With an increase of residents who have joined the Hudson Valley communities, we must continue to maintain our roads, outdoor areas and towns.

While some focus on expansion and growth within the Hudson Valley, other residents and departments have focused on keeping their town clean and making a difference.

Recently, Hudson Valley towns were recognized for their latest certification within each community.

What Are Climate Smart Communities In New York State?

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New York State explained, 

"Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The program offers grants, rebates for electric vehicles, and free technical assistance."

They also shared that there are over 400 registered communities, more than 120 bronze-certified communities and 10 silver-certified communities

Currently, there are over 9,500,000 people living within climate-smart communities.

3 Hudson Valley Towns Are Now 'Climate Smart Communities'

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Ulster County Government shared,

"Incredibly, 17 of the 23 municipalities in Ulster County plus Ulster County itself are Climate Smart Communities--it must be a state record!"

These beautiful Ulster County, NY towns set the example of how caring for the community and environment can pay off for everyone.

Town Of Olive, Town Of Rosendale And Town Of Shandaken Received Certification


Ulster County Government also shared,

"A BIG congratulations to the Town of Olive, NY, Town of Rosendale Town Hall, and Town of Shandaken, NY on achieving Bronze certification as Climate Smart Communities, making meaningful strides to reduce climate-damaging emissions and build local resilience.🏆🌍" 

 

What's Your Favorite Part About Visiting Rosendale, NY?

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The Town of Rosendale, NY is recognized as one of the Hudson Valley's "Climate Smart Communities."

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Rosendale is filled with unique eateries, rose murals, and nearby walking and hiking trails. Nature lovers can explore the Rosendale Trestle. Foodies can stop by Creekside Bar & Bistro and Truss and Trestle Diner to enjoy local eats.

The historic Rosendale Theater is a highlight within the community and worth visiting.

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What Do You Like Most About Olive, NY?

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The Town of Olive, NY is recognized as one of the Hudson Valley's "Climate Smart Communities".

Those who visit Olive should add The Ashokan Center to their list.

The Ashokan Center is an independent nonprofit organization that started in 2008. Their focus is on music and nature. They are located on 385 acres in the Catskill Mountains. The Ashokan Center is also on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. 

Olive, NY has the Ashokan Quarry Trail to explore. In Olivebridge, the hidden, Brown's Station Fountain is beautiful and tranquil.

Have You Visited These Attractions Near Shandaken, NY?

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The Town of Shandaken, NY is recognized as one of the Hudson Valley's "Climate Smart Communities".

Near Shandaken, NY guests can hop on to Rail Explorers in Phoenicia for a ride on railroad tracks. Guests cruise through beautiful scenery on a pedal-powered vehicle.

Also nearby, the most underrated attraction in the Hudson Valley happens to be the world's largest kaleidoscope. Located in Mt. Tremper, NY guests can visit this unique sight, stay the night and visit their gift shop on-site as well.

What other towns do you think should achieve the bronze certification? Share more below.

5 Must See Scenic Drives In The Hudson Valley

When was the last time that you took the scenic route or the back road? There's something so peaceful about taking in the views of the beautiful farmland and the smells of fresh grass with the windows down. 

The next time that you're out for a drive, take one of these scenic routes to capture the beauty of the area that we get to call home.



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Gallery Credit: Allison Kay

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Hudson Valley residents and those who are visiting can take in some of the most healing destinations in our area.

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