Climate Smart

"Today’s generation knows it’s smart to recycle. They want to recycle even when they are on the go. The single-stream program is an entry point to recycle when people are away from home.”– Michele Madigan, Smart City Commission Chair

In Process

  • Spa Solar Park - Being developed on the City-owned landfill, the park will provide a large proportion of Saratoga’s power needs
  • Solarize Saratoga – A partnership by the City’s Climate Smart Task Force, Sustainable Saratoga, and Green Conscience, a local business that sell sustainable goods
  • The Climate Smart Communities Pledge (CSC) - Outlines a plan for reducing Saratoga’s greenhouse gas emissions and will advance energy and economic benefits through technical assistance, potential funding and strategies for going green
  • Comprehensive Downtown Single-Stream Waste Collection and Recycling - The program will decrease the amount of waste in landfills by recycling materials through an efficient single-stream recycling process

Goals

  • Develop Climate Action Plan and achieve Climate Smart Communities certification
  • Continue conversion of city traffic and street lights from incandescent to LED
  • Use existing public-private partnerships as a platform for ongoing climate smart initiatives, from urban forestry management to Complete Streets

Open Space

Saratoga Springs is the “City in the Country,” an ideal that is reflected in the City’s recently revised Comprehensive Plan. A key objective of the plan is to protect open space resources that constitute a vital economic component and a valuable environmental, aesthetic, and recreational amenity.

Goals

  • Implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan to promote the preservation and enhancement of natural features, rural viewsheds, linkages, farmland, and public and private recreation areas
  • Update the City’s adopted Open Space Plan (2002) periodically
  • Complete the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail, a visionary 24-mile network that will form a continuous loop with interconnected feeder streets and trails throughout the city
  • Help landowners conserve their farmland, woodlands, and natural habitats through Saratoga PLAN

Sustainable Saratoga

Sustainable Saratoga is a not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable practices and the protection of natural resources through education, advocacy, and action, for the benefit of current and future generations in the Saratoga Springs area.

Goals

  • Implement Urban Forest Master Plan by working on many fronts, including education and advocacy for the preservation and expansion of Saratoga’s urban forest
  • Support housing and urban policies that reduce environmental impacts and make the Saratoga community more livable for everyone
  • Develop initiatives such as Bring Your Own Bag Saratoga which attempts to change retailers’ and consumers’ dependence on single-use plastic shopping bags
  • Increase energy efficiency, reduce energy waste, and develop renewable energy sources through the Climate and Energy committee, education, advocacy, and action

Possible Solutions from RPI

Electric Vehicle Initiative

The Saratoga Springs Electric Vehicle Initiative is a proposed plan to increase the usage of electric vehicles (EVs) in the city. There are four main components of the plan. Electric vehicles are an exciting technology that represents the future of the automotive industry. The City of Saratoga and its citizens can benefit from lower emission rates and lower fuel costs, helping the community grow into a forward thinking green environment. The components of the plan are:

  • Proposed locations for EV charging stations
  • Incentives for purchasing EVs in Saratoga
  • Promote education on the environment and economic impact of EVs
  • Integration other smart city technologies into the initiative
 Proposed Electric vehicle charging stations

Proposed Electric vehicle charging stations