Certification Application Cycle

The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program reviews certification applications from local governments three times a year. Local governments seeking to be designated Certified Climate Smart Communities can upload action documentation at any point in time in the municipal dashboard, but the review of applications will occur on a set schedule each year; this schedule is referred to as the application cycle. (Points are not awarded on a rolling basis.)

The three yearly application deadlines fall near the beginning of each the first three quarters of the year. These deadlines are followed by a review period of about six weeks, after which applicants will be notified if they achieved certification. Local governments that do not meet the requirements after applying should review the feedback they received from reviewers, modify their action submittals, and re-apply before the next quarterly deadline.

See below for the CSC certification application cycle for 2019 and 2020.


Application Cycle for 2019 & 2020
Application DeadlineJul. 5, 2019Jan. 10, 2020Apr. 3, 2020Jul. 3, 2020
Applicant NotificationAug. 16, 2019Feb. 28, 2020May 22, 2020Aug. 21, 2020