Town of Clarkstown Signs the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement
Last week, Supervisor Alex
Gromack and the Clarkstown Town Board unanimously approved a resolution to sign
on to the United States Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.
Under the agreement,
participating cities/towns commit to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7
percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
Clarkstown joins over 600 municipalities across the country.
Supervisor Alex Gromack said, “It
is important that Clarkstown, a leader on many environmental issues, endorse
the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.
It is a commitment to protect our environment for future
Councilwoman Shirley Lasker said,
“I am proud and gratified that Clarkstown has joined the growing list of
cities, counties, towns and villages all across the country that have pledged
to follow the guidelines of the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
The effects of climate change are becoming more evident with each
passing day, and we all must do whatever we can as individuals, families,
homeowners, businesses and municipalities to minimize our effects on the
Clarkstown has been a leader in
the movement to make local governments environmentally responsible. Last year the Town Board signed on to an
energy conservation plan, purchased six hybrid vehicles and used wind generated
electricity. The Town has an open space
program and is in the process of reviewing our Comprehensive Plan with
conservation and land use as a focal point.
Councilwoman Lasker and
Councilman Frank Borelli recently formed a committee to study energy
conservation issues and provide that research to the Town Board. Our Building Department is researching
revisions to the building code to require all new residential buildings to be
built to Energy Star standards.
Supervisor Gromack concluded, “We
have already made great progress in meeting some of the goals of the Mayors
Climate Protection Agreement. Clarkstown
will continue to strive to initiate environmentally friendly policies.”
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