Keeping Broome County smart

By Brandi Bailey

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County is working to decrease its carbon footprint by pledging to be more energy efficient.

The county is hoping to join 12 other counties in New York by taking the Climate Smart Communities Pledge.

The pledge is a way to improve the county's overall health and protect the environment.

Before the county can take the pledge, it has to be approved by the Broome County Legislature, which is set to discuss it this month.

The Office of Energy Development is already looking at ways improve energy, even before its approval.

"We are looking at our fleet right now. What are ways we can reduce our fleet right now, reduce gas emissions. We're looking at projects within Broome County, working with public works on things like lighting," said Energy Development Director Margaret Scarinzi.

If the pledge is approved, Broome County will be the 13th county to take the pledge. The county will then begin hosting educational seminars for residents and businesses.