Sustainability in Albany

    The IntergovernMOE&Smental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a guiding force in providing valuable insight about the realities of climate change.  Albany is taking initiative to mitigate adverse climate-related effects in the Capital Region, one of the most significant challenges of our community.  In coordination with Albany 2030, the City's Climate Action Plan and Climate Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Plan, provide information related to the environmental challenges we face…  and resources to reach our goal of making Albany a model sustainable City.


    Albany: partnering in Regional sustainability...

    • In 2005, Albany signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement strategies to become more sustainable.  Beginning with the creation of the Mayor's Office of Energy & Sustainability (see MOE&S), Albany is establishing goals to reduce energy use, protect its air and water, and conserve resources...  already  the City has completed a greenhouse gas emissions survey, installed Big Belly solar trash compactors and recycle bins throughout the City, and developed an energy conservation policy.
    • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently completed ClimAID (see Responding to Climate Change in New York State) summarizing the potential impacts of climate change across New York State and providing recommendations for adaptation strategies. Building off of ClimAID, Albany recently completed its own vulnerability assessment, an investigation into how climate change will likely affect the City, its infrastructure and natural resources.  Learn more about climate impacts in Albany, and how we can respond to current and future changing weather patterns, public health threats and environmental risks in the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Adaptation Plan.
    • In 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo began the Cleaner, Greener Communities Program to create more sustainable communities by funding smart growth practices.  Under this Program, NYS was divided into regions— a coalition of municipalities and organizations, which received funding from NYSERDA to create a regional comprehensive plan for healthy, safe and efficient development with sustainable goals. The City of Albany took the lead in partnering with public and private experts, community residents and other interested parties to develop a Regional Sustainability Plan that will significantly improve the economic and environmental health of the Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington Counties).  Read the Capital Regional Sustainability Plan.

    Improving our local environmental health...

    • Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)  The City's LWRP provides guidance to preserve and protect our waterfront. Efforts to update our 1991 LWRP began in 2012.  However, pending changes to the LWRP are currently being coordinated with a citywide review for "Green Code and Zoning" changes.  Therefore, the much needed updates, which will include strategies to address climate change, new flood hazards and provide reuse opportunities for brownfields, will be incorporated into the LWRP and adopted at a later date. 
    • Patroon Creek Daylighting  Daylighting the Patroon Creek is a green infrastructure project to address intense water flow, flood hazards and other damaging issues at the Tivoli Lake Preserve.
    • Quail Street, Midtown Neighborhood  This "green street" project will utilize bioretention, permeable pavement, and other green infrastructure methods to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality.
    • State Street, Downtown Albany  This green infrastructure project includes retrofitting portions of sidewalk with bioretention  for stormwater runoff. The bioretention areas will treat stormwater from sidewalk and roadways before discharging back into the existing City system and ultimately, the Hudson River.
    • North Swan Street Park, Arbor Hill  North Swan Street Park is a revitalization initiative for Arbor Hill and another implemention project from their neighborhood plan.
    • Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) includes creative development that aims to reduce urban sprawl, reduce traffic emissions and create a viable integrated mixed-use community.


    Regional Sustainability Planning    NYSDEC Smart Communities


      From The Mayor's Office