Buffalo, NY—Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that Buffalo has submitted its application to become a designated Clean Energy Community by New York State. After the adoption of the Administration’s Energy Benchmarking Resolution, sponsored by Councilmembers Ulysees Wingo and Mitch Nowakowski, Buffalo has now completed the necessary action steps to achieve this new designation.
Mayor Brown said, “When I made a commitment to make Buffalo a climate refuge city there was an inherent commitment to take steps that will help mitigate against the worst impacts of global climate change. Our application to become a Clean Energy Community, and setting the goal of becoming a silver-certified Climate Smart Community within the upcoming fiscal year, are measurable steps signifying the City of Buffalo’s progress towards combatting global climate change and being a leader in protecting Buffalo’s most vulnerable residents from the worst impacts of our changing climate.”
In September of 2019, the City of Buffalo received its bronze-level Climate Smart Community certification from New York State. Over the last year and a half, the Administration has worked to adopt additional strategies that promote environmental justice, a greener economy, and a decarbonized infrastructure. Becoming a designated Clean Energy Community is one of the action steps the City needs to complete in its push to achieve the silver certification and therefore its application represents a critical milestone in implementing Mayor Brown’s overall climate strategy.
An additional step the City is taking to achieve silver certification status will be the completion of a climate vulnerability study currently being undertaken by the Buffalo Sewer Authority. This study is critical to identifying resiliency strategies that are needed to help make Buffalo more prepared as our climate changes. A vital component of the vulnerability study is engaging the public through the community’s completion of a survey tool that has been designed to gauge their awareness and feelings around areas of the City that may be sensitive to a changing climate and the City’s plans to make adaptations to limit the negative impact. Residents can log onto https://raincheckbuffalo.org/climate-change/ to complete the survey and the City will accept submissions over the next four weeks.
Councilmember Wingo said, “It is so important to know the value of our planet and to take the necessary steps to protect our environment and endangered species. Not only for now but for future generations.”
Council Member Nowakowski said, “By creating an energy audit policy for municipal buildings in the City of Buffalo, we can better understand our energy use in city-owned and managed buildings. This is an important step to learning how we can systematically combat the effects of climate change on our city. I am proud to have co-sponsored the resolution to create this policy and encourage everyone to consider how they can affect change in their neighborhoods too. We only have one Earth; let's protect it.”
To learn more about Buffalo’s climate actions visit: https://climatesmart.ny.gov/actions-certification/participating-communities/