NYS Assembly & Senate Pass "Complete Streets" Legislation
The State Assembly and Senate have recently passed legislation requiring new transportation projects consider alternative modes of travel during transportation planning processes. Passage of the bill would ensure bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, and other safe or sustainable infrastructure would not be left out at a time when New Yorkers are trying to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
"With this legislation, future state and local transportation projects will be planned in a way that is more mindful of all users of our roadways," said Assembly Transportation Committee Chair David Gantt. "Thanks to this new approach to road design, New Yorkers will be able to realize the convenience, energy savings and health benefits that all forms of mobility have to offer."
Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants Available
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has begun accepting applications for the Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program. Awards ranging from $2,500 to $50,000 will be given out to community-based organizations for projects that address exposure of communities to multiple environmental harms and risks. Projects can include cleaning up local pollution, starting community gardens, increasing educational outreach, amongst other goals. Not-for-profit organizations can find more information on the DEC’s program webpage. The deadline for applications is September 9, 2011.
Mayor Jennings Announces Electric Vehicle Program
Mayor Jennings announced Albany's new Electric Vehicle Program on April 21, 2011. Albany will partner with NYSERDA, NYS DOT and other entities to identify opportunities to install electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city. The program will result in a minimum of 15 electric vehicle charging stations installed throughout the city. Read about it in the Times Union.
"Albany plugs future of electric cars" Times Union