Ahead of the Curve: Watervliet, NY Adopts a Cutting-Edge Climate Action Plan

 By Mayor Mike Manning, Watervliet, NY

I’m happy to report that the Watervliet, NY, City Council has adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The Plan, made possible by a $2,500 grant from the Community Catalyst Fund, creates a framework for increasing the effectiveness of the Watervliet Sustainability Working Group (WSWG) by monitoring and evaluating the city’s efforts at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.

 WSWG was founded in 2009 to advise the city on further developing sustainable and practical strategies that can help Watervliet take strides toward diminishing its impact on the environment. I believe the group, which contains both city staff and community members, can serve as a forum for input that can lead to citywide improvements.

Climate change is not a problem Watervliet can solve alone, but, as the Watervliet Climate Action Plan indicates, we certainly plan to do our part by reducing our carbon footprint. While we believe we can trim our greenhouse gas emissions by 10% below our 2008 levels by the year 2014, our goal is to slash them by 20%. Given rising energy and waste management costs, this is the time for us to act.

We’ve taken great strides toward making our city more green by doubling recycling collection using single-stream recycling, engaging a performance contractor for city operations, installing a solar PV panel at Hudson Shores Park and doubling the generation of hydro-electric power from the city’s municipal reservoir. Going forward, the WSWG plans to develop a program to use anaerobic digestion to break down organic waste and supply a source of renewable energy while reducing the emission of landfill gas.

“I applaud Mayor Manning and the City of Watervliet for being so far ahead of the curve,” says Jim Yienger, Principal of Climate Action Associates LLC, Watervliet’s sustainability consultant. “Anaerobic digestion isn’t even on the radar for most other cities and yet Watervliet is on the cusp of becoming the first community in the Northeast to implement this promising new method of processing and recycling organic waste locally. As a professional and Watervliet resident, I’m proud to have played a role in this innovative effort.”

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  1. This shows the NY aggressive about the climate and taken great strides toward making our city more green by doubling recycling collection using single-stream recycling, engaging a performance contractor for city operations, installing a solar PV panel at Hudson Shores Park and doubling the generation of hydro-electric power from the city’s municipal reservoir.


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