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HURLEY CLIMATE SMART PROJECTS

Read about the actions the town is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and discover how individuals and businesses can do the same across this website. 

In 2024 we started a Clean Energy Campaign to encourage more Hurleyites to subscribe to  community solar energy, heat pump heat and hot water systems, and the purchase electric vehicles. Read more about this on our NEWS pages.

Our first town-wide project was a successful effort to "Solarize Hurley" Part of the Ulster County Green New Deal,  residents and businesses signed up to use community solar as their energy provider,  saving up to 10% on electric bills, and enabling us to obtain a $5,000 grant we used to conduct AHSRAE Level 1 Energy Audits of Town Hall and the old library. 

In addition to conducting the Solarize campaign and completing energy audits, Climate Smart actions the town has completed include the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV) for official business and installation of an EV charger. Heat pumps were installed in the town hall in 2021. There is a solar array creating energy behind Town Hall that's been operating since  2015. The CSTF also completed GHG Inventories for the town in 2022, participated in the Ulster County Fair, and hosted a Hurley Climate Smart Fair and EV Car Show. We continue to seek out opportunities to partner with others, provide climate information for town residents, and advise the Town Board.  During 2022 we also provided an internship for a student at Ulster Co. Community College, brought info and temp tattoos to the Memorial Day gathering at Town Hall, conducted a GHG learning activity at Hurley Rec and finished the Town Operations GHG Inventory.  In 2023 our effors were rewarded with Bronze Certification from NYS Climate Smart Communities program 

Building on those tasks, the Town has started working on a local Climate Action Plan.

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