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6:03 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Capital Region Sustainability Plan: Draft Plan Available for Review

A draft of The Capital Region Sustainability Plan is now available for review and comment - more from Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas

A coalition of Capital Region municipalities and organizations has received funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create a regional sustainability plan as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities Program.

Public workshops held throughout the 8 counties and on-line yielded hundreds of strategies.

Key goals include the establishment of sustainability & land use policies, and reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

NYSERDA President and CEO Frank Murray explains the agency's decision-making role as regards the final version of the plan when it is submitted in February...

The plans then become the basis for each of the regions to submit specific projects in response to the subsequent solicitation NYSERDA will put out next year.

Tom Crowell, director of outreach and resource development at the Columbia Land Conservancy in Chatham, expects to see positive results once the plan is approved and implemented

Citizens are encouraged to weigh in during the draft comment period, which runs through January 14, 2013.

NYSERDA expects the actual implementation grants will be handed out in December 2013.

The official comment period for this draft is from December 28, 2012 to January 14, 2013. General comments can be sent to the project team using the "contact us" form. Functionality for adding comments to specific sections of the plan will be added to this website by 1/3/13.  Written comments are also welcome and can be sent to the following address:

CRSP c/o City of Albany Department of Development & Planning
21 Lodge Street
Albany, NY 12207

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