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

Save the Date Region 1 2015

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

Honor a fellow Planner: Nominate them for Sustainable Communities Division Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

The Second Annual Sustainable Communities Division Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

Deadline for nominations: March 16, 2015

APA’s Sustainable Communities, International, and Urban Design and Preservation Divisions are pleased to announce the Second Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability, to be awarded at the National Planning Conference in Seattle on April 19, 2015.


  • Sustainable Development Project
  • Sustainable Building Project
  • Sustainable Park, Recreation, or Open Space Project
  • Green Infrastructure or Transportation Project
  • Sustainable Policy, Law, or Plan
  • Sustainable Urban Design or Preservation Plan or Project
  • Emerging Leader’s Sustainability Plan or Project
  • Leadership in Sustainability


Open to both APA members and non-members. Any plan, project, program, tool, process, report, or ordinance entered must have been published, implemented, or completed within three years of the date of submission.

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Free 1CM webinar: Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience

On February 26, 2015 3-4 pm EST,  through its participation in the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, APA will present a free webinar exploring how communities can use solar development to enhance resilience.

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What Brew Can Do for You, Too

There’s an old adage “You can never buy beer, you just rent it.”

Today, at least for one Colorado city, the waste product of making beer could be used to treat the waste product created from drinking beer. From the state that features the iconic Rocky Mountains on one of their more popular export brews comes a unique plan to use byproduct of fermentation to treat municipal wastewater.  The city of Boulder is teaming up with Avery Brewing Company to use weak wort—a sugar-water brewing byproduct—to help treat municipal wastewater. Yes. Really.

The 75th Street WWTP treats an average of 12.5 million gallons of wastewater per day. Wastewater reaching the facility goes through a 20-hour, multi-stage treatment process.

Boulder’s Wastewater Treatment Facility had been searching for new ways to reduce nitrogen levels in wastewater for years. According to city Wastewater Process Optimization Specialist Cole Sigmon, this meant finding new kinds of food for the bacteria the facility uses to break down nitrogen. Those bacteria love sugar, which is why, after testing other sources, the city found Avery’s weak wort to be a great food source for them—as well as cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the industry-standard acetic acid.

Read more on City Lab.

Water. Power.

A turbine within the pipe generates electricity from the force of water

If you live in Portland, your lights may now be partly powered by your drinking water. An ingenious new system captures energy as water flows through the city’s pipes, creating hydropower without the negative environmental effects of something like a dam. Small turbines in the pipes spin in the flowing water, and send that energy into a generator. Read more.



Registration open for the 7th Annual Mohawk Watershed Symposium

Sign up now for the 7th Annual Mohawk Watershed Symposium, March 20, 2015 at Union College in Schenectady.

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New York Bicycling Coalition Seeks Executive Director

The New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), a twenty-five year old non-profit organization based in Albany, New York, is seeking a full-time Executive Director.

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Join Historic Albany on Tuesday, March 3 for a discussion on the Empire State Plaza AKA “Brasilia of the North”

Historic Albany Foundation Pub Lecture: Albany & Brasilia

Tuesday, March 3 @ 5:30pm

$5 HAF Members // $10 General Public

Albany has been affectionately called “Brasilia of the North.” This phrase refers specifically to Empire State Plaza, which was conceived of and built several years after the Brazilian government was moved from coastal Rio de Janeiro to a new site some 500 miles away: Brasilia.

Pull up a barstool and listen to Dr. Doug Cohn explore the similarities and differences between Albany and Brasilia. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Nicki at or (518)465-0876, ext. 10.

NYSERDA Seeking Project Manager for Transportation Research

NYSERDA seeks an independent, creative individual to act as program lead in the establishment of a portfolio of research partnerships and product development activities in the advanced transportation area. A particular focus will be on applied research and development of innovative approaches to improving the performance of all modes of public transit: subway, commuter rail, bus, air, and ferry. Program activities include technology advancement, culminating in successful product commercialization; demonstration and qualification of newly emerged products; and development of strategies and business models that improve the energy, environmental and operational performance of public transportation. This position is responsible for approximately a $25 million portfolio of projects that will involve 20-50 research projects and will require 15–25% travel.

NYSERDA is looking to fill the position soon. It’s in the Albany office. If you’re interested please click on the link below: