Climate Smart

The Shandaken Town Board believes that climate change poses a real and increasing threat to our local and global environments, and is committed to building a climate-smart community.  This page documents our ongoing climate related actions, as well as actions you can take as a citizen. 

FREE! Home Energy Assessment Programs – Link to > NYSERDA
It’s time to take control of your energy bill and live more comfortably in your home. It all starts with a no cost home energy assessment conducted by participating residential auditors. The assessment, also referred to as an energy audit, provides you with a top-to-bottom look at where your home is wasting energy. You will learn the root cause of any drafts, inconsistent temperatures, heating and cooling system failures, or other problems you may be experiencing.

Actions Taken

06/20/2016         Creation of Town Flood Maps

10/02/2016         Passed the Climate Smart Community Resolution

12/11/2018         Update to Town’s Flood Mitigation Plan

07/20/2020         Town Resolved to replace all town street lights with efficient LED lights

06/14/2021         Town received a Community Rating System Class 8 designation in the National Flood Insurance Program

03/07/2022         Conservation Advisory Council created and name as town’s Climate Smart Task Force Adopted Local Law #1-2022 Conservation Advisory Council

05/24/2022         Town project to convert all streetlights to efficient LED lights completed.

06/06/2022         Named a Climate Smart Community Coordinator

08/09/2022         Creation of Climate Smart Webpage to document our activities

12/19/2022          Completed Greenhouse Gas Inventory Summary Report 2022

6/5/2022               Town of Shandaken Climate Education and Engagement Strategy Guide

1/2/2024               Government Operations Climate Action Plan

1/5/2024              Food Waste Program Initiation

2/29/2024               Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

Get Involved

  • Attend Conservation Advisory Council Meetings, 3rd Monday @ 6:30
  • Submit climate/sustainability suggestions to:

Climate Resources

Adopted 3/7/22 –  Conservation Advisory Council Local Law #1-2022

Members appointed 4/4/2022 – Bethia Waterman (resident), Bruce Barry (resident), Robert Cruickshank (resident), Mary Herrmann (resident), Angel Molina (resident). Alternate Members: MJ Reiss (resident), Catherine Del Tufo (resident),  & Mike Cioffi. (resident) appointed 1/16/23 Caleb Frank (resident).

Ex-officio members: The Town Supervisor -Peter Disclafani, Town Board members Robert Drake – Kevin VanBlarcum – Elizabeth Kneissl – Kyle Steen, Chair of the Planning Board – Cliff Rabuffo, Chair of the ZBA – Mark Loete, Highway Superintendent – Eric Hofmeister, Building/ Zoning Department Head – Donna LeMoine.

Meetings are held 3rd Monday of the Month at 6:30 pm – 1 st meeting was 4/25/22  2023 Meeting Minutes