Climate Smart Task Force

Global Climate Change, Local Climate Action

For the past several decades, the scientific community has presented evidence to support the understanding that the planet is experiencing shifts in climate patterns and rising global temperatures. In Warren County, the consequences of a warming planet are already being felt; they namely include the frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation events and heat waves.

Recognizing the overwhelming importance of protecting and conserving our natural resources and infrastructure, Warren County leaders are taking steps to become a more climate resilient community.

Climate Smart Communities

The New York State Climate Smart Communities Program was first introduced in 2009 to provide local governments with guidance and funding to undertake local actions to mitigate the contribution of greenhouse gas emissions and adapt local infrastructure and operations to the impacts of global climate change.

On June 24, 2019, the Warren County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the Climate Smart Communities Pledge and become a Registered Climate Smart Community. This designation demonstrates a commitment by county leadership to advance actions that mitigate influencing factors of global climate change and reduce their anticipated impacts.

On August 16, 2019, the Warren Board of Supervisors appointed members to Warren County Climate Smart Task Force. The purpose of this diverse group will be to prioritize actions and improvements that support a more climate resilient community.

Climate Smart Coordinator

The Climate Smart Coordinator serves as a point of contact for the Climate Smart Communities Program and will facilitate project implementation. Currently, the Warren County Planning Department's Assistant County Planner serves as the Climate Smart Coordinator. Contact information for the Climate Smart Coordinator is below:

Chris Belden, AICP
Warren County Department of Planning & Community Development
1340 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845
(518) 761-6553
Contact by E-mail

Climate Smart Task Force

The Warren County Climate Smart Task Force was established to assist with development of strategies and actions to take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve community infrastructure and systems in an effort to become more resilient to the impacts of global climate change.

Meetings of the Task Force are open to the public. Information about upcoming and past meetings can be found below:

Task Force Meeting Documents

Climate Smart Communities Program Certification

The Climate Smart Communities Program identifies specific actions for communities to complete that work toward statewide goals to minimize the impacts and contributions to global climate change. Communities that make concerted efforts to undertake these certification actions receive recognition by the State of New York. By completing enough qualifying actions, communities will become Certified Bronze, Silver, or Gold.

Climate Smart Documents