Climate Change is at a crisis stage. Urgent action is needed.

Our planet is experiencing more intense heat, bigger storms, longer droughts, increased flooding, raging wildfires, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels. And yes, man-made greenhouse gases are causing our climate to change.

That's why the Saugerties Town Board took the Climate Smart Communities Pledge back in 2009, the first town in Ulster County to do so. The Town Board also created a Green Energy Task Force whose work successfully resulted in energy efficiencies and greenhouse gas reductions.

In March 2018, the Town Board renewed its efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. It appointed the Saugerties Conservation Advisory Commission as a task force to help Saugerties continue to honor its pledge, and set new goals – further reduction of greenhouse gases and certification by New York State as a Climate Smart Community.

Town government, residents, business owners, all working together can become part of the solutions by taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas emmissions. Here are some suggestions:

What You Can Do
What Businesses Can Do
What Saugerties Is Doing

Climate change is an issue that cannot — and must not — be dismissed, avoided, or put on the back burner hoping that the federal government or some other entity will fix the problem for us.

There is an immediacy to this threat that requires all of us to be proactive and take responsibility for our little corner of the world as we work to further reduce our municipal greenhouse gas emissions and develop additional mitigation policies to address current and future impacts.

Our town's Climate Smart Saugerties task force is a perfect example of how volunteer efforts are bringing us closer to an energy sustainable future. The work of the task force couldn't be more important.

Supervisor Fred Costello, Jr.

Upcoming Events

Understanding our Changing Environment -- Green Infrastructure
A series exploring climate change impacts and solutions on a local level.
The Human Element
Film about how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. A panel discussion featuring James Balog and NRDC climate experts will follow.
Deadline to sign up for roof top solar panels and obtain a solarize discount.
Although the Solarize Saugerties Campaign has ended, the discount for solar installations is available to all Ulster County residents and businesses through the Solarize Esopus Campaign. You must sign up with a solar installer by October 7, 2018.
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