(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David Friday accepted a 2018 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award, Honorable Mention, from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) for Binghamton’s LED steetlight conversion project.
The winners were announced today during the Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards luncheon, which was held in conjunction with USCM’s 86th Annual Meeting in Boston.
“The LED streetlight project is good for taxpayers and supported our collective efforts to address climate change,” said Mayor David. “Across the country, mayors are taking the lead when it comes to building the sustainable infrastructure of the future to reduce carbon emissions. In a few short years, we’ve been able to establish Binghamton as an innovative leader in green initiatives.”
The $4.7 million project to convert roughly 7,000 streetlights to LED technology upgraded the city’s infrastructure, saved electricity costs, reduced carbon emissions and provided better quality lighting in neighborhoods. Each year, the city will save 3,160,477 kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy over the previous high-pressure sodium streetlights. That translates to a reduction of three million pounds of carbon emissions each year.
Full descriptions of the 2018 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award winning programs can be found at: www.usmayors.org/climateprotection/2018awards
The LED streetlight project joins a number of green initiatives under Mayor David, including:
- In 2017, Binghamton was named a NYSERDA Clean Energy Community — the first City in the Southern Tier — and received a $250,000 grant to support green initiatives.
- In 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 a $1.6 million project to install a green roof at City Hall, to decrease storm water runoff by 835,000 gallons and reduce cooling costs.
- The City is studying development of a hydroelectric facility at Rockbottom Dam, first announced during Mayor David’s 2017 State of the City Address.
- In 2016, Mayor David streamlined the approval and permitting process for local solar projects.
- 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 incentivize developers to include installations in new construction projects.
Photo caption from left: Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, S.C. and U.S. Conference of Mayors President; Binghamton Mayor Richard C. David; Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc; Tom Cochran, U.S. Conference of Mayors Executive Director.
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