Climate Smart 


Bronxville has been awarded Bronze Certification, the first level of achievement in the Climate Smart Communities program. 

Climate Smart Community (CSC) is a New York State program intended to assist municipalities in addressing climate change by identifying concrete steps they can take within a specified framework. In September 2022, Bronxville was awarded Bronze Certification in New York State’s Climate Smart Communities program in recognition of the program actions the Village and Climate Smart Communities Task force completed. Actions completed are listed below. 

Bronze Announcement

On September 2022, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced that Bronxville has been awarded Bronze Certification. 

At the press conference announcing our achievement, which was attended by Bronxville Green Committee Chairs Ellen Edwards and Maria Terjanian, first row, right. Several state officials lauded the achievement, including Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, and CEO of NYSERDA Doreen Harris. 

 Read the governor’s press release, which also links to more detailed information here

Watch Channel 12’s coverage of the public announcement here.

The Road to Bronze

In February 2021, Bronxville’s Village Trustees decided to join the CSC program and passed the Climate Smart Community resolution. The resolution created a Climate Smart Task Force. The CCS Task Force worked for almost 18 months to complete and document twenty Action Steps outlined in the program and accrue 149 points, more than the 120 points needed to achieve this designation. 

To win the Bronze designation, Bronxville completed these Actions Steps, among others:


For details about the Action Steps we took, documentation supporting them, and points awarded, click on Bronxville’s icon on the map found here.

Benefits of Becoming a Climate Smart Community

Meeting Tough Climate Goals 

The Community Leadership and Climate Protection Act (CLCPA) is the law in New York State.  It sets extremely ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making the transition to renewable energy:   

         *85% Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

         *100% zero-emission electricity by 2040

         *70% renewable energy by 2030

Advisory committees are now meeting to determine exactly how we will meet those goals; the New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) will have the authority to enforce whatever legal framework eventually emerges.  By working now to earn points through the Climate Smart Communities program, Bronxville will be best positioned for whatever new legislation emerges from Albany.

Climate Smart Task Force

Helen Knapp, Bronxville Village Trustee

Stephen Shallo, Assistant to Town Administrator Jim Palmer, Climate Smart Coordinator

Ellen Edwards, Chair, Bronxville Green Committee & Climate Smart Task Force

Maria Terjanian, Community Engagement Chair, Bronxville Green Committee

Carole Upshur, Professor Emeritus, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health

University of Massachusetts Medical School