Climate Smart Communities Certification Report

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This is the Climate Smart Communities Certification Report of Ulysses, Town (Tompkins). Ulysses, Town (Tompkins) is a bronze certified Climate Smart Community.

Ulysses, Town (Tompkins) was certified on September 28, 2018 with 149 points earned from 27 completed actions. Listed below is information regarding Ulysses, Town (Tompkins)’s Climate Smart Communities efforts and materials associated with its certified actions.

The certification for Ulysses, Town (Tompkins) will expire on August 31, 2023.

Contact Information

The designated Climate Smart Communities contact for Ulysses, Town (Tompkins) is:

Name:Carissa Parlato
Title:Town Clerk
Address:10 Elm Street
Trumansburg, NY 14886

Actions Implemented

Each approved action and supporting documentation for which Ulysses, Town (Tompkins) 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 Pledge

    4 Points

    Program Summary:

    PE1 Action: CSC Task Force

    20 Points
    Bronze Mandatory Silver Mandatory

    Program Summary: The Ulysses Town Board passed a resolution on 6/25/18 designating the Conservation and Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC) as the CSC Task Force. A representative of the town board attends multiple meetings per year and reports back to the larger town board. Town board liaisons have included board members John Hertzler and Michael Boggs. Board member and deputy supervisor Nancy Zahler is currently serving as the liaison for the committee and was in attendance for the 6/27/18 meeting. The SCAC makes bimonthly reports through the Town Board liaison or privilege of the floor and may request time on the Town Board agenda for presentations when making recommendations. More information is at http://www.ulysses.ny.us/boards/sustainability-conservation/ . Minutes for SCAC meetings held on 9/20/17, 1/11/18, and 4/12/18 are attached.

    PE1 Action: CSC Coordinator

    8 Points
    Bronze Mandatory Silver Mandatory

    Program Summary:

    PE1 Action: National/Regional Climate Program

    3 Points

    Program Summary:

    PE1 Action: Partnerships with Other Entities

    3 Points

    Program Summary:

  • 2. Inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action.

    PE2 Action: Government Operations GHG Inventory

    16 Points
    Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

  • 3. Decrease energy use.

    PE3 Action: Government Building Energy Audits

    16 Points
    Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    PE3 Action: Energy Benchmarking for Government Buildings

    2 Points

    Program Summary:

    3.19 Adopt a Waste Management Strategy for Government Hosted and Permitted Events

    1 Points

    Program Summary:

    PE3 Action: Incentives for Employee Carpooling & Transit

    2 Points

    Program Summary:

  • 4. Shift to clean, renewable energy.

  • 5. Use climate-smart materials management.

    PE5 Action: Recycling Bins in Government Buildings

    3 Points

    Program Summary:

    PE5 Action: Organic Waste Program for Government Buildings

    3 Points

    Program Summary: Photo of composting bin in Ulysses Town Hall (taken 06-01-2017) The photo shows that there is composting available in Town Hall. Town Hall is 4150 square feet, and the office space of the Town Barn is 480 square feet, so there is composting available in 89.6% of Ulysses's facilities.

  • 6. Implement climate-smart land use.

    PE6 Action: Comprehensive Plan with Sustainability Elements

    9 Points
    Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary: Attached are the Town of Ulysses Comprehensive Plan, the meeting minutes from the Town Board meeting at which the plan was adopted, and a memo explaining why Ulysses has earned nine points for this action.

    6.3 Adopt a Renewable Energy Ordinance

    2 Points

    Program Summary:

    6.7 Adopt Land-use Policies That Support or Incentivize Farmers’ Markets, Community Gardens and Urban and Rural Agriculture

    2 Points

    Program Summary: Town of Ulysses eCode Book, Chapter 212: Zoning, 212-25: Permitted uses (accessed on 06-02-2017), http://www.ecode360.com/28860358?highlight=stands,farm#28860358 Town of Ulysses eCode Book, Chapter 212: Zoning, 212-135: Standards for roadside stands (accessed on 06-02-2017), http://www.ecode360.com/28861582#28861582

    PE6 Action: Alternative-fuel Infrastructure

    6 Points
    Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary: The attached email was sent to the Ulysses Listserv and explains that a station with two charging points exists and is available for public use thanks to grant funding.

    6.13 Implement a Safe Routes to School Program

    3 Points

    Program Summary: Town of Ulysses Town Board Meeting Minutes from April 12, 2016 (accessed on 5-25-2017), http://www.ulysses.ny.us/minutes/611_2016-04-12-TB-FINAL-minutes.pdf Sidewalk Project Update, Town of Ulysses (accessed on 5-2-5-2017), http://www.ulysses.ny.us/pages/current-issues/94/sidewalk-project-update/

    PE6 Action: Natural Resources Inventory

    8 Points
    Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary: Attached are the Ulysses Natural Resources Inventory and a clerk-certified copy of a resolution adopting that inventory.

    6.19 Preserve Natural Areas Through Zoning or Other Regulations

    4 Points

    Program Summary: Town of Ulysses eCode Book, Chapter 212: Zoning, Article X: CD -- Conservation District (accessed on 06-02-2017), http://www.ecode360.com/28860654 Town of Ulysses eCode Book, Chapter 212: Zoning, 212-22: Definitions (accessed on 06-02-2017), http://www.ecode360.com/28860184#28860191

  • 7. Enhance community resilience to climate change.

    PE7 Action: Shade Structures Policy

    4 Points

    Program Summary: Town of Ulysses eCode Book, Chapter 212: Zoning, 212-22: Definitions (accessed on 06-02-2017), http://www.ecode360.com/28860184#28860191

    PE7 Action: Watershed-based Flood Mitigation Plan

    6 Points

    Program Summary: yuga Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan 2017 (accessed on 06-02-2017), http://www.cayugalake.org/files/all/clwrpp_2017_final_4_30_17.pdf

    7.17 Conserve Wetlands and Forests to Manage Stormwater, Recharge Groundwater and Mitigate Flooding

    2 Points

    Program Summary: Town of Ulysses Local Law No. 03 2007 for Stormwater Management and Erosion & Sediment Control (accessed on 05-25-2017), http://ulysses.ny.us/pdf/local-law-stormwater.pdf Town of Ulysses Comprehensive Plan, 10/2009 (accessed on 05-25-2017), http://www.ulysses.ny.us/tou-comp-plan-2009.pdf "Ulysses receives more grant funding." (accessed on 05-25-2017), http://www.ulysses.ny.us/pdf/2016-listserv-12-08.pdf

  • 9. Inform and inspire the public.

    PE9 Action: Energy Reduction Campaign

    5 Points

    Program Summary: Solar Tompkins Board List and Bios (accessed on 06-02-2017), http://www.solartompkins.org/solar-tompkins-board.html 2017 HeatSmart Community Meetings (accessed on 06-02-2017), http://www.solartompkins.org/community-meetings.html Steps for Getting HeatSmart (accessed on 06-12-2017), http://www.solartompkins.org/steps-for-getting-heatsmart.html

    PE9 Action: Climate-related Public Events

    3 Points

    Program Summary: HeatSmart Community Meeting - Trumansburg, Facebook (accessed on 06-02-2017), https://www.facebook.com/events/1041776405957215/ 2017 HeatSmart Community Meetings (accessed on 06-02-2017), http://www.solartompkins.org/community-meetings.html

    PE9 Action: Local Climate Action Website

    2 Points

    Program Summary: Sustainability & Conservation Advisory Council, Town of Ulysses (accessed on 05-25-2017), http://www.ulysses.ny.us/boards/sustainability-conservation/

    PE9 Action: Social Media

    3 Points

    Program Summary: Listserv Messages and Newsletters, Town of Ulysses (accessed on 05-25-2017), http://www.ulysses.ny.us/documents/documents-newsletters-listserv/