Sustainability Committee

This page will be updated with links to the Committee’s initiatives.

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program
Climate Smart Communities
Clean Energy Community

Sustainability Committee Role & History

One of the four goals of Canton’s Community Action Plan, adopted in 2011, is to “strengthen Canton’s future through sustainable development.” According to the plan, “the current generation of Canton citizens should meet its needs without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs as well.” The plan recommended community resiliency and smart growth practices by, among other things, development, maintenance and implementation of a Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) addressing food, energy, housing, transportation, waste, climate change and natural resources. Among the recommended actions of this goal was to develop a Sustainability Committee, which could then pursue and oversee some of the objectives of the goal.

Launch of Solarize Canton at Dairy Princess parade, June 2015
To this end, Canton’s Sustainability was established in the spring of 2014. A student participating on St. Lawrence University’s Sustainability Semester undertook the coordination of the new committee as the community-based learning (CBL) component of his semester. Prospective committee participants were identified and general plans plans for getting the committee off the ground were set. The first meeting was held on April 22, 2014 – appropriately, Earth Day.

The role of the Sustainability Committee is to:

Contribute information and expertise on issues of sustainability.
Identify gaps and opportunities for sustainability projects and programming, and appropriate groups to fill the gaps.
Offer assistance in project planning, implementation, and priority setting.
Help build partnerships and make connections (networking).
Provide education and awareness about issues related to sustainable development and environmental responsibility.
The committee’s principal areas of focus are food and agriculture, energy, and transportation. Other areas of attention could be housing, waste, climate change mitigation and adaptation, natural resources, open space, and land planning. In each of these areas, the committee supports and promotes smart sustainable practices that enhance Canton’s human, natural and financial resources. The annual Sustainability Action Plan provides a framework for the committee’s work.

Committee members are residents of the Town and Village of Canton who represent varied interests and sectors. Recent accomplishments include:

Sustainability Committee members visit a composting facility in Lake Placid, September 2016
Energy: a successful local Solarize Canton campaign, support for adoption of municipal power by the Village, designation as a Clean Energy Community, and work toward certification as a Climate Smart Community.

As part of the Climate Smart Community program, the Village has complained an Inventory of Municipal Operations, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 2014-2022. Residents may also be interested in the Energy Management Benchmarking Report, 2018-2023.

Transportation: encouragement and directionfor the Town and Village to become Complete Streets communities, installation of bike repair stations in the Village, participation on the committee that worked to develop the community’s first Master Trail Plan.

Food and Agriculture
: coordination of a residential food diversion and composting pilot project; planning and implementation of a Local Food Local Places two-day technical assistance workshop.

Current Committee Membership & Meeting Times
The committee meets on Zoom at 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The meetings are open and everyone is welcome. 

Current members of the committee include: Nick Hamilton-Honey, Klaus Proemm, Cathy Shrady (chair), Kathleen Stein, Suna Stone, Tom Van de Water, Doug Welch

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