Climate Smart Communities

Climate Smart Task Force

Task Force Members

  • Michael E. Stegmeier, Climate Smart Coordinator
  • Mayor Lynne Ruda, Committee Chair
  • William Cansdale
  • Jason Kulaszewski
  • Shawn Marshall
  • John Mikoley
  • Gavin O’Brien
  • Kristen Shelly
  • Isaac Szymanski

The Village of Lancaster is a Climate Smart Community

On June 27, 2016, the Village of Lancaster passed resolution 117, pledging to become a Climate Smart Community. Climate Smart Communities acknowledge the legitimate threat posed by climate change. These communities understand they have a responsibility to calculate and mitigate their impact on the climate, alleviate their reliance on fossil fuels and other limited resources, and to enhance the community’s resilience to the impacts of global climate change. See New York State’s Climate Smart Communities website for more information.

Since the original pledge, the Village of Lancaster has completed over 20 specific actions toward those goals. In the Summer of 2022, the Village joined Erie County, the City of Buffalo, and the Town of Grand Island as a Climate Smart Certified Community by earning its Bronze Certification. The Village was one of just 91 Bronze Certified communities across New York State at that time. Through Bronze Certification, New York State acknowledges that the Village of Lancaster is a committed leader in climate action, and it opens the door to additional resources to be used toward the commitments stated in that original resolution.

Climate Action

The Road to Bronze Certification

A community may apply for Bronze Certification after completing a number of Actions showing its commitment to its Climate Smart Communities Pledge. Each Action is assigned a point value by New York State, and a community must accumulate 120 points to apply for Bronze Certification. The Village of Lancaster’s application contained actions worth 139 points total. The Village’s Certification Report on New York State’s Climate Smart Communities website details each of those actions and the points alloted.

There’s More Work to be Done

Achieving Bronze Certification was a step toward further action. To continue to set and meet climate change mitigation and resilience goals, the Village of Lancaster Climate Smart Task Force is open to residents of the Village with expertise in climate and environmental related matters or even a passion for creating a more climate conscious community. The Task Force meets quarterly at the Village Municipal Building (see Event Calendar for the next meeting), and all interested parties are welcome to attend. The next level of certification, Silver, requires 300 total points worth of Climate Smart Actions, and it is achievable if we continue to work together.

Climate Reporting

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report