VOK Awarded Bronze Certification

Dear Residents,

The Village of Kinderhook has been awarded bronze certification in the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Climate Smart Communities program! Our Village Task Force volunteers have been diligently working towards this goal with Village officials since the Task Force’s formation in 2016. One of the major achievements in reaching bronze certification
was the solarization of two of our Village buildings made possible with a $35,000 award from NYSERDA in 2019.This project alone not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but also reduces our electric energy costs.

A special thank you to the VOK Climate Smart Committee Chair Bill Mancini for his tireless efforts and dedication!

Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) program that supports local governments in leading their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change, and thrive in a green economy. The benefits of participating include leadership recognition, free technical assistance,
and greater access to grant opportunities. Local governments participate by signing a voluntary pledge and using the CSC framework to guide progress toward creating attractive, healthy, and equitable places to live, work, and play. Learn more about the Climate Smart Communities program at: https://climatesmart.ny.gov/about/

For more information on the Task Force’s efforts visit our webpage on the Village website: https://www.villageofkinderhook.org/climate.html