Jayme Breschard Thomann, AICP, CFM, Senior Project Manager at Bergmann, has been nominated and appointed to the Land Use and Local Government Advisory Panel to the New York State Climate Action Council. This advisory panel is one of six representing key industry sectors across New York State, such as transportation, agriculture, power generation and energy efficiency, tasked with providing recommendations and strategies for meeting the designated goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).
The CLCPA was signed into law on July 18, 2019 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. According to the State’s website, “New York State’s Climate Act is among the most ambitious climate laws in the world and requires New York to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and no less than 85 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. The law creates a Climate Action Council charged with developing a scoping plan of recommendations to meet these targets.”
The Council will be supported by input from the Environmental Justice Advisory Group, the Climate Justice Working Group, and the six sector-specific Advisory Panels, whose members will put forth recommendations for the Council's Scoping Plan. Panel members were nominated for their involvement, with Thomann being one of 11 selected for the Land Use and Local Government Advisory Panel. You can view more details of each panel here. Together, these experts will determine the emissions reductions strategies necessary to combat climate change.
Thomann, who joined Bergmann in January 2020, boasts an impressive resume, bringing 16 years of resilience, land use and environmental planning experience to the Land Use and Local Government Advisory Panel. A recognized expert in her field, she will provide a unique perspective through her ability to draw connections between local land use regulation and control, governance structure in New York State and clean energy strategies.
While humble about her involvement, Thomann is passionate about the impact her role can have on this important initiative.
“I’m honored to be selected to contribute alongside this impressive group of experts. This initiative is important for New York State as we seek to find solutions that provide both environmental and economic benefits in our fight against climate change," said Thomann. "My goal is to leverage my experience to support how communities thrive in a clean energy economy. We need to help municipalities work together so they can develop the policies and implement the land use regulations that create healthy and vibrant places—this includes better utilization of tools and programs that provide multiple benefits for communities.”
The Advisory Panels will meet regularly over the coming months, with the goal of submitting a work plan and recommendations for development and outreach over the fall and into winter 2020. The Council plans to have a Draft Scoping Plan by end of 2021.
For four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. This team of more than 450 professionals spans the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. Bergmann develops connections with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time, while promoting environmental and functional sustainability. Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from signature buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning. For more information, visit www.bergmannpc.com.