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:
- Land Use
- 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.
NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities
CDRPC helps local governments in the Capital Region deploy NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects.
Climate Smart Communities
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, and the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC).
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.