GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A coalition of Mid-Hudson municipalities, led by Greenburgh, has been awarded nearly $1 million in state funding to create a plan for green communities, the state announced early this week.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has given $865,000 to the municipalities, members of the Cleaner, Greener Communities Program. The consortium of six counties, the town of Greenburgh and area organizations, will use the money to create a “smart growth” plan for regional sustainability in both environmental and economic areas.
Greenburgh, along with Orange County, will lead the planning process for the region and provide required reporting to the state.
“This plan represents a unique opportunity for the region to come together and strengthen the region’s assets in order to create jobs through smarter growth in the seven counties,” Greenburgh Planning Commissioner Thomas Madden said in a press release.
The program was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2011 State of the State address as part of his statewide funding competition that included the creation of regional economic development councils.
The Mid-Hudson coalition, comprising groups such as Dutchess County, Rockland County and Putnam County, is tasked with developing a sustainability plan that encompasses the entire region.
The goal, organizers say, is to give each area the resources needed to reach its vision for a green future.
“This funding is an excellent opportunity for the Mid-Hudson Region to develop a plan that improves environmental quality by reducing air, water and land pollution and improves quality of life through smart growth and sustainable development,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA.
Once the plan is developed, additional funding will be available from the Cleaner, Greener Communities program on a competitive basis to implement projects.
Those projects must create opportunities for achieving carbon reductions, energy efficiency savings and/or renewable energy deployment while enhancing job creation, economic investment and development consistent with the region's strategic plan.