City of Albany joins the Compact of Mayors
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is proud to announce her commitment to the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and track their progress transparently. Launched at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, the Compact of Mayors is the world's largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change. Find Albany on the global map of committed cities here.
Sustainability Advisory Committee releases 2015 Annual Report
The Sustainability Advisory Committee released its first Annual Report, which summarizes the SAC's recommendations for futhering sustainability initiatives within the City. The report was completed in June 2015. Learn more...
City of Albany Energy Plan Released
The Albany Energy Plan is a strategic plan to reduce the City's energy use and related greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective manner while ensuring reliability and resilience. The finished plan, which was developed over a year of in-depth analysis and multiple stakeholder meetings, provides a comprehensive approach to energy use reduction and management, both within municipal operations and city-wide.
Climate Smart Communities
The City of Albany is one of the first six municipalities in New York to achieve certification as part of the state Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program, which is designed to support municipal efforts to meet economic, social, and environmental challenges posed by climate change. New York is addressing the real threat of climate change through programs designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy. Albany was rewarded the CSC certification in 2014 for its leadership in tackling this environmental challenge.
STAR Communities announced that Albany has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. In June of 2014, the city became the 11th in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities, which evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. STAR Communities is a national leader in rating sustainability efforts of cities, towns, and counties; its national ratings program helps communities evaluate themselves in seven areas related to sustainability, such as "Climate and Energy," "Built Environment," and "Economy and Jobs." Several efforts stood out among Albany's sustainability initiatives: business retention and development, targeted workforce development initiatives, green infrastructure and innovative historic preservation programs. "Albany should be applauded for its commitment to sustainability, and for the clarity and transparency provided while achieving its goals," said Halari Varnadore, executive director of STAR Communities.