(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the City of Binghamton as a certified Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the first city in the Southern Tier to be designated.
“I’m proud that Binghamton has been recognized by NYSERDA for its commitment to clean energy and protecting our environment,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “These projects are good for taxpayers and support our collective efforts to address climate change. Elected officials — especially mayors — must take the lead when it comes to building the sustainable infrastructure of the future to reducing carbon emissions. In a few short years, we’ve been able to establish Binghamton as an innovative leader in green initiatives.”
The Clean Energy Communities initiative recognizes municipalities that complete four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions. To earn the designation, Binghamton converted all city street lights to energy efficient LED technology, installed an electric vehicle (EV) charging station, completed energy code enforcement training, and streamlined the approval process for local solar projects. Binghamton is now eligible to apply for $250,000 in grants to fund additional clean energy projects. All high-impact actions were completed since 2014.
In addition to the Clean Energy Community action items, Mayor David has advanced a number of clean energy and green projects to save taxpayer dollars and reduce the City’s carbon footprint.
In March 2017, Binghamton was named a $1 million winner of the NY Prize Microgrid competition, to develop a sustainable energy production network in the event of a natural disaster.
The City is advancing development of a hydroelectric facility at Rockbottom Dam, first announced during Mayor David’s 2017 State of the City Address. The City has a pending grant application to install a green roof at City Hall, to decrease storm water runoff by 835,000 gallons and reduce building cooling costs. In 2016, Mayor David pledged to plant 3,000 shade trees by 2022 to reduce energy costs and clean the air. In 2015, Mayor David signed legislation to ease regulations linked to EV charging stations and incentivized developers to include installations in new construction projects.
NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton joined Lt. Governor Hochul to present Mayor David the Clean Energy Community award.
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