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Sample climate actions taken by Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, as presented by Mayor Leo Wiegman, to AIA Westchester-Mid-Hudson chapter

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Croton aia earth_day2010

  1. 1. The Glocal Factor Local solutions for global climate disruption www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 Leo A. W. Wiegman, Mayor Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY [email_address] AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson 2010 Sustainable Design Symposium April 22, 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>Municipalities can and must: </li></ul><ul><li>Ask: Reach out for information </li></ul><ul><li>Share: Build knowledge networks with neighbors. </li></ul><ul><li>Know: Turn emissions data & smart growth concepts into Climate Action Plans </li></ul>Today’s topics: A-S-K New York has 62 cities, 932 towns, 552 villages. Earth Day 2010
  3. 3. Climate Disruption Will Cost All New Yorkers www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 NY migrates south under Business as Usual www.climatechoices.org/ne/
  4. 4. www.climatechoices.org/ne/ www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010
  5. 5. “ If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.&quot; — Lord Kelvin www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 Why measure?
  6. 6. What’s best for the economy <ul><li>1. Use smart growth concepts in local zoning and planning; </li></ul><ul><li>2. Inventory our greenhouse gas emissions; </li></ul><ul><li>3. Build knowledge networks with neighbors.  </li></ul>Outdoor Lighting (Holiday Lights Benedict Blvd.) 2007 (energy cost from line 4.11 on Table 2) $491 2008 (estimated cost of electricity) $500 Cost of new LED lights $1700 Annualized cost of LED light (10 year lifespan) $170 2009 (estimated electric bill of 1,600 new LED lights) $125 New annual cost $295 Savings (each year) $205 41% is also what is best for the environment. www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010
  7. 7. So what is Croton doing? 2009-2010
  8. 8. 1.Tap national + state expertise <ul><li>We joined ICLEI-Local Govs for Sustainability ($600) </li></ul><ul><li>We joined Climate Registry ($500) </li></ul><ul><li>We took NYS Climate Smart Community pledge ($0) </li></ul><ul><li>We signed USCOM Climate Protection Agreement ($0) </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 2 3 4 5
  9. 9. 2.Tap local expertise <ul><li>We launched volunteer Sustainability Committee ($0) </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010
  10. 10. 3a. Measure the easy stuff first www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 <ul><li>We inventoried our emissions & energy baseline </li></ul><ul><li>In 2007, Village government </li></ul><ul><li>Used 5.2 million kWh (17.8 billion Btu), </li></ul><ul><li>Spent $532,000 on energy, & </li></ul><ul><li>Emitted 1,774 metric tonnes of GHGs. </li></ul>1
  11. 11. 3b. Know annual GHG/energy costs www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 www.crotononhudson-ny.gov 2007 GHG emissions by sector (%)
  12. 12. Information = power <ul><li>1. Use smart growth concepts in local zoning and planning; </li></ul><ul><li>2. Inventory our greenhouse gas emissions; </li></ul><ul><li>3. Build knowledge networks with neighbors.  </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 Outdoor Lighting (Holiday Lights Benedict Blvd.) 2007 (energy cost from line 4.11 on Table 2) $491 2008 (estimated cost of electricity) $500 Cost of new LED lights $1700 Annualized cost of LED light (10 year lifespan) $170 2009 (estimated electric bill of 1,600 new LED lights) $125 New annual cost $295 Savings (each year) $205 41% 1600 new LED lights 40% savings ($246) 800 old incand. lights bulbs $ electricity $ $541 $295
  13. 13. 4. Help grow clean energy in NYS <ul><li>We recommitted to wind power for 25% of gov’s electricity </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 Wind RECs cost $8,000 and funded 400,000 kWh of wind power connected to the NYISO grid.
  14. 14. 5. Spur clean energy locally <ul><li>We installed solar electric on Grand St Firehouse (NYPA grant) </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 http://bit.ly/Croton_Firehouse_SolarPanels June 2009-April 2010 (10 months) : Energy : 5,493.88 kWh; CO2 avoided : 3 ,845.72 kg; Revenue : $989.
  15. 15. 6. Make roads bike-ped friendly <ul><li>We adopted a village-wide Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan & hold annual Bike Week to celebrate </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010
  16. 16. 7. Bin & barrel truck sale days <ul><li>We host Compost bin & Rain barrel Truck Sale Days </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 <ul><li>270 compost bins sold at wholesale price to residents via vendor = </li></ul><ul><li>190,000 pounds of waste diverted per year from curbside to our yards = </li></ul><ul><li>$4,750 annual savings to village tax payer in avoided tipping fees = </li></ul><ul><li>12% of village composts now </li></ul>ecopromo.com
  17. 17. 8. Relearning how to grow our own <ul><li>We broke ground for Community Garden pilot program </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010
  18. 18. 9. Seeing nature = believing <ul><li>We set up EagleCam on Croton Bay & help Teatown’s annual EagleFest </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 www.crotononhudson-ny.gov/eaglecam Photo; Steve Sachs
  19. 19. 10. Smart growth land use tools <ul><li>We added zoning incentives for mixed-use district near public transportation (Harmon Business District) </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010
  20. 20. Quick Payback Energy Retrofits <ul><li>Upgrades with 2-3 year payback </li></ul><ul><li>Water system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We spend $150,000/yr now to lift 4 million gallons. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: audit whole system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Street lighting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We spend $90,000/yr now to run 800 streetlights. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: audit whole system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Municipal Building utilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We spend $54,000 now for 29,000 sq. ft. ($1.86/sf) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: audit whole system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fire House (3) utilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We spend $44,000 now for 21,300 sq. ft. ($2.11/sf) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: audit whole system </li></ul></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010
  21. 21. What’s on the horizon? www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 Home Energy Retrofits=savings + = Blower door energy audit Insulation + Infiltration measures Get more Comfort + Convenience for less than you spend now
  22. 22. What’s on the horizon? www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010 Smart grid = energy internet + + Install new advanced meters to the existing grid. Add monitoring feedback via internet for consumers. Expand renewables to fit into the new demand response network. = healthier economy & planet
  23. 23. the Bigger Picture: Consortium www.nweac.org <ul><li>Sharing Data + Services for </li></ul><ul><li>190,000 people in 13 munis: </li></ul><ul><li>Bedford Pilot energy retrofits </li></ul><ul><li>Smart grid demo project </li></ul><ul><li>Solid waste -biomass study </li></ul><ul><li>Pace Univ partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Clean energy initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>IBM cloud computing pilots </li></ul><ul><li>... & more </li></ul>www.crotononhudson-ny.gov Earth Day 2010
  24. 24. Resources cited in The Glocal Factor Croton’s GHG Emissions baseline from all Village government sector sources: Search for “ GHG Inventory ” at www.crotononhudson-ny.gov EagleCam www.crotononhudson-ny.gov /eaglecam Firehouse PV results htt p://bit.ly/Croton_Firehouse_SolarPanels Compost Bin and Rain Barrel vendor partner http://ecopromo .com Renewable Energy Credits broker www.earthkindenergy.com ICLEI-Local Govs for Sust ainability www.icle iusa.org Climate Registry www.theclimateregistry.org NYS Climate Smart Comm unity www.dec.ny.gov/energy/50845.htm l US Mayors Climate Pro tection Agreemen t www.usmayors.org/climateprotecti on Northern Westchester En ergy Action Consortium www.nweac.org Northeast Climate Impacts Study (UCSUSA.org) www.n ortheastclimateimpacts.org 10 Municipal S teps by Guy Dancey www.earthfutur e.com/community Climate Solutions Consensus at the Encyclopedia of Earth (500+ w ebsites) www .eoearth.org/article/Climate_Solutions_Consensus Email me f or a book discount code: l [email_address] tothefourth.com Earth Day 2010 Text

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