The fact the Bethlehem Town Board voted to take a Climate Smart Community Pledge last year weighted favorably in the grant application process, said Deyoe.
In related news, the Town of Bethlehem partook in Earth Hour Saturday, March 27, a global event where participating people and communities turned off the lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. local time.
Bethlehem was one of eight cities and towns in the state to participate (lights needed for vital services like in the police department's dispatch room stayed on). Lights at the capitol, the Executive Mansion and in other state buildings were also switched off.
Councilman Kyle Kotary, who introduced the Earth Hour pledge, said it's a good addition to the array of environmentally conscious initiatives in town.
"These steps, along with several NYSERDA-sponsored energy savings initiatives, our outstanding town recycling program, our community clean up days and other green activities, are helping to establish Bethlehem as an environmental leader, an energy conservation leader and a green government leader in New York State," Kotary said in a statement.