Future Leaders in Planning


Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) – CDRPC’s pilot program that connects high school students with opportunities and challenges in Planning for the Capital District, had a successful, very engaging week in collaboration with the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Early College Program. Students engaged with leaders in Regional Planning on Transportation, Energy, Economic Development, Waste and Recycling, and Open Space Conservation. Diverse visits to places like the Albany Pine Bush, Global Foundries, Brookfield Renewables Hydropower facility, and Pitney Meadows Community Farm offered a unique experience for the students to interact directly with community leaders.

A huge thank you to our partners that supported our first year!

American Planning Association – New York Upstate Chapter

City of Saratoga Springs
Brookfield Renewables
Pitney Meadows Community Farm
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
County Waste- Sierra Recycling Facility
Capital Roots

Plans to expand FLIP are underway for 2020- stay tuned for more developments. If you are interested in the program, want to volunteer, or connect your school or organization to FLIP, please contact Kate Maynard at kate.maynard@cdrpc.org.


Check out the 2019 program brochure here!

Check out our two part program update reviewing the site visits from the week!

Part 1 & Part 2

Students learning about parks preservation in Congress Park
Students taking a tour of the Sierra Recycling Facility











Tour of the Sierra Waste Facility
Inside Tory’s Tech Valley Center of Gravity


















Students learning about the CDPHP Bike Share program
Students taking a tour of Pitney Meadows Community Farm












Students touring the Brookfield Renewable Hydropower Plant in Cohoes


Students touring the Albany Pine Bush Preserve











Saratoga Springs Principal Planner Susan Barden explaining a development project in the city


Students explaining their work during an introductory activity at the beginning of the program











Presentation from CDTC’s Michael Franchini
Students taking a tour of GlobalFoundries in Malta