Village of Croton Continues to Lead on Pro-Environment Initiatives

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In celebration of Earth Day, members of the Croton-on-Hudson Board of Trustees joined with members of the volunteer fire department and state legislators Peter Harckham and Dana Levenberg to commission the new solar array at the Washington Engine firehouse. It’s one of many pro-climate projects completed and in-progress in the Village of Croton.
The new array will provide free power for all of the firehouse’s needs and avoid the emission of 16 tons of greenhouse gas annually. All costs were covered by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Recently, our village was recognized by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as one of the first three communities in New York to participate in our state’s first-in-the-nation Green Procurement Program.
We also look forward to the completion of the carport solar array construction at the Croton-Harmon train station parking lot, which will produce electricity for several hundred homes.
In recognition of our environmental initiatives (including adding electric vehicles to our fleet, creating public EV charging stations and food waste compost) we earned the highest Climate Smart Communities ranking of any village in New York from the DEC.
Climate change is a real, documented threat to our communities. It’s just one of the many consequences of the combustion of fossil fuel, which also degrades local air quality, endangering public health. Municipalities have the obligation and opportunity to be part of the solution.

Brian Pugh, Mayor

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