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Second Public Meeting on Bike Route Signage and Bike Sharing being held January 22

The City of Albany Department of Development and Planning, CDTC, and consultants Alta Planning + Design are conducting a study on what bike route signage is needed in the City of Albany and how bike sharing might be implemented here. Please join us on at on the evening of January 22nd to learn more about the study’s draft recommendations and to provide your input.

The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s Hall at the College of Saint Rose, 985 Madison Ave., Albany, NY.

There will also be an Open House from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for those who would like to stop by for more information.

*Parking - if you are not able to find an on-street parking space, public meeting attendees are permitted to park in Saint Rose lots Massry Lot 5 and CCIM lot 7 without being ticketed. These lots are located off of Madison Ave, diagonally across the street from St Joseph Auditorium. Please do not park in any other lots.

City of Albany hosts public meeting on Transit-Oriented Development along Bus Rapid Transit corridors

On November 7th, the City of Albany hosted a public meeting at the Linda as part of a planning process exploring opportunities for Transit-Oriented Development along the Bus Rapid Transit corridors in the city.

The presentation from the meeting is available below.

Opens in new browser windowNov. 7 Public Meeting Presentation (Adobe PDF, 10MB)

Public Workshop on bike route signage and bike sharing presentation now available, public asked to participate in survey

A public workshop for the City's Bicycle Signage Strategy and Bike Sharing Feasibility Study was held on September 24. A PDF version of the presentation as well as a handout of bike signage examples are linked below.

Opens in new browser window9/24 Public Workshop Presentation (Adobe PDF, 5.0MB)

Opens in new browser windowBike Signage Examples Handout (Adobe PDF, 670KB)

Also, the study team is encouraging the public to complete a survey (link below) on bicycling preferences. Your answers will help in the planning of improvements to Albany’s cycling infrastructure.

Opens in new browser windowTake the Albany Wayfinding/Bike Share Survey

Public Workshop on bike route signage and bike sharing being held September 24

The City of Albany Department of Development and Planning, CDTC, and consultants Alta Planning + Design are conducting a study on what bike route signage is needed in the City of Albany and how bike sharing might be implemented here. Please join us at 6 p.m. on the evening of September 24th at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, to learn more about this study and to provide your input. There will also be an Open House from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for those who would like to stop by for more information.

Opens in new browser windowView the 9/24/12 Public Workshop Flier (Adobe PDF, 770KB)

Riding around Albany Albany improves, installs miles of bicycle infrastructure

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)

Visit the CRSP Website 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.

City of Albany Launches Green Business Program

The City of Albany Green Business Program is a voluntary partnership between business leaders, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to improve overall efficiencies, save money, and reduce their environmental footprint as a means to creating a more sustainable Albany.

Participating businesses will receive exclusive member benefits such as direct technical assistance, networking opportunities and access to exclusive resources.

The goals of the Albany Green Business Program are to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with business operations
  • Reduce energy-related business costs freeing up much needed capital for business operations and expansion
  • Continue to be a leader in the state on environmental and sustainability initiatives
  • Be a destination for businesses committed to environmentally friendly and sustainable practices
  • Be a hub for green technology businesses and associated industries
More information:
Opens in new browser windowOverview of the Albany Green Business Program (Adobe PDF, 140KB)

Opens in new browser windowComplete the application and become an Albany Certified Green Business (Adobe PDF, 130KB)

City of Albany Announces Sustainable Spring

Click to view video Video of Mayor’s Announcement

Mayor Jennings announced today the launch of Albany’s Sustainable Spring. Sustainable Spring is a series of sustainability initiatives and events to encourage more environmentally responsible and sustainable behaviors among Albany residents and business owners. "The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness among residents and businesses within Albany and to continue to demonstrate the City’s leadership in the region on environmental and sustainability initiatives" Jennings said.

Sustainable Spring will launch with an Earth Day press event on April 19th for the Albany Neighborhood Energy Challenge Kick-off and will include the launching of the Capital Region Sustainability Plan and Albany Green Business Program. Additional events throughout Sustainable Spring will consist of helping clean up Albany's neighborhoods, ensuring the proper disposal of household hazardous waste and educating the public on the environmental and health benefits of biking.

Mayor Announces Launch of Neighborhood Energy Challenge

Mayor Jennings announced today the launch of Albany’s Neighborhood Energy Challenge, the first official event of Albany’s Sustainable Spring campaign.

Mayor Jennings, along with other Albany residents are challenging each other to make their homes and neighborhoods more energy efficient. “The Energy Challenge is a great way to educate and engage Albany residents in opportunities to save on rising energy costs. I encourage all residents to take the first step with a comprehensive home energy assessment,” said Mayor Jennings.

Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Energy and Sustainability, Albany 2030, the Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations and the Affordable Housing Partnership in partnership with New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Energy Challenge is a competition amongst Albany neighborhoods to complete comprehensive home energy assessments. The neighborhood with the highest percentage of participating homes will receive a neighborhood specific green enhancement provided by the City of Albany. The comprehensive home energy assessments are part of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program, offered by NYSERDA.

“We applaud the City of Albany for its leadership in the areas of energy and sustainability. The Neighborhood Energy Challenge is a great way to engage residents in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program” said Susan Cotner, Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Partnership.

“The City is proud to sponsor such an important event. It is important for Earth Day that we all look at ways we can change our behavior and live a more sustainable lifestyle. This challenge will show homeowners real ways they can make a difference for the environment and save money at the same time” Jennings said.

A comprehensive home energy assessment is:

  • A top-to-bottom look at the way your home uses energy
  • Performed by an expert Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractor certified by the Building Performance Institute
  • FREE for most New Yorkers
  • The gateway to qualifying for cash back incentives, low-interest financing and grants to help you afford improvements to your home’s energy efficiency
What homeowners will learn:
  • If important appliances such as your furnace and hot water heater are safe
  • Where air might leaking from your home
  • If your home is properly insulated
  • What repairs or replacements should be done to make your home more comfortable and help you save hundreds—or even more—on energy costs
For more information on Albany’s Neighborhood Energy Challenge visit
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