Setting the City on a path to achieve Albany 2030 requires strategic planning and action. Through public consensus, eight Sustainability Building Blocks were generated to help define the interrelationships amongst priorities listed in Albany 2030 and to help guide their implementation as we work to reach our desired future.
Utility and infrastructure systems are the engineered facilities and conveyance networks required to serve the developmental and operational needs of Albany as a whole, and the day-to-day functional needs of its citizens.
While often taken for granted, these systems have an enormous impact on the health of City residents and the local and regional environment. For example... discharges from Albany’s combined sanitary sewer and stormwater systems impact the quality of local water resources and habits... How residents and businesses use energy impacts local air quality and contributes to global climate change... Increasing multi-modal opportunities and Transit-Oriented Development reduces the negative impacts of high volume traffic and greenhouse gas emissions.
“Retooling” utility and infrastructure systems (such as the approach to use green infrastructure designs— (i.e., permeable materials that mimic natural hydrology and absorb or filter runoff) offers ample opportunities to move towards the sustainable City articulated in the Albany 2030 Vision Statement.
Key components within Albany 2030 that function to define Utilities & Infrastructure and that interrelate with other Sustainability Building Blocks include....
- Energy Supply & Use
- Public Drinking Water
- Sewer Systems
- Stormwater Management
- Solid Waste Management