Town and Village of Cazenovia Climate Action Plan
town and village established a goal for Cazenovia to reduce overall
greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by the year 2025
Part of NY Climate Action Plan whose goal is
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% (below the levels emitted in 1990)
by the year 2050.
The objectives of the Climate Action Plan
Present information on emission reduction projects and programs that are
currently being implemented in Cazenovia;
(2) Provide municipal elected officials,
community leaders, and residents with information and support to advance
these and additional energy sustainability programs throughout the community;
(3) Identify opportunities for new emission
reduction programs and initiatives; and
(4) Engage and encourage local participation
Strategy Goals for 2025
for Low-Carbon Transportation, Convert to higher efficiency vehicles:
carpooling/vanpooling, Expand Bicycling Infrastructure, Expand pedestrian
infrastructure, Increase bus ridership to and from school, Provide bicycles
for daily trips (bike share)
Increase the use of
community vehicle fleet to more energy efficient vehicles including electric,
hybrid, and biodiesel.
efficiency and reduce emissions from buildings.
energy efficiency and reduce emissions from building. Energy efficiency retrofits of existing
facilities: update HVAC , weatherization, energy efficient lighting and
sensors, Energy Star appliances,
Municipal light sensors,
Municipal Power-Down at Night Policy, and Low-flow faucets and
Promote business energy conservation through
Increase use of
and commercial geothermal heat pumps, and solar.
Decrease the waste
and yard waste composting, Enhance curbside recycling.
Plant trees for
carbon storage and energy savings.
sustainable agricultural practices
the benefits of soil management practices on emissions: nitrogen management
practices, efficient farm equipment, and renewable energy opportunities on
farm properties emissions.
and enhance the farmland in Cazenovia which comprises 30%of the town's land.
in Cazenovia have begun to take both mitigative and
adaptive actions. Approximately 50% of the farms in Cazenovia participate in
Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) Agriculture
Environmental Management (AEM) program, an incentive-based program that helps
farmers make cost-effective and science-based decisions to meet business
Agricultural lands currently comprise 30% of
the land in Cazenovia. The Town of Cazenovia has established goals for the
protection and enhancement of farmland and natural resources in the
Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. Over 1,800 acres of farmland in
Cazenovia is protected from development and the Cazenovia Preservation
Foundation recently received funding from New York State to purchase the
development rights for 500 additional acres.
Central School district: -New hot
water tanks were installed in the high school, - Insulation, ventilation, and
lighting (LED/T8) upgrades have been installed at the high school; - Energy upgrades within the District have
cut costs by $100,000 on energy bills. -
Daylight harvesting has been installed in the classrooms to offset the
amount of electric lighting needed to light a space. - Energy efficient lighting retrofits were
installed at the bus garage.- Inact climate
mitigation: early storm warning
systems, air-conditioned cooling shelters, storm water control, and policies
that discourage people from building in flood prone areas.
Town of Cazenovia has also inserted storm water diversion ditches to reduce
storm water runoff and pollutants from entering creeks and the lake.
Cazenovia Climate Action Plan