Bedford cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 70%

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BEDFORD -

A northern Westchester town is celebrating an environmental milestone.

Officials in Bedford announced that the town has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 70%. Plus, they did it three years ahead of schedule.

The town adopted a climate change action plan back in 2010, and one of the main goals was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.

At an announcement at Bedford Town Hall Wednesday, officials with the grassroots organization "Bedford 2020" say the town far exceeded its initial target and timeframe. They say Bedford is now the first municipality in New York state to track, report and verify a 70%, community-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmentalists say they were able to do it by focusing on four areas: energy efficiency, transportation, waste and recycling, and water and land. They say the goal for the next 10 years is to get Bedford and all of New York state to be using 100% renewable energy.

Bedford officials say they hope their success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be used as a model for other communities across the state and country.

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