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Highland to consider climate pledge

August 21, 2012

The Town of Highland town board heard two special presentations at its recent monthly meeting on August 14.

Allan Scott, chairman and CEO of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), discussed the organization’s history and the availability of revolving loan funds available to new businesses at a 4% interest rate. The agency will also help out with business plans and more. “If you have a dream, don’t be shy,” said Scott. “Get in touch with us.” For more information, contact Scott at 845/794-1110, extension 303.

Carol Roig, of Sustainable Sullivan, discussed the model Climate Smart Communities Pledge, which outlines 10 goals for towns to become energy efficient, implement renewable energy resources where possible, and reduce Green House Gas emissions. Sullivan County towns are being invited to voluntarily sign the pledge in order to raise awareness of the opportunities to increase efficiency while potentially saving money and promoting environmental health.

The Climate Smart Communities program is a state and local partnership to encourage climate protection. State agencies collaborating on the program include the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Department of State and the New York State Public Service Commission.

For more information, visit or contact Richard Riseling at 845/807-0578 or

The town board, which has already begun implementing energy saving measures in various town facilities, will gather additional information about the pledge and discuss it during its next meeting on September 11 at 7 p.m. at the town hall in Eldred.