The Canaan Climate Smart Task Force seeks to encourage, implement, and quantify the towns efforts to address the climate crisis. We are doing so by participating in the NY State’s Climate Smart Communities Program.

Meets: Third Thursday of the month at the Canaan Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..

Task Force Members:

Craig Westcott
Will Powers, Town Board Liason:
Becky Meier
Marion Bolognesi
Dylan Cipkowski

Phone: (518) 781-3144 (Town Clerk)

December newsletter CSC task force article

Canaan Biodiversity Project

Do you want to learn about nature in Canaan, NY while also providing valuable information to researchers? Download the iNaturalist app (it’s free!), an easy-to-use nature learning tool that can identify the plants, animals and fungi you see in Canaan and elsewhere. So far nearly 400 species have been documented! All observations within the town of Canaan will automatically be added to our Canaan Biodiversity Project (check it out!) developed by the Canaan Climate Smart Community Task Force.

Canaan Community Solar Campaign: Sign Up at

Unlike traditional solar installations, where a solar panel array is installed on your roof or property, community solar is installed at an offsite location. You can subscribe to the community solar project and receive credits on your regular electric bill for the clean energy produced. Everyone, including renters and businesses, can save money by accessing the clean energy produced by these solar farms. (Interested business owners should contact the Canaan Climate Smart Task Force for more information about how to sign up.)

After vetting many different companies, Canaan has chosen to work with Ampion. Ampion is building two new community solar farms that serve NYSEG customers. Each household that signs up will receive up to a 10% discount on their electric bill, a $100 VISA card (if you sign up before October 30), and a $100 donation to a Town of Canaan fund to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through auditing and upgrading municipal buildings to be more energy efficient. The Town has also been approved for a $5,000 NYSERDA grant that will be used for GHG reduction.

Two informational Zoom meetings will be held on Monday, October 18 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m.

It takes only minutes to enroll. All you need is your NYSEG account number: Sign up at