September 10, 2010
By: by The Business Review
Albany now has an Office of Energy and Sustainability.
Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings announced the creation of the new office Thursday. The purpose of the new office is to implement the mayor's sustainability agenda, which he announced in April 2009. The city received $1.04 million from the U.S. Department of Energy that made the creation of the office possible.
Jennings said Office of Energy and Sustainability will be directed by the mayor's office and will work with the city's planning staff and department heads as well as the public and local institutions.
"The Office of Energy and Sustainability is going to be a valuable tool for identifying cost savings, increasing efficiencies and reducing our carbon footprint," Jennings said.
Doug Melnick, Albany's director of planning, is overseeing the office. He said staff was completing a citywide greenhouse gas inventory, coordinating with city departments and applying for grants to support the office operations and other projects.