Climate Smart Philipstown
Climate Smart Philipstown
Building a more sustainable and resilient community in Philipstown, New York

Help build a healthier, more prosperous and more resilient Philipstown.

The Climate Smart Task Force of Philipstown, New York is committed to preparing the community for the impacts of climate change while also measuring and mitigating its contributions to it. We are a volunteer organization recognized by the Philipstown Town Board.

Latest News

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your input is needed! help decide where to install an electric vehicle charging station in philipstown

The Town of Philipstown is considering installing an electric vehicle (EV) charging station and wants to hear from you about it! Please take two minutes to answer three questions on this online survey to inform the Philipstown government’s decision (more info on EV charging stations is on the survey page). Over their average lifecycle, EV’s produce about 50% less greenhouse gas emissions than an equivalent size gasoline vehicle. A charging station in Philipstown would add a powerful climate change-fighting asset to our town and make an important statement about our shared commitment to being climate smart! |Posted October 28, 2018|

oct 19 event - Live Stream Drawdown Learn: Teaching a Solutions-Based Approach to Climate Change

Drawdown is both a book and a movement (more info on our Climate Smart Resources page) focused on solutions—big and small—to the climate change challenge. On Friday October 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison will host a special video live stream of a rare gathering of the Project Drawdown leadership team, including Drawdown editor Paul Hawken. The team will provide an interactive overview and update of Drawdown that will be streamed live at no cost. Join your friends and neighbors to get information and inspiration from on of the world’s leading climate activists! The event is made possible by a partnership between the New York Library Association's Sustainability Initiative Committee and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. See you there. | Posted October 5, 2018 |


 Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison.

Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison.

Blog series: taking Climate Change PErsonally

The Philipstown Climate Smart Task Force is as diverse as the community it represents. A variety of professional backgrounds and personal interests make the Task Force a well-rounded group with many interesting insights and perspectives to share. Task Force member Catherine Serrau Thomson decided to share her personal and professional interest areas—interior design, gardening and cooking—through a monthly news column, Taking Climate Change Personally. The first installment (September 2018) is now available on our Blog page. Check it out and come back each month for more! | Posted September 30, 2018 |

Join us for a fundraiser on October 13

Our friends at the Ecological Citizen’s Project (ECP) will host a fundraiser for the Philipstown Climate Smart Task Force on Saturday October 13 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Long Haul Farm in Garrison. Bring the family and enjoy snacks and cocktails while you support the Task Force in our effort to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory in Philipstown. This inventory is a required first step toward recognition as a Climate Smart Community through the State of New York’s program. Attendees can donate any amount between $20 and $200 to ECP, who has pledged all proceeds to support the Task Force’s inventory project. Visit the ECP website for more information and RSVP for the event here (RSVP is required). We hope to see you there and thank you in advance for your support! | Posted September 27, 2018 |

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tell us your climate story!

The Task Force strives to serve as a facilitator and curator of information, perspectives and advice related to curbing and adapting to climate change. With that in mind, we're following the lead of the Climate Stories Project and collecting written, audio and video accounts of Philipstown residents' climate stories. Each climate story is told within the framework of five prompts—follow the link below to find them.

Please send us your stories at Check out your neighbors' climate stories on our Climate Stories page. | Posted August 14, 2018 |

The task force in the local news

The Task Force's work recently earned some recognition in the local media:

"Climate Smart" The Highlands Current, June 8, 2018

"Climate Smart Task Force Submits Grant" Putnam County News and Recorder, July 18, 2018

|Posted July 18, 2018 |

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 The 2018 model Nisan Leaf.

The 2018 model Nisan Leaf.

Philipstown Residents can get $3,000 off a nissan leaf electric vehicle!

Residents of Philipstown are currently eligible to receive a $3,000 discount on the purchase off a new Nissan Leaf from Nissan of New Rochelle in Westchester County! Through a collaboration with Sustainable Westchester, the Philipstown Climate Smart Task Force secured the discount for any resident of Philipstown who is interested in buying a Leaf. Electric vehicles (EVs) like the Leaf offer major savings on gasoline costs, can be quickly and easily charged in your garage and come with lower maintenance costs than gas-powered cars. And with most of Putnam County's greenhouse gas emissions coming from gas-powered cars and trucks, buying an EV will contribute to cleaner air and fewer carbon emissions in Philipstown. For more information visit | Posted May 19, 2018 |


Hi! we're your climate smart task force

Founded in early 2018 through a resolution by the Philipstown Town Council, the Climate Smart Task Force is dedicated to providing information, resources and connections that help make the Philipstown community more sustainable and resilient. We are made up of 20 members of the Philipstown community with a diverse background of interests and vocations but a shared devotion to preserving our invaluable natural environment while mitigating and adapting to climate change. | Posted April 21, 2018 |

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