Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The program offers grants, rebates for electric vehicles, and free technical assistance. Registered communities have made a commitment to act by passing the CSC pledge. Certified communities are the foremost leaders in the state; they have gone beyond the CSC pledge by completing and documenting a suite of actions that mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local level. Patchogue Village is a Registered Community that is working towards certification at the Bronze Level.
An aligned program from New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) is the CleanEnergy Communties. Local governments in New York State can use the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. Communities that complete 4 out of 10 "High Impact" clean energy actions will be designated by New York State as a Clean Energy Community and become eligible to apply for grants to fund additional clean energy projects. Patchogue Village has been awarded the Clean Energy Community certification. with the following High Impact Actions completed: Benchmarking, Energy Code Enforcement Training, LED Street Lights and adoption of the Unified Solar Permit. More information can be found at: NYSERDA Clean Energy Scorecard
The Village was recently named an Open Blue Pioneer by Johnson Controls for the work that they have done toward transforming the village into a smarter, healthier, safer and more sustainable place.