Regional Sustainability through Local Action
For the past decade, Rome has been formulating a multi-faceted strategy to incorporate long-term, high-impact investments in public infrastructure to reduce operating expenses while reducing our local impact on the environment and natural resources. Rome has taken a lead role in the Mohawk Valley Regional Sustainability Coalition and is working with other municipalities to change the way we do business in the Mohawk Valley.
Recycling & Materials Conservation:
Our current goal is to achieve a 75% increase in recycling rates by 2014, achieving a recycling rate of 30% or greater. This means less in the landfill, lower costs to the taxpayer, reduced dependence on foreign petroleum sources and a better future for our children.
The NYS Green Innovation Grant Program (NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation) provided Rome with funding to implement a comprehensive green infrastructure deployment, including the inventory and analysis of existing trees, tree planting, and retrofitting paved surfaces downtown. Rome received the prestigious Environmental Excellence Award in 2012 for its continued efforts to improve water quality while encouraging economic development and investment downtown.
The principles of green infrastructure are being applied to brownfield revitalization and redevelopment of our Main Streets and Waterfront neighborhoods. As a result, blight is eliminated, and pollution in our rivers, creeks and canal is reduced. Recognized as a Tree City USA since 2003, the City of Rome received the Growth Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for its outstanding efforts in urban and community forestry in 2007.
Residential & Commercial Efficiency:
Revitalizing Rome’s housing stock and commercial property has been a priority and a challenge. In 2009, the city launched a series of housing rehabilitation and redevelopment programs that focused on energy efficiency, durability, and long-term affordability through lower utility and maintenance costs. For more information on how to make your home or business more energy-efficient, visit www.nyserda.org.
The City of Rome currently offsets its electric consumption by over 120 kWh annually through photovoltaic systems on municipal buildings. The City also operates ten Electric Vehicle Charging Stations downtown and at major parks facilities.