Clean Energy Communities
The Town of New Castle believes that climate change poses a real and increasing threat to our local and global environments which is primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels. The effects of climate change will endanger our infrastructure, economy and livelihoods; harm our farms, orchards, and ecological communities, including native fish and wildlife populations; spread invasive species and exotic diseases; reduce drinking water supplies and recreational opportunities; and pose health threats to our citizens. The Town’s response to climate change provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to save money, and to build livable, energy-independent and secure communities, vibrant innovation economies, healthy and safe schools, and resilient infrastructures.
The Town of New Castle is incredibly proud to have been the first community of its size range in the state and the first of all municipalities in Westchester County to receive the Climate Smart Communities designation in 2008. The designation highlights the importance placed on climate change mitigation, clean energy and sustainability in New Castle since 2008, when the Town became the first municipality in New York State to take the Climate Smart Communities Pledge.
Since 2008 New Castle has been working with our partners at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC); Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); New York State Department of Public Service; New York State Department of State; New York State Department of Transportation; New York State Department of Health, and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) moving forward implementing programs and projects that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click the links to learn how.