Welcome to the Dutchess County Climate Action Planning Institute!
On this site you will find information related to your 16-month CAPI program. At any time, if you are not sure what you should be working on, you can refer back to this web site for guidance.
- For CAPI programmatic or administrative assistance, please contact Mary Lambert: email@example.com, 845-595-8684. Schedule a virtual meeting with Mary.
- For CAPI technical assistance: please contact Kale Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-464-3682. Schedule a virtual meeting with Kale.
The Climate Action Planning Institute (CAPI) is a facilitated, collaborative working group through which a select group of local governments develop individual government operations greenhouse gas emissions inventories (“GOGHGI”) and government operations climate action plans (“GOCAP”).
The Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) in partnership with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), will be leading Dutchess CAPI. Nine municipalities will together take a collaborative approach to climate mitigation and help bring State funding to the region for important projects.
- Dutchess County
- City of Beacon
- City of Poughkeepsie
- Town of Amenia
- Town of Pleasant Valley
- Town of Poughkeepsie
- Town of Rhinebeck
- Village of Rhinebeck
- Village of Wappingers Falls
2023 Cohort Meeting Schedule: Dutchess CAPI Cohort Meetings will be held on: January 18th, February 15th, March 15th, April 19th, May 17th, June 21st, July 19th, August 16th, September 20th, October 18th, November 15th.
2024 Cohort Meeting Schedule: January 17th, February 21st, March 20th, April 17th.
This in-person Kick-off meeting covered the basics of a government operations greenhouse gas inventory and government operations climate action plan, as well as an overview of the CAPI process, timeline, and benefits. It was an opportunity to meet the other cohort participants and engage with and ask questions to your CAPI leaders. Project management and match tracking were covered. Click here for more detail.
This meeting covered Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GOGHGI) including emissions factors, emission scopes, global warming potentials, and data sectors. The main focus was the data gathering process by sector, including a more detailed review of how to collect data for each sector and the sample data request templates. Climate Smart Communities (CSC) requirements and outreach and engagement planning were also covered. Click here for more detail.
This meeting covered a sector-by-sector deep dive into ICLEI's excel workbook and a synopsis of data related questions and answers that have come up to date. Also covered: an overview of climate communications, i.e. effective ways to package and communicate climate-related data for broader audiences. Lastly, the municipalities shared experiences, challenges, and lessons learned in small group cohort breakout rooms. Click here for more detail.
This meeting covered a sector-by-sector deep dive into ICLEI's Clear Path tool. The Town of North East/Village of Millerton also presented on how their Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventories informed their joint Government Operations Climate Action Plan. Recent inventory related questions and answers were covered, and participants discussed how their inventories were progressing in small group breakout rooms. Click here for more detail.
This meeting covered tips and guidance for ICLEI's government operations GHG inventory (GOGHGI) report template, as well as a review of example GOGHGIs from neighboring municipalities. The municipalities discussed progress in breakout rooms and frequently asked questions and answers from office hours were shared. Click here for more detail.
Municipalities who had competed their inventories in ClearPath shared results at this meeting. Michelle Gluck from Ulster County also presented on Ulster County's Government Operations GHG inventory and Climate Action Plan. The Village of Rhinebeck and the Village of Wappingers Falls presented their inventory results. An introduction to forecasting in ICLEI's ClearPath tool was also covered in this meeting. Click here for more detail.
The Cohort heard inventory presentations from the Town of Pleasant Valley, the Town of Amenia, and the City of Poughkeepsie. Cohort participants engaged in a high impact action brainstorming and prioritization exercise. Click here for more detail.
Municipal emissions inventories were presented by the Town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, and the City of Beacon. Caroline from ICLEI presented on the ClearPath emissions forecasting wizard to forecast a Business as Usual (BAU) forecast. Mary went over the Outreach and Engagement Planning doc and reviewed frequently asked questions. Click here for more detail.
Government operations climate action plan (GOCAP) goals, objectives and high impact strategies were covered, as well as useful resources and planning tools for drafting a GOCAP. Click here for more detail.
Caroline reviewed the business-as-usual forecast and how to model reduction measures in ClearPath. Cohort participants engaged in a high impact action prioritization exercise, as well as a discussion on stakeholder engagement. Click here for more detail.
*In-person Meeting* The Village of Rhinebeck will be presenting on reduction measure modeling in ClearPath. Cohort participants will engage in a stakeholder engagement exercise. Kale will be discussing climate communications in greater depth. Click here for more detail.
Guest presenter Carole Upshur spoke (on Zoom) about the Village of Bronxville's Government Operations Climate Action Plan. Continued guidance was provided on the Climate Action Plan template and reduction measure modelling in ClearPath.
- Local Government Operations Protocol for GHG accounting and reporting (2010)
- New York Community Regional GHG Inventory Guidance (2015)
- Lets Talk Communities and Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders
- ICLEI Climate Communications: Elevate Your Community's Story
- 6 Ways to Make Climate Communications Less Awful
- Background on CAPI Adaptation
- New York - State Climate Summaries 2022 (ncics.org)
- Why the U.S. Northeast Coast Is a Global Warming Hot Spot | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (columbia.edu)
- Energy Efficiency in Local Government Operations
- Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities
- NYSERDA's Water and Wastewater Energy Management Best Practices
Program resources for CAPI Part 1 (Greenhouse Gas Inventory)
- CAPI Cohort Capabilities Guide
- CAPI Questionnaire
- CAPI Checklist and FAQ
- CAPI Flyer from the Village of Pelham
- Inventory Results Presentation Template
- Checklist for Inventory Report
Program resources for CAPI Part 2 (Climate Action Plan)
- ClearPath Climate Planner's Forecasting and Planning Wizard Demo Video
- Wizard Guidance for Dutchess County for the ClearPath Forecasting Tool
- Climate Action Plan Guide
- Public Outreach and Engagement Plan Template
- Stakeholder Meetings Guide
- GOCAP Strategies Workbook
- GOCAP Strategies Workbook - Blank
- Video tutorial of modeling emissions reductions from solar using the solar photovoltaic calculator in Clearpath
- Stakeholder Presentation Template
- Resolution Template to Adopt GOCAP
Examples of Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reports
- City of Beacon 2019 Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Village of New Paltz 2019 Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- San Mateo County 2005 Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- New Castle Government Operations GHG Emission Inventory Report (2005 baseline)
- Philipstown Government Operations GHG Emissions Inventory (2020 baseline year)
- The Village of Rhinebeck Inventory of Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Emissions for FY 2019
Examples of Government Operations Climate Action Plans
- Town of Gardiner, NY (16 pages)
- Town of Saugerties, NY (24 pages)
- City of Tempe, AZ (61 pages)
- City of Columbia, MO (65 pages)
Visual Aids: Infographics Templates and Data Visualizations
Dutchess CAPI has been funded in part by the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Projection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.