Sustainable Putnam

Our Communities

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Sustainable Putnam believes that we can have the greatest impact while working at the community level. While we certainly emphasize the climate crisis, it’s only one aspect of our sustainability work. To become truly sustainable, Putnam must address many other ecological, social, and economic issues. For example, we need to close the gap between ecological principles and our agricultural, manufacturing, and transport systems. We also need to acknowledge and respect the community we live in. That means working with and caring for all of our neighbors to ensure a healthy, vibrant community for generations to come. 

With this in mind,  we encourage you to join us in working with local government, businesses, and schools right in your own town. We’re promoting the work and programs that our communities already have in place. We’re assisting with Clean Energy and Climate Smart campaigns. And we’re advising our municipal leaders and residents regarding policies that build sustainability and resilience. 

Find your community below and join with others to build a Sustainable Putnam! 

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  • Putnam County
  • Carmel (including Mahopac)
  • Kent
  • Patterson
  • Philipstown (including Cold Spring and Nelsonville)
  • Putnam Valley
  • Southeast (including the Village of Brewster)

Putnam County

Putnam County, population 98,320, consists of six towns and three villages. The county government seat is in the Town of Carmel, consisting of a County Executive and Legislature made up of nine legislators 

Carmel (including Mahopac)

The Town of Carmel is the largest town by population (34,305 in 2010), and serves as the seat of Putnam County, hosting the Putnam County Legislature’s offices and the county courthouse. 

Carmel has two school districts, Carmel and Mahopac, and two hamlets by the same names. 

The town is governed by the Town Board made up of five members including the Supervisor and four town council members. There are no term limits. Below are links to several relevant websites.

Sustainable Putnam strongly encourages each of our town’s to participate in either or both of the Climate Smart Community or Clean Energy Community programs. Currently, the Town of Carmel does not participate in either. 

Action: Send an email or make a phone call to the Town Supervisor and Town Council. Tell them that you’re a resident and a Sustainable Putnam member and strongly encourage them to join the Climate Smart Community or Clean Energy Community programs. Want to do more to develop Carmel’s resilience and sustainability? Send an email indicating your interest to info@sustainableputnam.org.  

Kent

Nearly half of the Town of Kent’s 43 square miles is open space, and remains accessible for hiking, fishing, boating, and hunting. As of 2019, it’s population was 13,246.

The town is governed by a Town Board made up of its Supervisor and four council members. Sustainable Putnam strongly encourages each of our town’s to participate in either or both of the Climate Smart Community or Clean Energy Community programs. Currently, the Town of Kent has an active Climate Smart Community Task Force. 

Below are links to several relevant websites.

Patterson

As of 2016, the population of Patterson was 11,909. The town is governed by a Town Board made up of its Supervisor and four council members. 

Sustainable Putnam strongly encourages each of our town’s to participate in either or both of the Climate Smart Community or Clean Energy Community programs. Currently, the Town of Patterson does not participate in either. 

Action: Send an email or make a phone call to the Town Supervisor and Town Council. Tell them that you’re a resident and a Sustainable Putnam member and strongly encourage them to join the Climate Smart Community or Clean Energy Community programs. Want to do more to develop Patterson’s resilience and sustainability? Send an email indicating your interest to info@sustainableputnam.org.  

Below are links to several relevant websites.

Philipstown (including Garrison, Cold Spring and Nelsonville)

As of 2018, the population of Philipstown was 9,731. The town is governed by a Town Board made up of its Supervisor and four council members. The Villages of Cold Spring and Nelsonville lie within the town’s limits; each has its own village government (see links below). 

Sustainable Putnam strongly encourages each of our town’s to participate in either or both of the Climate Smart Community or Clean Energy Community programs. Currently, the Town of Philipstown has a very active Climate Smart Community Task Force and a 100% renewable energy campaign called Philipstown Fights Dirty (see links below).

Below are links to several relevant websites.

Putnam Valley

As of 2018, the population of Putnam Valley was 11,600. The town is governed by a Town Board made up of its Supervisor and four council members. 

Sustainable Putnam strongly encourages each of our town’s to participate in either or both of the Climate Smart Community or Clean Energy Community programs. Currently, the Town of Putnam Valley has a very active Climate Smart Community Task Force (see link below).

Below are links to several relevant websites.

Southeast (including Brewster)

As of 2010, the population of Southeast was 18,404. The town is governed by a Town Board made up of its Supervisor and four council members. 

Sustainable Putnam strongly encourages each of our town’s to participate in either or both of the Climate Smart Community or Clean Energy Community programs. Currently, the Town of Southeast does not participate in either. 

Below are links to several relevant websites.