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Lodi achieves ‘Climate Smart’ status through New York State program

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The town of Lodi has been recognized this week for its outstanding efforts in combating climate change, securing a bronze certification in New York State’s Climate Smart Communities program.

The recognition, announced by the Governor, underscores Lodi’s proactive approach to embracing environmental challenges.

Notably, Lodi stands out as the first municipality in Seneca County to achieve this certification. The town has been proactive, especially in the wake of significant flooding, by working collaboratively with various agencies to bolster its defenses against climate change impacts.

Kyle Lovell, Seneca County’s Manager, praised Lodi’s endeavors, highlighting the town’s significant strides despite its small size.

The town’s comprehensive measures have included infrastructure modifications, community engagement, and the formation of a task force in 2021 spearheaded by Lodi Town Board member, Seth Thomas.

This collective approach involved multiple local entities, including the Lodi Highway Department, Lodi Library, and Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, among others. Nestled on Seneca Lake’s eastern shore, Lodi boasts a population of 1,500 and is renowned for its flourishing agricultural businesses and acclaimed wineries.