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County Executive Signs County Climate Coalition Executive Order & Announces New Green Initiatives

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 11:55 AM

Albany County to Become the Second in State to Join Organization

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today signed an executive order that will allow Albany County to join the County Climate Coalition, which would make it the second in New York State to take this important step. The organization is a direct rebuke to the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement and is an arm of the Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by Vice President Al Gore.

In committing Albany County to the intent of the Paris Agreement, County Executive McCoy has also submitted contract requests to the County Legislature to partner with NYPA to build up to six separate solar arrays throughout the county as well as to replace all county streetlights with new, energy-efficient LED versions.

“While the President denies basic climate science and takes our country backwards by unilaterally withdrawing us from the Paris Agreement, states and localities across the US are continuing to invest in sustainability, clean air and healthy communities,” said County Executive McCoy.

“Albany County has been a leader in reducing our carbon footprint, having already made our buildings far more energy efficient and converted over a third of our vehicle fleet to hybrid and electric, just to name a few initiatives. With these new proposals announced today, we are showing our commitment to this coalition is real and I hope our pledge can inspire even more localities to join,” he continued.

Replacing the 97 streetlights spread throughout Albany County with LED’s would not only lead to more than $42,000 in annual energy, maintenance and repair savings for taxpayers, but also improve visibility and safety on roadways.

The proposed locations for the new solar arrays include County-owned land near the Albany County Nursing Home, the Albany County Departments of Health and Mental Health Complex, Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension, County Department of Public Works Headquarters, the County Correctional Facility and the County Sheriff’s Clarksville Station. Once installed, the solar panels will account for more than 3,600 kilowatts of solar capacity.

These efforts are a continuation of the June 2017 executive order supporting the Paris Agreement and working with all organizations, businesses and residents to continue to fulfill its terms.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy