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Community and Energy

Supporting Sound Community and Energy Decision Making through Partnerships, Research and Training

The goal of CaRDI’s land use programming is to support sound community decision making about energy alternatives. CaRDI’s programming in this arena focuses on New York residents, the communities they live in, and the choices they are faced with about options for the production, conservation and use of the energy that sustains and connects them.

To this end, CaRDI’s key community energy programming strategies include partnership building, research, policy analysis, and training.


Inform, facilitate, and participate in community based energy policy dialogues. CaRDI staff focus their energies on educational and training issues relevant to community decisions about energy, help organize and facilitate policy dialogues, and conduct applied research on topics of interest to state and local policy makers. Learn more


Pursue priority research needs and opportunities that inform a wide range of policy and management decisions. Current and recent work has focused on applied research on the socioeconomic impacts of energy development, boom-bust cycles,  and landowner energy leases,  and the relationships between energy and land use policies. Learn more


Responsive community energy training New York State. As the landscape of supply and demand for energy has been and continues to be transformed by technological, economic and policy forces, CaRDI has organized and participated in numerous forums intended to help communities make informed decisions about their energy futures. Learn more

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Key Community Energy Partners