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 is expected to recommend methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and renewable energy production, conserve resources, reduce waste, and employ environmentally-responsible products.

SAC also works subsidiary to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (Albany E&S) to reach sustainable goals and implement best practices.  Albany E&S has created sub-committees that have a focus on specific topics such as Energy, Equity, Transportation, Water, Waste and Food Systems.  SAC is also expected to assist Albany E&S in the implementation and monitoring of the City’s adopted sustainable plans:  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.  

You can contact SAC by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Albany E&S 'Contact Us' form.

About Sustainability Advisory Committee Meetings

SAC Meetings are open to the public, all are welcome.
Location:  Albany City Hall  |  City Court Room, Second Floor, Rm 209
Time:  5:30pm

Thurs. August 25, 2016
Tues.  October 25, 2016

Tues.  December 13, 2016
Tues.  February 28, 2017
Thurs. April 27, 2017
Tues.  June 13, 2017
Thurs. August 24, 2017
Thurs. October 26, 2017

Thurs. December 14, 2017

The minutes for SAC meetings can be found here.

SAC Annual Report

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 to engage Albany's citizens in sustainability issues. 

2015 SAC Annual Report

SAC Subcommittee Reports
Subcommittee activities and recommendations have been incorporated in the 2015 SAC Annual Report.  The individual SAC subcommittee reports are available below:

2015 Built Environment & Land Use Subcommittee Report
2015 Urban Ag Subcommittee Report
2015 Energy Subcommittee Report
2015 Outreach Subcommittee Report
2015 Transportation Subcommittee Report

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.

Shadi Khadivi is an architect at the New York State Office of General Services: Division of Construction and Design.

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 the Commissioner of the City of Albany Department of Water and Water Supply.

Randall Milano is Albany's City Engineer.

Christopher Spencer is the Planning Director for the City of Albany.

William Trudeau is the Traffic Coordinator for the City of Albany.

Frank Zeoli is the Director of Operations for Albany's Department of General Services.