The Capital District Regional Planning Commission is actively involved with a number of sustainability initiatives across the region.  The Capital District Sustainability Plan’s goals and targets are categorized by the following focus areas:

  • Transportation
  • Land Use
  • Energy
  • Water Management
  • Waste Management
  • Economic Development
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Agriculture and Food Systems

More detailed descriptions of each goal, target and indicator can be found in the regional sustainability plan and the indicator document.

Climate Smart Communities

Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that encourages local governments to implement actions to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. Communities earn points toward certification for each action they complete. In addition to accumulating points, each community must complete a number of mandatory and priority actions at each level of certification (bronze, silver). The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regularly offers CSC Grant opportunities through NYS’s Consolidated Funding Application. To gain insight into how other municipalities are taking part in this program, please visit the Participating Communities page.

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), was the recipient of a three-year grant (May 2012 through November 2015) from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to manage the Climate Smart Communities Regional Coordinators Pilot Program in the Capital District. The purpose of the Pilot was to provide technical support to the communities within the Capital Region that were participating in the New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program. The CSC program is an interagency effort of NYSERDA, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), the New York State Department of State (DOS), New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT), New York State Department of Health, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). The NYDEC acts as the main administrator of the program.

For more information regarding Climate Smart Communities designation and qualifying actions, please visit for the most up-to-date information. The Sustainability Coordinators at CDRPC are here to help provide free technical assistance to municipalities through the CSC application process.

Solarize Capital Region

Citizens are working with fellow citizens to bring solar energy into their communities. Today, volunteer “Solarize” campaigns are growing in popularity throughout the NY, giving both residents and businesses new options for installing solar power while saving money.

Sustainability Planner
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Director of Sustainability
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Senior Planner
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LED Street Light Conversion in New York: A Common Sense Guide for Local Governments in the Mid-Hudson Region

While the benefits of LED street lighting are substantial from a financial, environmental, and community perspective, communities whose lights are owned by the utility have been challenged to move forward because they lack information about the pathways to an LED conversion.
To help fill this gap, this report has explained the options available to local governments for upgrading to LED street lights, and has described and assessed the costs and advantages of different ownership models and financial strategies.
The final chapter suggests steps for implementing an LED street light project, integrating findings of this study along the way.
Prepared for the Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium, NYSERDA Contract CGC53012, April 2018