Our Work

What We’ve Accomplished

We see climate and weather chaos as a challenge but also an opportunity.  Here’s what we’re doing to seize on that.

In March 2022, the Town of Austerlitz became a bronze certified Climate Smart Community.

In January 2022, the Town of Austerlitz became #2 of all the towns in the Capital Region in the Clean Energy Communities program.

The Austerlitz Town Hall Uses Heat Pumps

The town adopted a Unified Solar Permit, which simplifies the solar permit process for homeowners.

Conducted planning to right sized town culverts for improved wildlife migration and flooding prevention.

Installed electric car charging station in Town Hall parking lot.

Completed a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory of Austerlitz Town Operations in order to draw down town emissions and increase town air quality.  The town has also completed a municipal buildings energy benchmarking analysis.

Created a hazard mitigation plan (in participation with Columbia County) to increase safety for residents.

Became a certified NYSERDA Clean Energy Community (CEC) (2019).

Employed DeeAnn Veeder as Climate Smart Task Force Coordinator, from March 2021-July 2021 with grant from anonymous Austerlitz donor.  Thank you for your awesome work, DeeAnn!

Installed solar panels on Town garage in 2020.

Planted 25 seedlings along the stream in the Austerlitz town park (behind Austerlitz Fire House) with DEC’s Buffer in a Bag program.

WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON NOW

We are now working toward achieving Bronze level certification as a Climate Smart Community.

 

Organizing a solarize campaign

(Residents will soon be able to opt to switch to solar with an Austerlitz Town Board vetted, locally operated solar array.)

 

Making compost bins available to residents 

 

Conserving natural areas 

 

Building local institutional partnerships

 

Pursuing grants for further rightsizing of culverts & dams 

 

Researching an environmentally preferred purchasing policy for our town 

 

A waste reduction education campaign

 

Placing recycling bins in gov buildings

Parallel efforts

We applaud the work of our neighboring towns, cities and counties. We are honored to be a part of this network and grateful for the efforts of others. Their work strengthens ours. Click here for a list of local climate websites.