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

Save the Date Region 1 2015

What makes Wednesday so Wonderful? Water!

Shaker Creek culvert

Shaker Creek culvert

“Stormwater Wednesdays,” organized by The Center for Watershed Protection is a great education, outreach, and training initiative sponsored by the Storm water Coalition of Albany County. This webcast series is packed with cutting edge  research and practical guidance for stormwater program managers, engineers, landscape architects, contractors, municipal officials, policy makers, and others interested in compliant, effective stormwater management.

Check out the next Stormwater Wednesdays

Call or e-mail to reserve a seat:
447-5645 or

PDH and CEUs may be possible. See CWP website for

Join CDPA for a tour of the Albany County Sewer District North Plant

Plant SchematicWhat happens to wastewater when it leaves our homes? What processes are used to treat wastewater? How is stormwater handled? How are these systems regulated? What are the threats to this infrastructure, and how can we plan better to keep these assets running safely and efficiently? The answers to these questions, and more when we tour the ACSD North Plant in April. Space is limited – reserve your spot today!

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Greenway Grants of up to $25,000 available

The Hudson Valley Greenway has announced the latest rounds of grants available fund activities such as:

  • Natural an cultural resource protection,
  • regional planning
  • economic development
  • public access
  • heritage and environmental education

Greenway Grants

Greenway Compact Communities are eligible to receive up to$25,000 for projects that develop, approve, and implement a regional compact strategy consistent with the Greenway criteria and Greenway Act.   Non Compact communities may still apply but are only eligible for grants up to $10,000. Read more about this program and grab an application here.

Join us for a bike tour: Past, present, and future multi-use trail connections along the Hudson River’s western shore

Small WatersMay is National Bike Month. To celebrate, CDPA will host a 10-mile bike ride on Saturday, May 9th. As we pedal, we’ll discuss many exciting bike and pedestrian connections all in various stages of development from concept to complete.  Four presenters will discuss topics such as the South End Bikeway Link, trail and access improvements to the Corning Preserve, the Livingston Ave. Bridge, the Rte. 378 Troy-Menands Bridge bike ramp, and more! grab your bike helmet and come cycle with us!

To register click here!

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Time is running out to register for the CDRPC Planning & Zoning Workshop

Whether you’re a planning or zoning board member, building inspector or even a planner that wants to brush up on your skills and find out what’s new in planning, the March 27 CDRPC Planning and Zoning Workshop is up your alley.

The event will be held at the Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Center from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Check out a registration form but don’t wait. Register today to assure there’s a spot – this is a popular event.

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Reserve your spot today for our April 2 luncheon: Capital District Transit Planning & Capital Carshare

Join us and learn the about the future of transportation in the Capital Region! CDPA and the Young Professionals in Transportation organization have joined forces to co-organize a brown bag lunch event at UAlbany’s Geography and Planning Department for an interesting forum about CDTA and Capital Carshare and what the future holds for these dynamic organizations.

April 2, 11:30am to 1:00pm at the University at Albany Geography and Planning Dept. Register here.

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EPA Green Infrastructure Webinars

EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program web IMG_3274series is generally geared towards public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. Leading academics and professionals from around the country  cover a range of emerging topics and applications, from implementing green infrastructure in arid climates to winter operations and maintenance. Check out the 2015 slate of webinars here:

Hudson Valley Community College will host an Earth Day Celebration April 23

The sustainability committee of Hudson Valley Community College is sponsoring a campus-wide Earth Day event at the Campus Center on April 23rd  from 9am to 2:30pm. The committee is currently seeking vendors and organizations interested in tabling at the event.  There is no cost for a table.

Please contact Maxine for more information at 629-7787 or

Cehck out the event flyer here: Earth Day Celebration_15 HVCC

Environmental Advocates of New York seeking applicants for an Advocacy Director

Environmental Advocates is looking are looking for an individual with a background in grass-roots campaigns, direct advocacy, campaign development and a passion to improve the health and well being of New York’s environment and its people.

Specific Responsibilities

The Advocacy Director (Director) is responsible for managing and directing the work of Environmental Advocates of New York’s policy team. The director oversees projects in air/energy and water/natural resources, fiscal policy and environmental health. The Director coordinates with the Communications Director and Membership Director to effectuate message development, campaign design, and outreach strategies; and serves in leadership capacity for the organization in the absence of an Executive Director.



  • Advanced degree in public policy, management, law or equivalent experience;
  • leadership experience (minimum 5 years) as an advocate in the public interest, with demonstrated commitment to environmental protection considered a plus;
  • substantial experience managing people in a demanding work environment, with demonstrated ability to listen and build team strength;
  • solid understanding of and experience in political organizing and constituency building; strong analytical and strategic skills;
  • well organized, with excellent speaking and writing skills;
  • experience working for nonprofits, preferably policy-focused or advocacy organizations; and,
  • licensed driver with the ability to travel

Job Responsibilities:

  • Program Planning: Work with Board of Directors Program Committee, the Executive Director and senior staff on long-range planning; oversee design, development, and evaluation of the annual policy priorities.
  • Policy team management: Manage policy team, with direct supervisory responsibility for professional policy staff and interns; work closely with program directors on strategic direction of initiatives and budgets; review legal, scientific, and political directions of projects.  Ensure integration of projects and regular communication among policy staff.
  • Outreach/organizing Oversight: Working with membership staff, oversee progress of EANY organizing effort, integrating efforts to build constituency for environmental agenda; coordinate outreach/organizing with other advocacy tools.
  • Policy Priorities Oversight: Working with program directors, determine priority issues, constituency outreach, and alliance building with other organizations; integrate policy priorities agenda with advocacy in other forums — litigation, regulatory intervention, coalition, Green Panel, etc.
  • Project Responsibility: When appropriate, serve as project leader or organizational spokesperson on a project or issue that has implications for a wide range of organizational work.
  • Major Campaign Development: Work with policy, development and membership staff to craft major initiatives of significant public interest; design advocacy goals, strategies and tactics to achieve environmental protections, educate the public, and mobilize constituencies.
  • Fundraising: Work with policy staff and Board and Foundation Manager to craft concept papers, letters of inquiry and funding proposals on major initiatives.

Salary & Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Environmental Advocates offers excellent health benefits, retirement savings including an employer contribution, and a vibrant, fast-paced work environment.

To apply please send resume, cover letter, an appropriate writing sample, and at least three references via email to: Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director No calls please.

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Request for Articles: NY Upstate Chapter Newsletter

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association has put out a call for articles for consideration in the next Chapter Newsletter. Continue reading