Climate Smart Communities Certification ReportDownload PDF Version
This is the Climate Smart Communities Certification Report of Tusten, Town (Sullivan). Tusten, Town (Sullivan) is a bronze certified Climate Smart Community.
Tusten, Town (Sullivan) was certified on September 26, 2018 with
123 points earned from 17 completed actions. Listed below is information regarding
Tusten, Town (Sullivan)’s Climate Smart Communities efforts and materials associated with its certified actions.
The certification for Tusten, Town (Sullivan) will expire on August 31, 2023.
The designated Climate Smart Communities contact for Tusten, Town (Sullivan) is:
|Title:||Chair of Energy Committee|
|Address:||P.O. Box 195|
Narrowsburg, NY 12764
Each approved action and supporting documentation for which Tusten, Town (Sullivan) was approved for in 2018 appears below. Note: Standards for the actions below may have changed and the documentation listed may no longer satisfy requirements for that action.
1. Build a climate-smart community.
1.1 Pass a Resolution Adopting the CSC Pledge4 Points
- pdf CSC Pledge
PE1 Action: CSC Task Force20 PointsBronze Mandatory Silver Mandatory
Program Summary: On 2/13/2012 Town of Tusten Supervisor Carol Ropke Wingert established and appointed the Committee for Energy Plan (renamed the Tusten Energy Committee a few weeks later on 3/29/2012). Appointed was Councilperson Eileen Falk, Councilperson Brandi Merolla, Star Hesse and Charles Blanchard. Couniclperson Brandi Merolla was appointed as chairperson of the Committee. See attached minutes and report.
PE1 Action: CSC Coordinator10 PointsBronze Mandatory Silver Mandatory
PE1 Action: National/Regional Climate Program3 Points
Program Summary: The Town of Tusten participates in the CEC program. Attached is a screenshot of the CEC map.
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2. Inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action.
PE2 Action: Government Operations GHG Inventory16 PointsBronze Priority Silver Priority
Program Summary: Attached are two GHG Government Operations Inventories, one for 2016 and one for 2017. The Town has made these two GHG emissions inventories available at the library. The Town will post both GHG Government Operations Inventories on their website. The Town's 2017 GHG emissions were 420.11 MTCO2e.
PE2 Action: Community GHG Inventory16 PointsBronze Priority Silver Priority
2.3 Establish a Government Operations Emissions Reduction Target4 PointsBronze Priority Silver Priority
3. Decrease energy use.
PE3 Action: Interior Lighting Upgrades3 Points
PE3 Action: Energy Benchmarking for Government Buildings2 Points
3.22 Provide E-waste Collection in Local Government Buildings2 Points
Program Summary: The town of Tusten passed a resolution in July 2018 (attached) in support of their municipal e-waste recycling policy. The attached photos photos show the town hauling the e-waste away to a Sullivan County e-waste collection event and the sign indicating where it is collected in one building.
4. Shift to clean, renewable energy.
PE4 Action: Solar Energy Installation9 Points
PE4 Action: Power Purchase Agreement for Renewables9 Points
5. Use climate-smart materials management.
PE5 Action: Recycling Bins in Government Buildings3 Points
Program Summary: Photographs showing labeled recycling bins in Government office buildings. A policy calling for the maximum possible recycling at events is also included.
PE5 Action: Waste Reduction Education Campaign2 Points
Program Summary: In early 2018, the Town of Tusten purchased 400 reusable bags made out of recycled materials for Town residents to reduce single-use plastic bag use within the Town. The initial 400 are being distributed for free and the Town is committed to purchasing 400 more reusable bags as needed. The bags are available for pick-up at Town Hall and Town Board meetings. The attached handout is an example of the associated educational materials. Links to news articles: 1/17/18: https://riverreporter.com/news-news-stories/committees-are-active-tusten 2/21/18 https://riverreporter.com/news-news-stories/tusten-board-debates-varied-agenda-items
6. Implement climate-smart land use.
8. Support a green innovation economy.
PE8 Action: Farmers’ Markets3 Points
Program Summary: The letter states that the Farmer's market fulfills the minimum 10 day minimum and that it was in operation last year. The market runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The letter also states the Town was instrumental in making the Farmer's Market happen. Councilperson promote the Farmer's market at Town Board Meetings.
Performance: Reduce GHGs from Government Facilities15 Points
Program Summary: Tusten received approval from NYSERDA for the Clean Energy Upgrades High Impact Action on 6/18/18 because the Town purchases a significant amount of electricity from a solar PPA.