What is a Climate Smart Community?

    Climate Smart Communities (CSC) are part of a New York State program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

    What is Smart Growth?

    Smart growth is an urban planning and transportation theory that concentrates growth in compact walkable urban centers to avoid sprawl.

    Principals of smart growth include taking advantage of compact building design; creating walkable neighborhoods and a range of housing opportunities and choices; fostering distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place; preserving open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas. 

    Would you summarize those acronyms, please?

    MS4: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System

    SPDES: State Pollutants Discharge Elimination Permit

    SWMP: Stormwater Management Plan

    CSMSC: Climate Smart Community