Sustainability Advisory Committee
The Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) was established by the Albany Common Council to help the City adopt and promote sustainable practices and to foster unified action on climate change. SAC works subsidiary to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, researching key action items and feasible methods that will help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on our community, guide conservation efforts, and reinforce our commitment for smart growth. SAC builds upon existing sustainability plans and resources to help Albany make decisions that are fiscally and environmentally responsible. (Albany 2030 Climate Action Plan, the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Plan, NYPA's Five Cites Energy Plan for Albany, and the Capital Region Sustainability Plan).
SAC Meeting Information
SAC Meetings are open to the public--all are welcome.
Location: Albany City Hall | City Court Room, Second Floor, Rm 209
2018 SAC Schedule:
Thurs. February 1
SAC is tasked to provide an annual report to the City's Mayor and to its Common Council. Below is SAC's first Annual Report, which summarizes the Committee's recommendations for incorporating sustainability into City operations, and how to best engage Albany's citizens in sustainability issues.
SAC Subcommittee Reports
To increase public participation, SAC has established sub-committees that focus on specific topics such as Energy, Land Use, Transportation, Water, Waste, Agricultural Systems and Public Outreach. Subcommittee activities and recommendations have been incorporated in the 2015 SAC Annual Report. The individual SAC subcommittee reports are available below:
Sustainability Advisory Committee Members
Peter Fleischer is a Strategy Consultant with the Urban School Food Alliance.
Jillian Kasow is the Director of the NYS Senate Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.
Scott Kellogg is the Educational Director at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, a non-profit environmental education organization in Albany.
Sandra Misiewicz, AICP, is a Senior Transportation Planner II with the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Capital Region.
Lori Quillen is the Director of Communications at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a not-for-profit environmental research organization.
Pete Sheehan is a utility analyst at the New York State Department of Public Service where he works on renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.
Ewa Sobczynska is an International Development specialist and has worked on sustainability issues with an array of international organizations, NGOs, and research institutes.
Jennifer Viggiani is the Open Space Coordinator for Clifton Park, where she works to conserve natural lands for public access and farmland and manages economic growth through land use patterns.
Joseph Coffey is Commissioner of the City's Department of Water and Water Supply.
Randall Milano is Albany's City Engineer.
Christopher Spencer is the City's Director of Planning.
William Trudeau is the City's Traffic Coordinator.
Frank Zeoli is the City's Director of Operations at the Department of General Services.