The Hastings-on-Hudson Climate Smart Communities Task Force has formed a Climate Vulnerability Assessment Committee that is working to identify, analyze, and prioritize the effects of changing climate conditions on our Village. The goal is to improve our resilience and plan for climate adaptation in a cost effective and efficient manner. In conducting its research, the Committee has engaged Village staff, other Village Boards and Commissions, and members of the public. The Committee also reviewed a range of climate projections to identify potential impacts to Village assets and systems. Drawing on all of this input, the Committee has drafted a Climate Vulnerability Assessment Report that aims to address major climate hazards to the Village.
CVA Report: For a copy of the final report please see HERE.
CVA Workshops: The Village sponsored two online interactive workshops (June 23, 2020 and June 3, 2020) on the climate threats Hastings-on-Hudson should anticipate experiencing in the coming decades. Participants discussed the likely effects of those threats on our key assets such as structures, services, parks, and populations in our Village. They explored why those assets may be particularly threatened, and shared personal perceptions and experiences related to those assets and their vulnerabilities. Participants also discuss how the covid pandemic has already exposed some of these vulnerabilities, and identify which actions and solutions we should prioritize so as to best adapt to and mitigate climate change. The discussions were open to all residents. Registration information for the June 23 workshop can be found HERE, and links to background material for both workshops can be found below:
- Hastings-on-Hudson Climate Forecasts (16 minute video)
- Climate Vulnerability Assessment Survey Results
- Climate Vulnerability Assessment Discussion: Background Material
CVA Survey: In March 2020, the CSC TF conducted an online survey of residents to solicit feedback on their perceptions about the current state of Village infrastructure and systems, and how prepared they perceived the Village was to address climate related vulnerabilities. A range of detailed comments and recommendations were also provided. Over 530 people responded to the survey. For a copy of the original survey see link below:
If you're interested in learning more about the work being done in the Village on climate change, please email [email protected]