This page provides an overview of resources to help you and your community adapt to a changing climate.
Adaptation Inspiration video series
Watch our new short video series: Adaptation Inspiration to learn more about Hudson Valley communities taking climate smart action.
- Video 1: Develop Climate-Adaptive Strategies
- Video 2: Plan for Sea-Level Rise
- Video 3: Use Sustainable Shoreline Protection (coming soon!)
Take action on climate
Get involved with your local government to help your community take climate smart actions (see Technical Assistance section below). Don't know where to start? See if your community has a group working on environmental and sustainability projects, like a Conservation Advisory Commission or call your municipality's main line to ask where to look.
Five actions you can take to adapt to climate change:
as an individual
as a community
|Plant trees and add shade structures to your yard, particularly over roofs and pavement||Require better building standards that consider flooding and future sea-level rise in the floodplain|
|Explore a mapper (below) to see if your property may be affected by flooding and sea-level rise||Plant trees and add other shade structures in public spaces for cooling|
|If you live in a floodplain, have an emergency plan and raise utilities and critical systems to a higher floor in your home||Use green infrastructure to manage stormwater in developed areas|
|Use rain barrels to capture rainwater for watering your garden and lawn||Implement a water conservation and reuse program|
|Install a battery or generator backup system so you can keep critical appliances running during a storm||Right-size culverts and bridges to enable aquatic species migration and allow adequate flow during flooding events|
Five actions you can take to mitigate to climate change:
|as an individual||as a community|
|Replace your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs||Conserve natural areas through zoning or other regulations|
|Turn your thermostat down 3 degrees in winter||Incentivize use of bicycling, walking, carpooling, public transit and electric vehicles for transportation|
|Eat less meat and buy local vegetables (or grow your own!)||Upgrade municipal lighting, electricity, HVAC and water systems to new, more efficient technologies|
|Reduce personal vehicle use with bicycling, walking, carpooling and public transit, buy an electric vehicle with the help of federal and NYS incentives||Enable community-wide recycling, composting and e-waste collection opportunities|
|Take fewer trips using air travel||Adopt green parking lot standards|
Flooding and sea-level rise mappers
There are over 15 state and public grant and loan programs to help support projects related to climate resilience in your community. You can download our fact sheet (PDF) on Financing Waterfront Resilience and visit our page on green infrastructure funding programs to read helpful summaries and comparisons of these programs. Many of these programs are lumped into the NYS Consolidated Funding Application which is typically due in late July. If you've missed this year's deadline, now is good time to start preparing for the next round.
New York State provides communities with a roadmap and funding support to mitigate and adapt to climate change through the Climate Smart Communities program. Communities can also receive up to 50 hours of free, on-demand support through its sister program Clean Energy Communities.
Where to go for more information
- See what the climate projections are for your area, from today to year 2100
- Learn more about community adaptation and mitigation actions promoted through the Climate Smart Communities program
- The NYS Climate Change Clearinghouse is a one-stop shop for maps, data and documents
Con todo contra el calentamiento global - read about Hudson Valley communities adapting to climate change in Spanish from La Voz