Binghamton earns 'Sustainable Community' designation

By Brandi Bailey

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 11:51 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)The City of Binghamton was one of 90 cities chosen across the nation to become a preferred sustainable community.

This designation gives the city an advantage when applying for federal funding.

The process of becoming a sustainable community started in 2009, and allowed communities the opportunity to redo comprehensive plans.

Binghamton took advantage of that with Blueprint Binghamton, which led to its designation.

"How are we going to make our communities prosperous again when we're facing economic decline? How are we going to make sure we have healthy and clean environments when we are facing a lot of environmental threats," said Director of Planning Tarik Abdelazim.

Being a sustainable community means the city gets an extra three points added to its score when applying for funding from the Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Preferred Sustainability status is expected to be beneficial for years to come, lending these points to areas in the community like Binghamton University, Broome County and small businesses.