County Executive Adam Bello had submitted the measure, which asked legislators to adopt a resolution necessary for the county to join New York’s Climate Smart Communities program.
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- Monroe County Executive Adam Bello.
“As president, I feel that adopting this resolution now is putting the cart before the horse,” Carbone said. “It is the legislature advising the committee rather than the committee advising the legislature.”
In March, lawmakers unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that created an 11-member committee to develop a climate action plan. That plan will lay out policies and practices meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of the county.
By adopting the Climate Smart Communities resolution, county lawmakers would pledge to take several actions such as decreasing energy use, shifting to renewable energy, and implementing “climate-smart land use.” They would also be committing to inventory greenhouse gas emissions and develop a climate action plan.
The county could be eligible for state funding or technical assistance to help achieve various commitments made or goals set through the Climate Smart Communities program.
Jeremy Moule is CITY’s news editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.