Climate Smart Communities

The Village of Sodus is a Climate Smart Community. This means that we will consider energy efficiency and climate-friendly solutions in everything we do. Not only does it make financial sense to save energy, it’s also the right thing to do.

The Sodus Climate Smart Community Task Force was formed in June 2015 to oversee the program and make cost savings and energy reduction recommendations to the village and town.

Please see more information below!

Village of Sodus designated a Clean Energy Community

January 6, 2019

The Village of Sodus has been awarded a $50,000 Grant as a result of its designation as a Clean Energy Community (CEC). The designation was earned by the village for developing a series of cost saving initiatives that will make the village more energy efficient in the future. The Clean Energy Community (CEC) is administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under the regional guidance of Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Development Authority. 

The village will use the $50, 000 to upgrade the Sodus Municipal Building primarily through the installation of high R value insulation and a high efficiency HVAC system. The grant is a culmination of five years of work to save tax payer dollars while preparing for the future challenges of climate change. Since 2014, when the village passed a resolution accepting the NYS Climate Smart Community Pledge, it has built a foundation for energy innovation.

That foundation has three key components:

  • The Sodus Climate Smart Community Task Force was formed in June 2015 to oversee the program and make cost savings and energy reduction recommendations to the village and town. 
  • A Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory for both the town and village (baseline year 2012) was completed in 2015. Analysis of the inventory informed the original prioritization of town and village energy reduction initiatives.
  • Annual Energy Benchmarking and Reporting was adopted by the Village of Sodus. Analysis of the annual data guides the Sodus Climate Smart Community Task Force in recommending strategies and initiatives to the Village of Sodus Board of trustees to reduce energy use.

In addition, the Village of Sodus has completed several initiatives: 

  • The Village of Sodus insulated the Maple Avenue water facility and completed energy audits for the water and waste water treatment facilities with a 30K engineering survey grant.
  • Village of Sodus received a $2500 grant award from NYSERDA for adopting the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) permit approval process and another NYSERDA $2500 NYSERDA grant for adopting the New York State Unified Solar Permit for solar installations in the village. In the summer of 2017, the village of Sodus used the proceeds from the two NYSERDA Grants and a Genesee Regional Clean Communities (GRCC) Grant to fund the purchase and installation of the Electric Vehicle Charging Station in the Municipal Parking Lot. 
  • The Village of Sodus has contracted to purchase its street lights from RG&E and is in the planning stage to replace the street lights with energy efficient LED lights. Once again, the cost savings are considerable as are the benefits to the environment by illuminating the village streets and sidewalks with a much more efficient lighting system.
  • The Village of Sodus has contracted for the construction of a solar array on village owned property. The energy produced will reduce energy costs and usage for village operations.
  • The village will receive an engineering audit of a major sector of the village drainage at the end of 2018. The audit will allow the village to begin a stormwater run-off and village drainage plan to mitigate the environmental and financial costs of the village’s long-standing water drainage issues.

The Clean Energy Community of Sodus, NY invites you to seek further information about their Climate Smart Initiatives by calling village mayor, David Englert at the Village of Sodus office.