Climate Smart Communities

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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.

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.

Task Force Members

  • Michael E. Stegmeier, Climate Smart Coordinator
  • Mayor Lynne Ruda, Committee Chair
  • Amy Stypa, Sustainability Coordinator/ CCE Coordinator
  • Wayne Cisco
  • Jason Kulaszewski
  • John Mikoley
  • Gavin O’Brien
  • Kristen Shelly
  • Isaac Szymanski

Climate Smart News

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Free Paint Recycling Event at UB June 22nd

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Completion of the Final Climate Resilience Plan Report

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Request for Community Feedback: Village of Lancaster Climate Resilience Plan

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Join Us for a Discussion on Climate Resilience!

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Free Paint Recycling Event at ECC North Campus May 4th

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Farmer Pirates Compost@ Lancaster Municipal Building is OPEN!

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Household Hazardous Waste

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Farmer Pirates Compost- Neighborhood Drop Off Service

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Clean Energy Community

As a part of our commitment to sustainability, the Village of Lancaster is participating as part of NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Round 3.0.

By completing a series of high-impact initiatives, Lancaster not only earns recognition but also becomes eligible for grant funding to further bolster its clean energy endeavors. These actions range from implementing energy-efficient measures to promoting renewable energy adoption within the community. As Lancaster earns points for each completed action, it gets closer to higher designations and more substantial grant awards. To date, the Village of Lancaster has completed 10 high impact actions for a total of 2,900 points. The Village is ranked second in the region and one of only eight Advanced Communities in the region. Lancaster is a designated one-star community and will soon earn the two-star status! This tiered approach not only encourages sustained engagement but also rewards communities for their dedication to advancing clean energy objectives.

The program provides municipalities like Lancaster with the necessary tools and resources to effect change. Whether it’s through streamlined access to grant funding or ongoing support from dedicated coordinators, the program empowers local municipalities to take tangible actions.  The program offers a customizable approach that allows Lancaster to tailor its involvement based on its specific circumstances. Through the updated Clean Energy Communities program, Lancaster finds itself in a prime position to enhance the community through targeted clean energy endeavors.

For a more comprehensive understanding of the Clean Energy Communities program and its impact, consider visiting the program’s website.

Climate Reporting

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

Climate Resilience Plan 

Tree City USA


WNY Clean Energy Hub

The Western New York Regional Clean Energy Hub is a non-profit, community-based energy efficiency and clean energy program serving Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties. We advise individuals, small businesses, and whole communities on resources that they can access to make their homes more energy efficient and clean energy ready.

PUSH Green

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper protects and restores our water and surrounding ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

BN Waterkeeper

WNY Stormwater Coalition

The Western New York Stormwater Coalition (WNYSC) is a forum for these regulated communities to share resources and work in partnership toward compliance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Phase II Stormwater requirements.

The overall goal of the Coalition is to utilize regional collaboration to identify existing resources and develop programs to reduce the negative impacts of stormwater pollution. The purpose of the public outreach website is to enhance public knowledge and awareness of stormwater pollution and provide information to individuals and households to prevent stormwater pollution and protect water quality.

WNY Stormwater Coalition

Community Solar-NYSERDA

How Does Community Solar Work?
Community solar is a group of solar panels with access to the local electricity grid. Once the panels are turned on and generating electricity, clean energy from the site feeds into the local power grid.
Solar Project Depending on the size and number of panels the project has, dozens or even hundreds of renters and homeowners can save money from the electricity that is generated by the project. By subscribing to a project, you earn credits on your electric bill every month from your portion of the solar that’s generated by the project, accessing the benefits of solar without installing panels on your home.

NYSERDA Community Solar

Charge NY- Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations

Charge NY is New York State’s initiative to get more electric cars and trucks on the road.

Electric vehicles (EVs) save money and reduce air pollution. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, EVs are more energy efficient and cost about 50 to 70 percent less to operate per mile. Charge NY is helping accelerate electric car sales, which have surpassed 30,000 since 2011. The State is focused on raising awareness of technology and supporting the installation of more charging stations to make it easy to travel anywhere in New York in an electric car.

Charge NY can help you get started. Browse our pages further to find rebates, incentives, tax credits, charging stations, infrastructure installation options, and more

Charge NY

WaterSense EPA

WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is both a label for water-efficient products and a resource for helping you save water.

WasteSense EPA

Recycling and Waste Reduction

Farmer Pirates Compost

Extreme Heat Preparedness

Rising temperatures can impact our health. Learn how to keep you and your family safe during extreme heat days.

Heat Education Newsletter

Extreme Heat Resources

Stay Cool Erie County



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