ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a record $14 million is now available for the Climate Smart Communities Grant program to help municipalities take action to address climate change.
Funding is available for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the ongoing impacts of climate change, including reducing flood risk, increasing natural resiliency, and relocating or retrofitting critical infrastructure.
“From hurricanes like Sandy and Ida, to seven feet of snow in Buffalo, we have seen our weather continue to grow more extreme each year, and it is critical that we support local efforts in protecting communities from the effects of climate change,” Governor Hochul said. “This record funding will help empower local governments to take bold action to meet the challenges driven by our changing climate, and help meet ambitious goals while setting an example for other municipalities to follow. New York will continue to support critical initiatives that will make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers while contributing to our State’s nation-leading climate efforts.”
The program supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which requires New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050.