Sustainable Saratoga uses education, advocacy, and action to have a wide-ranging impact on our community, to benefit current and future generations

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Sustainable Saratoga promotes sustainable practices and the protection of natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations. Our work is focused in four project areas:

Climate & Energy

Through education, advocacy and action, our Climate & Energy committee seeks to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy waste, and develop renewable energy sources. By reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, we can help avert the dangers of climate change. A few of our 2019 highlights include:

  • Co-sponsored Saratoga’s first Sustainability Fair
  • Co-sponsored several discussions on climate change solutions
  • Started an environmental film series with Saratoga Film Forum

Urban Forestry Project

Inspiring teamwork and partnerships to expand and preserve Saratoga’s urban forest. We all benefit from trees: they increase property values, reduce water pollution, improve air quality, support wildlife, enhance people’s quality of life, and provide an aesthetically pleasing homage to Saratoga’s vibrant history. Just a few of our accomplishments in 2019 include:

  • Planted our 255th tree in our urban forest during Tree Toga 9
  • Started a #NextGenTree campaign to raise awareness of the need to plant trees for the future
  • Worked with City officials to increase their tree planting efforts
  • Serve as a resource for other towns and cities working to expand their urban forest
  • Provided technical assistance on tree-related sections of the Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) draft

Zero Waste

Conserving resources and keeping “trash” out of landfills through education and opportunities for our community to actively participate in easy and innovative ways to minimize household waste. Just a few highlights from 2019 include:

  • Saratoga Recycles Day: recycled over 13 tons of electronics; collected clothing, textiles, bikes, sleeping bags, blankets, clothing, and notions to be used to benefit local non-profits
  • Repair Café: our repair coaches fixed over 150 items this year, extending their useful life and keeping them out of the landfill
  • Backyard Composting workshops: trained 125 people
  • Started a community food scrap composting project with Pitney Meadows Community Farm
  • Held a Children’s STEM Fair, in collaboration with the Saratoga Springs Public Library and the Children’s Museum at Saratoga

Land Use Committee

Sustainable Saratoga supports “smart” development policies that reduce environmental impacts and make our community more livable for everyone. We focus on sustainability issues related to alternative transportation, parking, and protecting our natural areas. Here are a few advocacy efforts we led in 2019:

  • Parking: we advocated City Hall to initiate a managed parking system and to have a robust public process to decide the future of City-owned property.
  • Alternative transportation: we supported the downtown connector of the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail, the installation of bike lanes on Lake Avenue and the Henry Street Pilot program to create a safer, bike-friendly community will encourage people to bike rather than drive.
  • We surveyed the candidates’ positions on local sustainability issues to help voters make informed decisions.
  • Protection of our natural resources: we promoted awareness of the need to protect our region’s water quality.

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Sustainable Saratoga was busy in 2019 and is planning for an exciting 2020 that will offer even more opportunities to make a difference in our community. Read more about our 2019 achievements and our plans for 2020 (coming soon).

 

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Tree Toga 9 Planting Crew

Saratoga Recycles Day 2019