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Save the Date! APA Region 1 Conference, June 25-26, 2015

Save the Date Region 1 2015

Global Green offering free technical asstance

Does your community want greener, more equitable, and more vibrant neighborhoods? Is your community interested in increasing resilience in the face of extreme weather events? Are there significant projects on the horizon that your community wants to make sustainable?

Global Green is now accepting applications for no-cost technical assistance that can help communities achieve these goals. The assistance uses Global Green’s sustainable neighborhood assessment tool, which is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. This free assistance is being provided under a grant to Global Green from EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities’ Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

Eligible applicants are local and tribal governments. The deadline for applications is July 17, 2015, at midnight PST.

For more information and the application form, visit http://www.globalgreen.org/press/gxocudahx8g29noqxp3knsalyr3hlc.

I-787/Hudson Waterfront Corridor Study underway

Under 787 ramps in Albany's South End

Under 787 ramps in Albany’s South End

Two Public Workshops on 787 will be held on June 24th and June 30th. On June 24th the meeting will be from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Public Library Auditorium (Washington Avenue Branch) and on June 30th from 5 – 7:30 p.m.at the Watervliet Senior Citizens Center.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the study through exhibits of study area maps and presentations along with ongoing opportunities for input through interactive stations. The presentations will be given at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on June 24th and at5:30 p.m. on June 30th.

If you have any questions, or are unable to attend but wish to provide input, please contact Sandy Misiewicz, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner II, by phone (518) 458-2161 or email 787waterfrontstudy@cdtcmpo.org. Visit the project website at www.787waterfrontstudy.blogspot.com.

Are You Seeking Technical Assistance for a Community-Led Conservation and Recreation Project?

The National Park Service helps communities create close-to-home recreation opportunities. Their Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program is accepting applications through August 1 for help with a wide range of community-led projects.

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June 10th Stormwater Wednesday Webinar

The live, free Center for Watershed Protection webcast titled, “Multi-Sector & Industrial Stormwater Permits ” will be held next Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 1pm to 2:30pm, at the Town of Colonie, Public Operations Center, 347 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY. If you’d like to attend, please e-mail or call to reserve a seat: swcoalition@albanycounty.com or 447-5645. This is open to the public!  Need more info? See the flyer.

This event is being organized by the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County. 

Parks & Trails New York Internship Opportunity

Parks & Trails New York is seeking an Arthur V. Savage Intern for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Arthur V. Savage Internship Program offers an opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates to work in Albany with the Parks & Trails New York staff to shape environmentally intelligent policies, organize grassroots constituents and provide stewardship for parks, trails, and other outdoor recreational facilities.

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Marketing Plans for Municipal Growth

Marketing Plans for Municipal Growth will be presented by the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Fellows and followed by a reaction panel of elected officials

June 23, 2015   8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For more information and a registration form visit http://pattern-for-progress.org/events-0

 

 

Join CDPA for our next “field trip,” a tour of Green Infrastructure practices at the State University at Albany

DaleyPlanit's Albany (4)Green Infrastructure (GI) practices which utilize infiltration of runoff into the ground, are one tool in a vast toolkit of engineering solutions employed for Stormwater Management at the University at Albany . Examples of these GI practices include infiltration of runoff by means of subsurface facilities, porous pavements, rain gardens and green roofs. These practices reduce the stormwater runoff from the campus that used to go off site to surrounding roads and streams and into the combined sewer system.

On July 21, University at Albany Facilities Management will host a 1-hour tour in which attendees can learn about what GI looks like, how it functions, the benefits of these practices, and the challenges of installing and maintaining this emerging technology. We will meet for a tour on Tuesday, July 21 at noon at the brand new Liberty Terrace Apartments, located along the ring road of the campus. Register here!

In Case you Missed It: A Recap of the CDPA Multi-use Trail Connections Tour

It was a mighty fine day for a bike ride this past Saturday and CDPA was fortunate to have a dozen folks meet us at the Island Creek Park in Albany for a tour of proposed, planned, under construction , and completed bike trail facilities along Albany’s Hudson River waterfront. Here are a few images from the event. Thanks to all of our presenters and attendees!

Looking south on to the Hudson from the Island Creek Fishing Pier

Looking south on to the Hudson River from the Island Creek Park Fishing Pier

Peter Thomas shares historical images of the former D&H Rail line and a map illustrating the proposed "South End Bikeway Link" connection from this soon-to-be-constructed rail trail to the Corning Preserve portion of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail.

Peter Thomas shares historical images of the former D&H Rail line and a map illustrating the proposed “South End Bikeway Link” connection from this soon-to-be-constructed rail trail to the Corning Preserve portion of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail.

City of Albany Planner Kate Lawrence shares highlights of the Corning Preserve Master Plan

City of Albany Planner Kate Lawrence shares highlights of the Corning Preserve Master Plan while Ivan Vamos pitches in to recount this history of the original Corning Preserve and Trail 

Tour participants hear Martin Daley share the history of the Livingston Avenue Bridge and tout the benefits of restored bike and pedestrian access across a rebuilt bridge.

Tour participants hear Martin Daley share the history of the Livingston Avenue Bridge and tout the benefits of restored bike and pedestrian access across a rebuilt bridge.

Conference Volunteers Needed in June!

This year, the New York Upstate Chapter is hosting the APA Region 1 Conference here in the Capital District Section at the Saratoga Springs City Center.  To make this a success, your help is needed!  Will you volunteer?

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Job Opening: Audubon International Seeking a Program Specialist

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality environmental education and using incentive-based approaches to implement sustainable natural resource management in several specific business and public sectors, including recreation facilities, landscaped green spaces, and small private communities and public municipalities.

Audubon is currently accepting applications for the position of  Program Specialist.

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