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Sodus gets new climate smart recognition for efforts to go green

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that a Wayne County village has received the esteemed Bronze Level Certification in the state’s Climate Smart Communities Program.

The award is in recognition of eight years of Sodus’ efforts to implement policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing climate resilience, and saving money.

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The village, already named a Clean Energy Community by the state five years ago, seeks to further its commitment to fiscal responsibility and sustainability, targeting the Silver Level Certification next.

Key initiatives credited to the village by the state include the establishment of a climate smart advisory board, a system for tracking and reducing village energy usage over time, installation of LED streetlights and LED lighting systems at the Sodus Municipal Building, new policies for solar permitting and energy efficiency in new construction, and a framework for continuous climate action planning.

These are among more than 30 Climate Smart Community initiatives that the village has executed to lay the groundwork for a sustainable and fiscally responsible future.