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By Deb Christy, St Lawrence County Trails Coordinator
New York's 2016-2017 enacted budget increases the EPF to $300 million and includes a new climate change mitigation and adaptation account totaling $22 million, including $14 million for a municipal competitive grant program for climate protection activities and municipal rebates for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) and associated infrastructure. The remaining $8 million supports State Vulnerability Assessments, greenhouse gas reductions from the transportation sector and steps to reduce methane emissions, as well as funding for competitive grants to farms to reduce emissions and improve resiliency. Climate Smart Communities Grants The competitive Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Grant Program will provide 50/50 matching grants to municipalities to conduct climate adaptation and mitigation projects. Up to $10.5 million will be distributed for implementation projects that advance the use of natural resiliency measures in climate protection, address risks to climate-vulnerable facilities, conserve or restore riparian areas or tidal marsh migration areas, reduce flood risk, and develop clean transportation networks and programs or facilities for food waste reduction and recycling. In addition, up to $500,000 will be awarded for projects that undertake eligible Climate Smart Communities Certification Actions, with an emphasis on developing future climate adaptation and mitigation implementation projects. The CSC Grant Program will be offered through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/index.cfm). All counties, cities, towns and villages of the State of New York are eligible for funding. No more than 50% of the available funding will go to cities and towns with population size greater than 100,000. Municipal Rebates for ZEVs and Infrastructure The ZEV Municipal Rebate Program will provide rebates toward the cost of eligible infrastructure projects which support the development of clean vehicles (up to $250,000 per facility), and toward the cost of eligible purchases of clean vehicles (up to $5,000). A total of $3,000,000 will be distributed under this program on a first-come, first-served basis. The rebate program is still in development and will not be available through the Consolidated Funding Application. DEC will provide more information about this exciting new program when it becomes available later this year. For More Information • Additional information on the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, and other Climate Smart Communities tools and resources, can be found on the NYSDEC website at http:// www.dec.ny.gov/energy/76483.html or by contacting the Office of Climate Change, 518-402-8448 or email@example.com.
By Angelo Catalano, NYSAC Legislative Intern