Some of the recommended actions would be a departure from traditional practices for municipal governments, businesses, and residents.
However, making these changes would benefit municipalities for the following reasons:
Other municipalities, states, and nations have moved far ahead of us on climate stability
Due to years of inaction, other New York communities (e.g. New York City, Ithaca, Bedford, etc.), other states (e.g. California), and other nations (e.g. Germany, Holland, and Scandinavian countries) have moved far ahead of the Capital Region. They have shown us that the path forward is feasible and conveys many benefits that our residents are missing out on.
Sustainability leads to better living
Many sustainability practices will result in residents having more comfortable houses, from better insulation and fewer air leaks. Other practices lead to a generally happier life through quieter streets, less time driving in traffic, more greenspace, and the sense of well-being that goes along with providing a better life for our children and their children.
Sustainability iNcreases Local AgRicultre
Community sustainability practices include increasing local food production, better land management, support for micro-farming, and organic waste composting for improved soil health. These activities benefit all residents, increase local economic activity, reduce dependence on distant supply chains for our food, and help retain essential agricultural skills and activities.