Ulster County earns Silver-level recertification

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KINGSTON – Ulster County has renewed its Silver-level certification in the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities program. That is the highest level of recognition that supports locally-led efforts to meet the economic, social, and environmental challenges posed by climate change.

Ulster was the first county in the state to achieve certification in the Climate Smart Communities program and is one of only three counties in the state that have achieved Silver-level certification. Recertification is required every five years.

Among the efforts accomplished to reach the milestone, the county published a government operations climate action plan and government operations greenhouse gas inventory in 2019.

It has also reduced its greenhouse gases from government facilities. Between 2012 and 2020, it achieved a 24.7 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from county facilities.

Ulster also currently owns and maintains 20 publicly available Level 2 EV charging stations at county facilities. They support the county fleet and are also available to the public.