KINGSTON – County Executive Pat Ryan announced last Wednesday that Ulster County will be implementing an “Environmental Considerations Checklist” for capital projects as well as updating the county’s purchasing policies to ensure that items purchased meet green standards for environmental protection. As part of County Executive Ryan’s Green New Deal, these new procedures will both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bring Ulster County closer to its goals of 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
The Environmental Considerations Checklist will ensure that sustainable elements are incorporated into county infrastructure projects by looking at greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy expansion, natural resource protection and more. In addition, Ulster County has updated its procurement policies in order to ensure that the county is both minimizing negative environmental impacts and supporting vendors who produce recycled and other environmentally-friendly alternatives.
“Ulster County is continuing to lead in demonstrating what a Green County Government can look like,” said County Executive Pat Ryan. “The Environmental Considerations Checklist is yet another way in which County Government is taking a hands-on approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bring a Green New Deal to Ulster County.”
In April, County Executive Ryan released his Green New Deal plan for Ulster County. Joined by environmental leaders from throughout the Hudson Valley, the report consists of over 30 goals and targets making Ulster County the first County in New York State and among the first in the nation to release a comprehensive Green New Deal plan.
Last month, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan was selected as the new chair of the NYSAC Climate Resiliency Committee. The statewide, bipartisan committee is composed of officials in county positions most directly impacted by changes in the climate.