Climate Smart Community


In September 2020, the village earned the designation of Bronze Level Certified Climate Smart Community. This is one of three level designations that a New York State Climate Smart Community can earn. The village is the first Climate Smart Community in the North Country to be recognized for their progress at this level. In May 2018, the Village Board of Trustees adopted the New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) pledge. The village pledged to, among other things: inventory its emissions, set goals and make a plan for climate action; decrease energy use; shift to clean, renewable energy; implement climate-smart land use and support a green innovation economy. This work has been undertaken through the appointed Climate Smart Communities Task Force. Learn more about the CSC program and follow Task Force's progress here.

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Walk Friendly Community Silver Award

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Saranac Lake is designated as a Silver-Level community due to the impressive levels of walking and excellent planning efforts. Saranac Lake is a very walkable community and most errands can be accomplished on foot. A walk through the Village provides beautiful lake and river views, historic architecture, parks for refuge and recreation, and many dining and shopping possibilities. Learn more.