Climate Smart Communities

HVRC provides no-cost technical support to communities interested in NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. This program is aimed at GHG reductions and savings increases through specific Pledge Element Actions. Communities that complete enough actions can then become certified as a CSC and qualify for funding made available through various DEC grant programs. Some CSC actions overlap with High Impact Actions under NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program (CEC), making the points aggregating process that much easier.

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The Team


Carla Castillo, CEC Mid-Hudson Program Manager

Technical support to Towns and Villages in Orange, Rockland, Sullivan Counties; Cities in all Counties*; Mid-Hudson County seats. Carla's Calendly or email


Anilla Cherian, CEC Coordinator

Technical support to Towns & Villages in Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster, Westchester Counties; City of Beacon.* Anilla's Calendly or email.


Chana Friedenberg, Planner

Technical support on HIAs: Benchmarking EPA Portfolio Manager training, LED Street Lights costs analysis, CSC Portal navigation.

CSC Resources

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