On November 13, 2023, the Trustees of the Village of Bronxville adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Municipal Operations.
What is the Climate Action Plan?
The Climate Action Plan for Municipal Operations outlines action steps for the Trustees to consider that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions that come from government operations and contribute to climate change. It addresses four sectors: transportation, buildings, natural resources, and waste. It is designed to meet the goals of the 2019 New York State climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). This legislation targets a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from municipalities by 2030.
Municipalities must first undertake a detailed analysis of their emissions. In 2022, Bronxville completed its first Municipal GHG Inventory, an emissions analysis report based on 2018 data. The report estimates that operations in 2018 produced 765 mega tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e) emissions.*
Why has the Village undertaken climate action planning and goal setting?
Adopting a CAP is a priority action step in the New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program. In September 2022 Bronxville received the first level, Bronze Certification, in the CSC Program, joining 132 other communities that have received recognition for making significant progress in addressing sustainability and climate change. The Village seeks to build on this initial success. Our goal is to reach the next level of achievement in the program—Silver Certification. Learn more about our Village’s certification HERE.
What is Bronxville’s goal and how will we get there?
The CAP goal is to reduce Bronxville municipal emissions to 457 MT CO2e by 2030 by targeting the biggest sources of emissions from buildings, street lighting, and fleet operations, and implementing numerous smaller climate friendly actions that will contribute to the overall sustainability and climate resilience of the community.
What other actions have been proposed?
The CAP evaluates the overall operations of the Village with an eye to using energy more efficiently and preserving natural resources. It seeks to address key climate challenges such as flooding, heat, and air pollution. Recommendations include an environmentally preferred purchasing policy, water conservation efforts, green infrastructure, tree preservation and waste reduction.
Will this cost the Village money?
The proposals in the CAP are proposals only. Over the coming months, the Trustees will consider each proposal with the careful analysis that they bring to all projects. The public will have a chance to learn about the proposals in detail and offer their comments. Price fluctuations, rapid technological advancements, and future climate impacts will all contribute to the Trustees’ decisions over the coming years. In situations where there may be an additional upfront cost, such as electrifying our vehicle fleet, actual costs are quickly offset by savings in maintenance and energy costs.