News and Announcements

If you are participating in the Climate Smart Communities Program and would like to add your municipality's events to the Calendar and/or News page, send an email to Columbia County Coordinator Don Meltz. Please include the name of the event, the date and time, the location, and a short description in selectable copy-and-pasteable text. Flyers, Images, and Links to further  information are also welcome.See the examples below to use as a guide.
Posted February 20, 2024

Copake Conservation Advisory Committee & Copake Grange present:

An Introduction to Invasive Species!

Identification and Management

Saturday, March 2, 2024, 3:30 PM

At Copake Grange
628 Empire Road, Copake, NY
(right behind Clock Tower Pub & Grill)

Learn about the emerald ash borer, the hemlock woolly adelgid, Japanese barberry, bittersweet and many other invasive species and what to do about them.

Everyone is welcome to this free talk. Q & A and refreshments afterward!

Speakers include:

Colleen Lutz, assistant biologist with NY Natural Heritage Program

Samantha Schultz, Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator with the DEC’s Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

Posted February 20, 2024

Taghkanic Talks Presents: The 2024 Consumer Energy Forum

The Taghkanic Climate Smart Community Task Force presents another in its series on climate resilience and mitigation efforts in our community. Learn about our Community Solar campaign, the latest developments in heat pumps, what you can do to weatherize your home, and what programs are available to help.

Wednesday February 28th S:30-7:30pm
Taghkanic Firehouse 631 Old Route 82 Taghkanic
Free Pizza provided by JoJo's Pizza
Free raffle for multiple Williams Lumber gift cards

Posted January 2024

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County has announced their 2024 extended course: Master Composter/Recycler!

Khila Pecoraro will be teaching this course to those interested in a more in-depth conversation around sustainable materials management. This course is open to residents of the Capital Region and the application period closes February 16th. Most of the course will be taught online to increase accessibility for those interested but unable to travel. Khila would appreciate those of you in and around the Capital Region (and beyond!) sharing this with anyone you think may be interested.

The flyer with course information and application link is attached.

Posted January 2024

Capital Region GHG Dashboard

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) has developed a Regional Greenhouse Gas Dashboard. The dashboard currently features data from CDRPC’s 2010 Capital Region Community GHG Inventory. The dashboard allows you to choose a community or county and see energy usage, cost, and emissions data by sector and source. 

As part of the Capital Region Climate Action Plan initiative a new updated inventory will be created in 2024 which will be added to the dashboard.

The data is downloadable  for use in your municipality's GHG inventory, through a link on the dashboard.

See the download link on the right side of the "tableau" toolbar:

Posted November 2023

Columbia County is hosting a Climate Forum

December 2nd, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Columbia Greene College.

Residents can register for the event at:

There will be short presentations from the panelists with an opportunity for questions from attendees.

In addition to the panelists, there will be informational tables representing the following groups:

Posted October 2023

Columbia County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Location:  Columbia County Commerce Park
50 Grandinetti Drive, Ghent, New York

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Click HERE for information on what to bring! 

Check the Columbia County Solid Waste website for the latest information

Story of Place and Vulnerability Survey

Columbia County residents are invited to take a public survey

As Columbia County continues creating a Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Plan, we need your input. Please fill out the short survey we’ve linked to below and tell us about what community assets and environmental impacts are important to you, what hazards you have experienced, and what is at risk in your community.

Help build a brighter and better Columbia County today!

Take the Columbia County Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Plan Survey

If your organization is interested in promoting this survey you can download and distribute a printable poster.

A paper version of the survey can be printed for use at your event. Please let Audrey Kropp know what events you plan to table with the survey so she can make arrangements to collect the completed paper surveys.

Posted June-28-2023

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan Webinar

We will be holding a Public Educational Webinar for the Columbia County CARP on June 28th from 12-1pm (recording will be available).  The webinar will provide education on climate adaptation planning and the impacts of climate change, as well as inform the communities about the Columbia County CARP process and announce the first of two public surveys.  This survey will help to gather input for the Story of Place and Vulnerability Assessment components of the CARP.

Posted April-21-2023    

Columbia County is Certified Bronze!

The announcement was made on April 21st that Columbia County, along with 6 other Columbia County municipalities, and 12 others state-wide, are now certified bronze Climate Smart Communities. Read the official press release.


New Task Force Bylaws

At their February 2023 meeting, the Columbia County Board of Supervisors adopted a new set of bylaws under which the Task Force will operate. These bylaws define the membership of the Task Force and how vacancies are filled, outline its day-to-day operations, and describe the duties of the Chairman, the Coordinator, and county staff.

One notable addition to these bylaws is the ability for any town, city, or village in the county to have a voting member appointed to the Task Force. If you are interested in becoming involved with the County CSC Task Force and you don't see a representative from your municipality listed on our Members page,  please let us know and we can guide you through the process.