Sustainable Putnam

Putnam County

Putnam County Courthouse, erected in 1814.

The environment is just one important aspect of our sustainability work. To become truly sustainable, we recognize that Putnam must address other ecological, social, and economic issues. 

Community is essential

We believe that citizens can have the greatest impact  working at the community level. 

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 our Clean Energy and Climate Smart Community Task Forces. And we’re advising our municipal leaders, businesses, and residents on policies and practices that build sustainability and resilience. 

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. 

Putnam County

Situated between Westchester and Dutchess Counties, folks say that Putnam County “is where the country begins.” The mighty Hudson River borders our western shoreline and our eastern edge borders Connecticut.

From the Hudson River in Phillipstown, one crosses the majestic Hudson Highlands, famous for rocky outcrops and excellent hiking.  Central and eastern Putnam is dotted with many beautiful lakes and reservoirs, fed by many tributaries that emanate from the Great Swamp in Patterson.

The county government seat is in the Town of Carmel, and consists of a County Executive and Legislature made up of nine legislators. The iconic 1814 historic courthouse at the intersections of Routes 52 and 301 is still used as office space, though a newer and larger courthouse and office building sit adjacent. 

Putnam County has a population 98,320, living within six towns and three villages. Find your community below and join with others to help us build a Sustainable Putnam! 

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