Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the latest round of communities to achieve certification as part of New York State's Climate Smart Communities program, which supports municipal efforts to meet the economic, social, and environmental challenges posed by climate change. By taking meaningful steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change, 13 local governments successfully met criteria to be recognized as leaders during the third quarter round of review. Three communities achieved the silver level and 10 communities achieved bronze-level certification. In addition, DEC announced the release of a short video featuring inspiring stories of youth leadership and community engagement in the villages of Homer and Saranac Lake, both of which achieved certification this round. The video demonstrates the critical role young people are playing in reversing climate change. The announcements are part of New York State's recognition of Climate Week 2020.