November 1st, 2019 – Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter today announced that the Town of Islip has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.
Announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in August 2016, the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the state by providing grants to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. Clean Energy Communities advance the Governor’s Green New Deal by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its goal of having a carbon-neutral economy as soon as practicable and a carbon-free power grid by 2040.
The Town of Islip received the designation for completing four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative.
“We have worked diligently to achieve this certification. The Town has long been forward thinking in its commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, by way of our WRAP program, and we take great pride in the work we’ve accomplished. With this designation, we will continue building upon our achievements,” said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter.
To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, the Town of Islip completed the following high-impact clean energy actions:
- Adopted a benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the Town’s municipal buildings.
- Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York State Unified Solar Permit.
- Deployed alternative fuel vehicles in the Town’s vehicle fleet.
- Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for code compliance officers and other municipal officials.
Cities, counties, towns and villages that complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions are designated Clean Energy Communities. At least two of the four actions must have been completed after August 1, 2016.
The Clean Energy Communities program on Long Island is offered in partnership with PSEG Long Island. The program is also supported by the Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.