Green Commuting Fair

Want to learn more about sustainable commuting options in Albany? Then come to the Green Commuting Fair at Tricentennial Park on Monday, May 14th from 10AM to 2PM! Hosted by the New York State Interagency Sustainability Committee, the event will feature:

- An electric vehicle ride and drive (see and test out the latest plug-in vehicles);
- Information and resources on green commuting, including transit, carpooling, bike share, and more; and
- People to assist you in finding the best green commute option for the upcoming Green Your Commute Day (taking place on 5.18.18)

So stop on over and learn more about how you can green your commute!

Earth Day at the City Hall Rotunda

 In celebration of Earth Day 2018, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the City of Albany  Sustainaiblity Advisory Comitee will host a sustainbility day at the City Hall Rotunda, 5:30PM - 7:30 PM, Albany City Hall




City of Albany joins the Compact of Mayors

COM committed 15Albany 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.

City of Albany Energy Plan Released

The Albany Energy PlanPicture1 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.

STAR Communities

star seal 3starSTAR 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.

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.

Sustainability Advisory Committee first public meeting

A newly appointed Sustainability Advisory Committee (established by the Albany Common Council to help foster sustainable behavior and initiatives within the City) is set to conduct their first meeting, Thursday, August 28, 2014 in City Hall (City Court Room) at 5:30 pm.  Meetings are open to the public and will take place on the fourth Thursday of each month.  Learn more...

Sustainability Advisory Committee releases 2015 Annual Report

The Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) released its first Annual Report, which summarizes SAC's recommendations for futhering sustainability initiatives within the City. The report was completed in June 2015.   Learn more...

Albany improves, installs miles of bicycle infrastructure

Riding around Albany

In 2009, the City of Albany initiated its first Bicycle Master Plan. The Bicycle Master Plan is a comprehensive study identifying a network of bicycle routes for improved cycling throughout the City. In 2010, the City of Albany Bicycle Master Plan received an award from New York Upstate chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) for Innovations in Sustainable Places. Since the inception of the plan, the City has improved or installed over ten miles of bicycle infrastructure with more planned for the future.

Opens in new browser windowView a map of the completed routes (Adobe PDF, 740KB)

City of Albany participates in the Capital Region Sustainability Plan

The City of Albany is pleased to announce its participation in the Capital Region Sustainability Plan, a coalition effort to craft a smart growth plan for Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington Counties. This project is part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program, a major environmental initiative announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last year.

There will be multiple opportunities to participate in person and online, including the first round of public workshops:

  • Monday, July 23 from 7-9pm, Coxsackie-Athens High School, 24 Sunset Boulevard, Coxsackie
  • Tuesday, July 24 from 7-9pm, Doane Stuart Commons Room, 199 Washington Ave., Rensselaer
  • Wednesday, July 25 from 7-9pm, Queensbury High School, 409 Aviation Road, Queensbury

Your participation will help create a regional plan that reflects the values and vision of you and your community. Participants will have opportunities to learn and contribute through a range of options from low tech to high tech, and you will have an opportunity to experience new approaches to meetings that go beyond stale coffee, donuts and talking heads.

You can find information about the process, the Consortium and the project team, and upcoming events on the new website, on the Facebook page, and on Twitter.