Grand Island Certified as a Climate Smart Community

October 1, 2021
Contact: Jennifer Baney (
Town Councilwoman/Clean Energy Coordinator
Phone: (716) 622-9006
Certified Communities Are Models for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Building Local Climate Resilience
Grand Island, NY--Grand Island is proud to announce that it has achieved a Bronze Level Certification in New York State’s Climate Smart Communities program, by completing and documenting clean energy and conservation efforts across all municipal buildings and departments.
“This designation is a tremendous honor and a humbling recognition,” said Councilwoman Jennifer Baney, who also serves as the Town of Grand Island’s Clean Energy Coordinator. “With the exception of Erie County and The City of Buffalo, no municipality within Western New York has accomplished what is required to receive this designation. Over 30 employees invested their time into this effort, in addition to efforts by The Town of Grand Island CSC Task Force and support from Jason Kulaszewski and Heike Jacob, through The University at Buffalo Regional Institute.”
“We’re happy for the Town,” shared Kulaszewski. “They committed to bringing community and government together to reach this goal and were able to do so in only 6 months after taking the pledge in April. That’s a big deal! With sustainability as one of UBRI’s pillars, it’s rewarding to work with communities that embrace sustainability practices that have a positive impact on our community. The UB Regional Institute (UBRI) provides free technical assistance to local governments as part of the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities program; which includes the DEC’s Climate Smart initiative.”
Supervisor Whitney, when asked about the designation, was proud of the efforts by many in achieving this ambitious goal. “Not only does this designation set us apart as an environmental leader within the state, it opens opportunities for grant funding that would not otherwise be accessible. Access to additional funding benefits all of Grand Island, and I recognize this accomplishment as a win for our entire community.”
Throughout the fall, Grand Island’s accomplishment will be shared in various publications throughout New York State, with their official award arriving mid-November. For additional questions, feel free to contact Councilwoman Jennifer Baney at (716) 622-9006 or