Schenectady Energy Advisory Board (EAB)
held at 7:00 PM on the second Thursday of every month in Room 110
of City Hall.
Advisory Board was created in May 2007 by Schenectady City
Council Members Barbara Blanchard and Frank Maurizio after
former Mayor Brian
U. Stratton signed the U.S. Mayor’s
Climate Protection Agreement pledging to reduce the City’s
carbon footprint 7% by 2012.
Advisory Board Mission statement:
The Mission of
the Schenectady Energy Advisory Board is to make
recommendations to the City Council and to the
Administration in line with the U.S. Mayor’s Climate
Protection Agreement, in order to minimize environmental and
financial impacts by reducing the carbon footprint of the
city infrastructure and the community in general.
(opens in Word)
Report (opens as .pdf)
City of Schenectady Energy and Carbon
Emissions Review - April 2010
and Summary of Recommendations by Sector
departmental budgets by putting them online, starting with
the Water Department, using Clifton Park’s website as a
City Council and Administration
should approve performance contract for installation of
water meters at all residential properties in City of
Schenectady within a year of EAB formal presentation to
If performance contract is not
approved within this period, then residents shall have
the option to voluntarily install privately purchased
meters by licensed plumber (type of meter and
installation to be checked by City inspector).
Metered water rate to be set
similar to surrounding community standards and/or
current Schenectady commercial rate.
Solid Waste and
Recommend that City pursue
possibility of expanding range of plastics recycling in
conjunction with new Sierra Processing facility.
Edit handouts that require
separate bundling of paper products in paper bags.
Consider moving to a recycling
reward system, such as Recycle Banks.
Educate about benefits of
composting/recycling. Work to develop infrastructure in
the region for organics composting.
Enforce current ordinance
requiring registration of private waste haulers.
Recommend instituting a system of
warnings leading to non-collection and/or citations if
city recycling set-out requirements are not followed.
Initiate vehicle purchase policy
for all city departments that encourages use of higher
gas mileage/lower emissions vehicles (2008).
Encourage vehicle sharing between
departments, when feasible (2008).
Discontinue personal use of city
Calculate and track emissions from vehicle fleet
Accomplishments (opens in Word)
Initiate and maintain
procedures that allow convenient tracking and analysis of
carbon emissions across all sectors.
City owned buildings
undergoing major renovations or new construction must
meet LEED or equivalent standards.
performance contract building upgrades and continue to
document energy savings.
Encourage energy service
providers to submit all billing electronically to allow
for easier energy usage tracking (i.e. carbon footprint
analysis), as well as reduce paper waste and costs
associated with paper billing storage.
Work with Union College to
calculate and track emissions from buildings annually
using electronic data.
Vehicle Fleet Sector
Initiate vehicle purchase
policy for all city departments that encourages use of
higher gas mileage/lower emissions vehicles
devices to lower particulates on selected vehicles
vehicle sharing between departments, when feasible
and track emissions from vehicle fleet annually.
Street lights and Traffic Signals Sector
with National Grid to encourage development of more
energy efficient street lights.
Complete work on LED Traffic light replacement and work
with National Grid, Siemens, and city departments to
fully capture energy savings that have resulted from
traffic light replacement.
All new road development
projects will make provisions for bicycle and pedestrian
traffic, including the new Erie Boulevard corridor
Planning commission should
encourage installation of bike racks in all new
developments and major renovation projects.
Install bike racks in areas
of commerce and recreation.
Work with Union College
students to formulate a traffic usage summary to
estimate carbon footprint of vehicle traffic in
Work with the
Energy Advisory Board to develop the following:
Annual Energy Fair hosting
local “green” businesses and teaching best practices.
Collaboration with local
grade schools (ie school forum, science fairs,
information booklets to bring home)
presentations Development of residential “Eco-Teams”
similar to Burlington, VT
Set up EAB website
available through a link from the main City website to
track progress and inform the public of ongoing
initiatives, meetings, and minutes.
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