The counties of Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer face a number of environmental challenges, from smart growth and brownfield reuse, to funding for parks, open space and waterfronts.
Climate change is not only transforming our world, it’s transforming the Capital Region. Recent severe storms destroyed our infrastructure, damaged our neighborhoods, and changed our landscape. We must become more resilient to the next storm, but we must also work to mitigate the long-term effects of a changing climate by promoting renewable energy, building efficiency, sustainable transportation, and better solid waste management.
Bounded by the Adirondacks and the Catskills, and with the Hudson River running directly through it, the Capital Region boasts incredible natural resources. Though climate change is on the forefront of our minds, we must also make sure that we’re conserving these incredible assests for future generations.
Finally, we must make sure that we take steps to protect public health. Every Capital Region resident deserves access to clean air, well-maintained parks for recreation, fresh food from local farms, and protection from toxic chemicals.