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The Town of Hurley is on the road to becoming a NYS Climate Smart Community. After the Climate Smart Community (CSC) Task Force was formed, they applied for and received an initial Local Champions grant to start its work. The aim of the Local Champions program is to train municipal staff and volunteers to achieve Climate Smart Communities Bronze Certification.


The Town of Hurley Conservation Advisory Committee has been active for several decades and has worked to advise the town on environmental issues through studies and plans such as groundwater protection and open space plans. The Town Board adopted the Climate Smart Communities Pledge in 2018 and established the Hurley Climate Smart Task Force (CSTF) in November 2020 through town resolutions. 

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Climate Smart Committment

The Town of Hurley is committed to completing actions for Clean Energy Communities certification. Many of these are chronicled here on our website. One of first town-wide actions was conducting the Solarize Hurley Campaign. Kristen Schara, the Hurley task force coordinator, participated in the Local Champions Pilot Program sponsored by Hudson Valley Lifeboats for training on strategies, techniques and protocols on how best to achieve Climate Smart Communities Bronze Certification. Kristen Schara also serves on the Ulster County Environmental Management Council and Hurley's Conservation Advisory Commitee. Member Lynne Bailey completed the Cornell Climate Smart Steward training program.

On the county leve, we coordinated with the Solarize Ulster Campaign sponsored by Ulster County. Task Force Members worked with the Ulster County Climate Smart at the Ulster County Fair. At the town level, the CSTF presented the Greener Living Car Show & Expo.

Read the News Section for more updates.


The ClimateSmart Task Force is part of the Town of Hurley Conservation Advisory Council

Task Force Coordinator: Kristen Schara

Members: Erin Nylen and Lynne Bailey, Peter McKnight

Former Members: Felicia Legge

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