart Community back in 2020, and the City of Cortland has registered, but is yet to receive certification, according to Climate Smart Communities.

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