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Office Address & Phone
Mayor's Office of Energy & Sustainability
21 Lodge Street
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 434-2532 ext.35
Fax: (518) 434-9846
Office of Energy & Sustainability Staff
Douglas Melnick, AICP
Mr. Melnick was appointed by Mayor Jennings to serve as the director of the Mayor's Office of Energy & Sustainability. In his concurrent role as Director of Planning for the City of Albany, he is responsible for providing technical assistance and guidance to the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Historic Resources Commissions, and the Planning Board. These boards are responsible for ensuring that all proposed development within the City meets applicable state and local regulations. Additionally, he oversees all neighborhood-planning initiatives and is spearheading the City's first Comprehensive Plan, Albany 2030, which has a very specific focus on sustainability. Mr. Melnick currently serves as a member of NYSDEC's Sea-Level Rise Task Force Infrastructure Work Group, and is the Professional Development Officer for the Upstate New York - Capital District Section of the American Planning Association. Mr. Melnick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a National Charrette Institute (NC) Certified Facilitator.
Ms. Lundgren is Senior Project Manager in the Climate & Energy practice at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB), an environmental engineering firm contracted to assist the City of Albany with its energy and sustainability initiatives. Ms. Lundgren leads the development and oversees implementation of the initiatives led by the Mayor’s Office of Energy & Sustainability. Ms. Lundgren brings more than ten years of experience working with cities and sustainability to her role developing and leading the Albany Office of Energy and Sustainability. In her previous role as US Services Director for ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Ms. Lundgren supported the design, implementation, and evaluation of energy and climate protection programs in more than 500 local governments across the nation including Miami-Dade County, Florida; Washington, DC; Annapolis, New York, San Diego, Houston, and Boston. She developed the first municipal climate action plan in Massachusetts and led the facilitation and development of one of the first municipal climate adaptation plans in the United States. Ms. Lundgren holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Ms. Hewitt is Technical Program Officer in the Climate & Energy practice at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB), an environmental engineering firm contracted to assist the City of Albany with its energy and sustainability initiatives. Ms. Hewitt provides technical support for the Mayor’s Office of Energy & Sustainability, including the City’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory, energy baseline assessment, and the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. She brings to this office experience working with local governments on energy reduction strategies and energy data management. In addition, she has extensive knowledge of sustainability planning and green building practices, as well as energy and carbon markets. She has energy management training, has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, and skills to conduct greenhouse gas inventories and develop climate action plans for both local government and institutional clients. Ms. Hewitt holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Smith College.