Senator Gillibrand presents sustainability award to Binghamton

By Kelly McCarthy

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city of Binghamton's commitment to sustainability brings Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to present an award.

She presented the Environmental Protection Agency award for leadership in climate protection and energy efficiency efforts.

In 2011, Binghamton announced its Energy and Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2025.

Gillibrand says green planning can help create a better economy for small businesses.

"It helps to create job growth it helps to help the economy grow," said Gillibrand (D-NY). "It helps to make the future investments we make more energy efficient and more cost efficient."

The city was the only municipality in New York state to win the award.

"I think it is setting an example for other cities in the state about how a vision and a plan and sticking to it can really make a difference," Sen. Gillibrand said.

Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan said many of the new initiatives are fueled by young adults.

"It's all young people that are very excited about this community because of these initiatives," Ryan said. "And if you want to rebuild your community, I know we have an aging population and we honor our aging citizens but we have to have young people who want to stay here."

Arbor Day is celebrations included a tree planting ceremony and a plan for the city of Binghamton to plant 100 new trees by the end of the year.

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