Climate Smart Resources

Resources for learning about climate change, its impacts on Philipstown and what you can do about it.


University of California Berkeley's Cool climate calculator

If you're not sure how many greenhouse gases your activities are adding to the atmosphere (your carbon footprint), use this simple calculator created by the University of California, Berkeley to find out how you measure up. Once you see how big your carbon footprint is compared to the national and local average, the calculator gives you some advice on how to shrink it: Cool Climate Calculator


Fourth National Climate Assessment - Chapter 18: Northeast

This report , prepared by the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association, focuses on the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 regions and 18 national topics, with particular attention paid to observed and projected risks, impacts, consideration of risk reduction, and implications under different mitigation pathways. Where possible, this report provides examples of actions underway in communities across the United States to reduce the risks associated with climate change, increase resilience, and improve livelihoods.

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Climate change is a problem that’s so big, it’s difficult to even think about how to solve it. It’s even harder to figure out how we as individuals can best contribute to solutions. Drawdown, a book published in 2017 and edited by veteran environmentalist and activist Paul Hawken, addresses both challenges. It’s a compilation of “the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change,” from experts and researchers around the world that lays out a plan for global greenhouse gas reduction. It specifies numerous actions—big and small—individuals and families can take to be part of the solution. The book is a companion to the ongoing Project Drawdown, an initiative led by Hawken that’s putting the plan into action. An accessible guide to what you can do to fight climate change right now, and how much of a difference you can actually make. Order Drawdown from Split Rock Books in Cold Spring.

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Passive House Alliance - Hudson Valley

Passive House Alliance – Hudson Valley (PHA-HV) is an affiliate of the Passive House Alliance – US, and is a local volunteer-based organization devoted to the development of the Passive House Building standard in the Hudson Valley and greater Northeast region. Passive House is currently the world’s highest standard of building design in terms of energy efficiency, and is considered the most cost-effective way to build a new “Net Zero” home or business. More information about the Passive House building standard in general can be found here: http://www.phius.org/what-is-passive-building


Zero Energy Project - Net Zero Energy Homes

The Zero Energy Project is here to connect you with resources and empower you to take action towards buying, building or selling zero energy homes and buildings. Global climate change is today’s most pressing issue and most Americans favor taking meaningful action. Buildings alone are responsible for 40% of the total energy used in the United States. Zero energy homes are a cornerstone of a reduced carbon future — one that is not reliant on fossil fuels. You can control where your home’s energy comes from with the flip of a switch, every day — right now.