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. 

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. 

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

East of the Hudson, 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, consisting 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 space sits adjacent. 

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

Our Towns