Climate blueprint warms up

SCEAC to ready green house gas data, energy recommendations

— The strategy on how to best engage the public, businesses and government officials was discussed during the Monday, Sept. 19, meeting.

“We really like to bring as many people to the table at the beginning as possible,” said Lundgren. “The idea is that we are going to engage folks early on so that they will gain a little ownership.”

Representatives from VHB said they want to develop a plan that doesn’t just sit on the shelf, but gets acted upon and implemented, but some SCEAC members were more worried about just getting the CAP completed first.

“We are really looking at a very comprehensive effort to not only quantify … but really work with all of you in your community on implementations and recommendations,” said Lundgren.

Mary Werner, chairwoman of SCEAC, highlighted some of the efforts the county has made toward reducing energy usage. In 2008, she said there were six resolutions dealing with energy conservation. The Climate Smart Communities pledged being adopted by the County Legislature, along with some municipalities, and she said it is an important step.

The study will be able to gather more precise data on county facilities and operations than residential and business operations. Information also could be broken up by zip codes to help determine a localized feel on usage.

“There are also additional studies that we could do. We are doing a survey that is going out this week for the employees of Schenectady County,” said Lundgren, referencing a transportation study. “It will be interesting to see just from the government perspective where those employees are coming in from.”

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