Center for Regional Excellence
   4039 Route 219, Suite 200
   Salamanca, New York  14779
   Phone: 716.945.5301 
   Fax: 716.945.5550



The Clean Energy Communities Program recognizes and rewards village, town, city and county governments in New York State for reducing greenhouse gases and implementing clean energy.  This program provides tools, resources, and technical assistance to help local government implement clean energy actions that can save taxpayer dollars, create jobs, and improve the environment.

Building a better community
By participating in this program, Communities can:
    ~ protect the environment
    ~ galvanize the community
    ~ promote economic development
    ~ save taxpayer money
    ~ offer technical support

Clean energy leadership brings rewards

Elected officials or employees of local governments across New York State can apply to the program to gain recognition and rewards for their communities.

Communities that complete four out of the 10 High Impact Actions and meet all other eligibility requirements  are:
    ~ designated by New York State as a Clean Energy Community
    ~ eligible to apply for grant up to $250,000 to fund additional clean energy projects

The 10 High Impact Actions include:
    ~ benchmarking
    ~ clean energy upgrades
    ~ LED street lights
    ~ clean fleets
    ~ solarize
    ~ unified solar permit
    ~ energy code enforcement training
    ~ climate smart communities certification
    ~ community choice aggregation
    ~ energize NY finance

Coordinator services
Clean Energy Community Coordinators can help your municipality by:
    ~ providing free technical assistance and consulting services to communities undertaking clean energy actions and projects
    ~ assisting with understanding Clean Energy Communities program requirements
    ~ hosting educational seminars and training on topics including energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and policies, climate change, smart growth, and other best practices
    ~ helping access other local, state, and federal resources
    ~ engaging local organizations focused on clean energy, sustainability, and economic development, helping to create a self-sustaing network of local clean energy support

Contact our region (Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties) coordinator
Jonathan Mayr
Southern TIer West Regional Planning & Development Board   
Call 716-945-5301 ext 2232