Steve and his wife, Julie, have been working towards building a sustainable and resilient community nearly their entire lives. There is no doubt- they walk the walk. As Environmental Educators, they were responsible for developing innovative environmental programming and worked to increase access to the City’s expansive parks system for children throughout Kingston and put the ‘Parks’ in Parks and Recreation Department. When Steve was elected Mayor, he made a commitment to incorporating sustainability into nearly all aspects of his administration’s work. This work includes:
- Managing $810,896 in sustainability and resiliency grants
- Offering a wide variety of Environmental Education opportunities, serving 8,756 individuals in 2018
- Achieving Silver Climate Smart Community certification, the highest level achieved by any municipality in New York State
- Becoming the first city in New York to be designated a Clean Energy Community
- Adopting Resolution #179 of 2017: Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Kingston, NY committing to 100% Clean Energy by 2050 and Continuing Support of the Principles of the Paris Agreement
- Conducting a tree inventory of the City’s street trees and park trees using a grant from the NYS DEC. These inventories will be used as a tool by the Tree Commission when reviewing tree removal and pruning permits, as well as identifying locations for future tree plantings
- Working towards a “Green Fleet” through the purchase of electric vehicles- the City now owns a total of 7 electric vehicles, spread throughout the Building Safety Division, Parks and Recreation Department, Police Department and City Hall. In the Summer of 2018, the City installed three new public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in municipal lots in Midtown and Downtown. Three more are coming to Kingston in 2019!
Resilience Efforts in the Spotlight
In 2018, the City of Kingston was featured in several of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program’s “Adaptation Inspiration” videos highlighting the shoreline of the Hudson River and how sustainable shorelines can help us become more resilient.