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

Save the Date Region 1 2015

Erie Canalway seeks a Director of Development

The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, with an IRS 501(c)(3) determination, that works in partnership with a federal Commission to raise, manage and deploy resources for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Job Description
The Erie Canalway seeks to hire a Development Director who will develop, coordinate and implement strategies for private and public support that meet the resource needs of the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and are consistent with the mission and values of the organizations. Continue reading

Albany County Land Bank seeks a Property and Development Manager

The Albany County Land Bank seeks applications for the position of Property and Development Manager. This is a full-time position with responsibility for day-to-day management of the Land Bank’s inventory of real property and for supervision of contractors engaged to manage, maintain, and otherwise perform work on Land Bank properties. This staff person will report directly to the Executive Director. Continue reading

Eco Machine – Living Without Wasting    

Exterior of the Eco Machine

What’s an “Eco Machine?”

The Omega Institute’s Eco-machine is a revolutionary wastewater treatment facility and education center that uses natural process and renewable energy to manage wastewater.  Come learn about this revolutionary new technology.

November 11, 2014 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (Presentation starts promptly at 6:00) SUNY Albany’s Business Building, Room 125, Albany, NY (click here for directions)  The Business School is on the circle off of Washington Avenue Extension, on the side closer to Fuller Road.

Register Here ($15 for Green Building Conference Chapter members; $20 for Non-members; $10 for Students. SUNY Albany students and staff are free. At the door: $25, cash or check only)

Parking: Parking is available in the Visitor Lot in front of the building. Fee is $3, cash or credit card.

About the Presenter: Robert “Skip” Backus is chief executive officer of the Omega Institute and founder of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. Backus’ pioneering work in Living Building Challenge construction and Eco Machine operation has played an important role in the continuing development of both technologies. Over the past three decades, Backus laid the foundation for Omega’s environmental and conservation initiatives, including campus recycling and composting, sustainable purchasing and support of local agriculture, water conservation, and sourcing of campus electricity from wind and solar technology.

11th Annual Conference & Hudson-Mohawk Town Hall

Saturday, November 8 at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY will be a day of fascinating workshops followed by a Town Hall with Congressman Paul Tonko and Russell Sage’s Dean Donna Heald. The conference will explore a concern expressed often at Congressman Tonko’s Mighty Waters Task Force meetings: how to mobilize the vast resources and talent of our higher education institutions to address the diverse needs of the Hudson-Mohawk watershed.  

Morning and lunch will be an exposition of the extraordinary range of environmental topics currently being researched by Sage faculty. The afternoon will feature breakouts to explore regional priorities followed by the Town Hall, hosted by Congressman Tonko and Dean Heald, where an open discussion of the breakout findings will conclude with concrete recommendations for a succinct path forward.  

Read more about the Conference program and register here.

Schenectady’s Metroplex: The secrets to their success

Join CDPA on Thursday, November 20th at the sparkling new Mexican Radio Restaurant!

Buy your tickets here!

CDPA is featuring a presentation about Metroplex, the dynamic Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, established in 1998 to enhance the long-term economic vitality and quality of life in Schenectady County. This entity has been making news a great deal recently. From their contribution to the revitalization of downtown Schenectady to helping to shepherd in a Land Bank, this relatively young institution has been able to leverage assets to encourage revitalization efforts throughout the  community they serve. How do they do it? The Metroplex is funded through dedicated sales tax revenue (70 percent of one-half of one percent of the county sales tax). It can design, plan, finance, site, construct, administer, operate, manage, and maintain facilities within its service district. But that’s not the only secret ingrediant to their success. Come learn the rest of the story. Visit Metroplex on the web at

We will be dining at the brand new Mexican Radio location in downtown Schenectady. Check out the  “express lunch” menu.

Parking is available in surface lots at the corner of Broadway and Liberty St. Parking is free for the 1st two hours, then $3 for hour three.

Note, CDPA will be conducting the buisness of our annual meeting immediately following the presentation. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Waste tech

Recycling is cool.

At this week’s Hudson River Watershed Alliance conference one of the many showstoppers was the The Eco Machine – an all-natural, zero energy living “machine” that has the capability or processing 52,000 gallons of wastewater per day.  This living machine might be a way to process flow off large institutions where a waste water system can be developed off-line (hospitals, schools, governmental institutions and some commercial developments).

Then, today, this story on  Vancouver’s ‘District Energy Utility‘ and how it’s being used to provide heat large developments by essentially by recycling heat from waste water.

Imagine, if you will, the potential for energy savings and the wonderful environmental impacts of using these technologies and utilizing solar energy for the remaining energy needs. Quite the one-two punch, eh?

Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) seeking Economic Development Planner/Project Manager

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) has an opening for  Economic Development Planner / Project Manager. This position involves the advanced application of planning and management skills in a collaborative team office environment. Continue reading

New Leaders Council – Seeking Applicants for Professional Development Institute for Young Professionals

The New Leaders Council (NLC) recruits, trains and promotes the next generation of progressive political, nonprofit, and private sector leaders.  The NLC Institute is a highly selective training program which holds sessions one weekend per month from January through June.  

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Four October Conferences about Managing Stormwater and Green Infrastucture

IMG_3274October is National Stormwater Awareness Month!

No, not really. But there’s a boatload of stormwater and Green Infrastructure events lined up for the next couple of weeks here in NY. Perhaps you need to learn about this new tech, you need a professional credit, perhaps you’re looking to learn about the next big thing to manage run-off. Continue reading

American Planning Association: Arbor Hill, one of America’s Great Neighborhoods

Ten Broeck View

Ten Broeck View

Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood was just designated one of the American Planning Association’s “Great Places in America” because of it’s great historic assets, community engagement and civic pride, and it’ context sensitive development. Continue reading