Sustainability is a Priority for the Village
Clean Energy Communities
The Village of Saranac Lake became a designated Clean Energy Community after completing five high-impact projects with the assistance from NYSERDA to be more energy efficent.
The five high-impact projects completed were:
- Clean Fleets
- LED Street Lights
- Unified Solar Permit
- Energy Code Enforcement Training
LED Street Lights
The Village of Saranac Lake has made a commitment to purchase streetlights from National Grid and convert them to LED lights. By replacing conventional street lights with energy efficient LED technology, The Village of Saranac Lake can reduce street light energy use by as much as 65%, generating cost savings and emission reductions.
Climate Smart Community
The Village of Saranac Lake believes that climate change poses a real and increasing threat to our local and global environments. Thus, the Village of Saranac Lake is dedicated to proactively consider our impact on the environment and where necessary, change our methods, processes, or infrastructure to lessen that impact. We firmly believe that instituting climate change adaptation and resiliency policies will reduce energy costs and improve operational efficiency while building livable, energy-independent and secure communities with vibrant innovative economies.
Climate Smart Communities Certification
- The initial level of certification - for local governments that have acted their commitment to climate action and taken steps to implement climate-smart policies and projects (120 pts)
- The second level of certification - for local governments that have implemented a range of foundational climate actions and made concrete progress toward goals (300 pts)
The Village is cureently working toward a Bronze Certification Level and has adopted a Climate Smart Community Resolution that allowed a task force to form in June 2018.