Climate Smart Communities Certification ReportDownload PDF Version
This is the Climate Smart Communities Certification Report of Woodstock, Town (Ulster). Woodstock, Town (Ulster) is a bronze certified Climate Smart Community.
Woodstock, Town (Ulster) was certified on September 24, 2020 with
147 points earned from 18 completed actions. Listed below is information regarding
Woodstock, Town (Ulster)’s Climate Smart Communities efforts and materials associated with its certified actions.
The certification for Woodstock, Town (Ulster) will expire on September 30, 2025.
The designated Climate Smart Communities contact for Woodstock, Town (Ulster) is:
|Title/Position:||CSC Coordinator / WEC|
|Address:||45 Comeau Drive|
Woodstock, NY 12498
Each approved action and supporting documentation for which Woodstock, Town (Ulster) was approved for in 2020 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: Certified Woodstock Town Board Resolution 71-2020 establishing the Woodstock Climate Smart Task Force and defining the mission of the task force.
PE1 Action: CSC Coordinator10 PointsBronze Mandatory Silver Mandatory
Program Summary: Certified resolution from the Woodstock Town Board annual organization meeting of January 7, 2020 appointing Erin Moran as Coordinator for the Woodstock Climate Smart Task Force. Certified Woodstock Town Board Resolution 71-2020 establishing the position of climate smart task coordinator and defining the coordinator's role and responsibilities.
PE1 Action: National/Regional Climate Program3 Points
Program Summary: Woodstock joined Project Drawdown, a global research organization that identifies, reviews, and analyzes the most viable solutions to climate change, and shares these findings with the world. Woodstock’s Participation in Project Drawdown is through the programs of the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York, Woodstock Transition, and the Woodstock Land Conservancy.
PE1 Action: Partnerships with Other Entities3 Points
Program Summary: Woodstock has been an active collaborator with the Ulster County Climate Smart Committee (CSC) since November 2014. The Climate Smart Committee has five members, appointed by the legislative chairman, and hold their positions during the term of the legislature. The committee meets monthly and provides a forum for communities in Ulster County that have taken the climate smart pledge to share their experiences, progress, problems, and opportunities in implementation of the pledge. Reports for the first half 2020 added.
2. Inventory emissions, set goals, and plan for climate action.
PE2 Action: Government Operations GHG Inventory16 PointsBronze Priority Silver Priority
Program Summary: Revised versions of Woodstock's 2019 GHG calculations are attached. The version linked to PE10 Action: GHG Tracking System includes estimates of the CO2, CH4, and N2O emissions related to energy use in government operations in 2019. The town is confident this approach covers at least 95% of the government GHG emissions, which complies with the LGOP. Submission GHG reports for the years 2018 and 2017 (which focus on CO2 from energy use), are also attached, in addition to a PowerPoint presentation used at public information sessions.
3. Decrease energy use.
PE3 Action: LED Street Lights10 Points
Program Summary: Central Hudson documentation is provided showing that al least 25% of town's municipal streetlights have been upgraded to LEDs. Also provided are estimates of the savings in kWh since 2013 and the estimated reduction in CO2 emissions as a result of the LED installations. UPDATE: 6/30/20: We are applying for the additional 3 points as we are in the process of completing the upgrade of all street lights in the town to LED. Attached is the invoice with Central Hudson & the resolution passed by the town board to do so.
- pdf C.T. Male Municipal Streetlight Inventory for Woodstock
- pdf PSC Petition for Return of Central Hudson Streetlight Replacement Program
- pdf Central Hudson Bills showing LED Streetlights
- pdf PE3 LED Streetlights, Application and Description
- word Resolution from Town Clerk
- pdf Central Hudson agreement to complete upgrade of all street lights to LED
4. Shift to clean, renewable energy.
PE4 Action: Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies5 Points
Program Summary: Addendum to the Micro-Hydro Feasibility Study submitted. The Town of Woodstock investigated photovoltaic solar, a wind power ESCO, micro-hydro, and run of the river hydro. The town eventually subscribed to hydroelectric generators on the Wallkill and at Wappingers Falls for hydroelectric power available through the Natural Power Group under the terms of Community Distributed Generation. With these contracts, Woodstock will be receiving 90% of its electric power from zero-carbon electricity sources.
PE4 Action: Geothermal Installation14 Points
Program Summary: Woodstock has two ground-based, geothermal heating and cooling systems: one at the highway garage and another at the town hall. Fossil fuel heating systems were replaced at the highway garage and town hall with ground-sourced heat pumps.
PE4 Action: Solar Energy Installation14 Points
Program Summary: The town has two PV solar arrays: one on the highway garage and another on the town hall totaling over 30 KW installed.
6. Implement climate-smart land use.
PE6 Action: Comprehensive Plan with Sustainability Elements15 PointsBronze Priority Silver Priority
Program Summary: The town of Woodstock adopted it's Comprehensive Plan in 2018. A copy of the plan and required elements are attached. They include: The comprehensive plan with sustainability elements, adopted in 2018. Resolution where the plan was formally adopted and approved by the town board. A memorandum explaining how the plan reflects the sustainability elements, including the specific page numbers where the relevant information can be found.
PE6 Action: Unified Solar Permit5 Points
Program Summary: NYSERDA's certification of Unified Solar Permit High Impact Action. Woodstock Unified Solar Permit Application.
PE6 Action: Alternative-fuel Infrastructure8 PointsBronze Priority Silver Priority
Program Summary: Woodstock installed two, Level2 EV charging stations for public use. Each charging stations has two ports. Attached are: 1) Clean Fleets Inventory, 2) EV Charging Station Grant, 3) ChargePoint usage report for 3QTR 2019, 4) NYSERDA email approving High Impact Item certification, 5) two newspaper articles.
8. Support a green innovation economy.
PE8 Action: Farmers’ Markets3 Points
Program Summary: The Woodstock Farm Festival has run every year since 2008. The Farm Festival is located at 6 Maple Lane in Woodstock, NY, 12498 and operates every Wednesday from 3:30 until dusk, rain or shine, from late May through mid-October. The weekly festival features fresh, local and organic food, live music, prepared foods, family-friendly programming, and a vibrant atmosphere for convening with friends and neighbors from near and far. The schedule for 2020 is attached. The town hosts the market in a municipal parking lot, and does not charge the $5 parking fee on Wednesdays to support the market.
PE8 Action: Solarize, Clean Heating & Cooling, or Solar for All Campaign5 Points
Program Summary: NYSERDA Certification email of Solarize High Impact Action. Newspaper announcement.
9. Inform and inspire the public.
PE9 Action: Social Media3 Points
Program Summary: The Woodstock Environmental Commission has a Facebook page.
10. Engage in an evolving process of climate action.
PE10 Action: GHG Tracking System5 Points
Program Summary: GHG Tracking Report showing yearly carbon dioxide emissions beginning with 2011 for Woodstock governmental operations, final results for 2019. An addendum submitted sizing the individual emission components, CO2, CH4, N2O, and CO2e over the tracking period. A source document from the California Air Resources Board.
PE10 Action: Annual Progress Report4 Points
Program Summary: Progress reports on Woodstock's initiative to become carbon neutral have been provided to the town broad beginning with fiscal year 2011. Provided is a summary of the process and time frame for developing these reports, and reports for the years 2018, 2017, and 2016. Reports back to 2011 are available.