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Canandaigua Among 23 Communities Recognized for Climate Efforts

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that 23 local governments have achieved certification in the Climate Smart Communities program. This initiative supports local actions to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainability. Among these, the city of Canandaigua has been awarded the prestigious silver certification, the highest level available.

“These communities are leading the way in promoting sustainability and reducing pollution,” said Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar. “Their efforts are vital to supporting Governor Hochul’s mission to cut greenhouse gas emissions and advance clean energy for all New Yorkers.”

To become certified, communities must complete various projects that improve their resilience to climate change. This round includes 22 bronze certifications and one silver. Canandaigua, first certified in 2019, has completed significant projects, including greenhouse gas inventories and installing solar-powered charging ports, thanks to grants totaling nearly $390,000 from the DEC.