Austin Climate Equity Plan

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Let's work together to build a thriving, resilient, and equitable future for everyone! This year, we're updating our 5-year priorities to meet Austin's net-zero climate goals, and we need your input to identify the strategies that will reduce emissions and benefit our community.

Background

Austin's Community Climate Plan was first adopted in 2015 and helped set the direction for net-zero emissions in Austin by 2050. Five years later, we're updating the plan with the goal of addressing racial equity while reducing our community's greenhouse gas emissions.

As we embark on this process, we recognize that a lot has changed since we created our first plan. We now know that climate change is happening faster than we thought and that the landscape of potential solutions has changed in terms of cost and technology. We also know that climate solutions have the potential to improve everyone’s quality of life, but climate change impacts don’t affect everyone equally. This is why we are leading with racial equity and learning from the lived experience of people in our community as we explore solutions to the climate crisis.

Our Process

As part of the Climate Plan Update, we convened six advisory groups that will focus on specific topics related to energy, transportation, food, and access to nature. We also launched a Climate Ambassadors Program that will give us the opportunity to hear from people in our community who have been historically left out of the conversation. All-in-all, this effort includes over 130 people who will meet regularly over the course of six months. As these groups begin to identify goals and strategies, we'll be reaching out using this platform to get your feedback.

Getting involved

Our team will use this page to ask and answer questions, provide updates, and gather feedback and stories. We hope you'll engage with us here, or at any of our in-person or virtual meetings and workshops.

Let's work together to build a thriving, resilient, and equitable future for everyone! This year, we're updating our 5-year priorities to meet Austin's net-zero climate goals, and we need your input to identify the strategies that will reduce emissions and benefit our community.

Background

Austin's Community Climate Plan was first adopted in 2015 and helped set the direction for net-zero emissions in Austin by 2050. Five years later, we're updating the plan with the goal of addressing racial equity while reducing our community's greenhouse gas emissions.

As we embark on this process, we recognize that a lot has changed since we created our first plan. We now know that climate change is happening faster than we thought and that the landscape of potential solutions has changed in terms of cost and technology. We also know that climate solutions have the potential to improve everyone’s quality of life, but climate change impacts don’t affect everyone equally. This is why we are leading with racial equity and learning from the lived experience of people in our community as we explore solutions to the climate crisis.

Our Process

As part of the Climate Plan Update, we convened six advisory groups that will focus on specific topics related to energy, transportation, food, and access to nature. We also launched a Climate Ambassadors Program that will give us the opportunity to hear from people in our community who have been historically left out of the conversation. All-in-all, this effort includes over 130 people who will meet regularly over the course of six months. As these groups begin to identify goals and strategies, we'll be reaching out using this platform to get your feedback.

Getting involved

Our team will use this page to ask and answer questions, provide updates, and gather feedback and stories. We hope you'll engage with us here, or at any of our in-person or virtual meetings and workshops.

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  • Climate Equity Plan Public Feedback

    about 2 months ago
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    The 2020 Austin Climate Equity Plan is ready for your feedback! We hope you'll take some time to view the plan's goals and strategies and let us know what you think. 

    First, some background: 

    City staff, local experts and Austin residents came together over 10 months to recommend 18 goals and 75 strategies, aimed at curbing emissions and achieving racial equity through climate action. In all, nearly 200 Austin residents participated in the process. This plan will update our first Community Climate Plan, which was adopted in 2015.  

    The new plan prioritizes actions that support low-income communities and communities of color. These communities have generally contributed the least to climate change, but are the most negatively impacted by climate change. 

    How to view the document and give feedback: 

    1: View the drafts of the full Austin Climate Equity Plan (pdf) and Summary Document (pdf).

    2: Take this survey to let us know your thoughts on the plan, and what strategies you'd like us to prioritize. 

    3: Leave any other general comments or feedback about the plan using this forum. 

    4: Public feedback closes on Sept. 30, 2020. 


     Thanks again for your participation!

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  • Comentarios del público sobre el Plan de Equidad Climática

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    ¡El Plan de Equidad Climática de Austin 2020 está listo para recibir sus comentarios! Esperamos que tome un poco de tiempo para ver las metas y estrategias del plan y nos haga saber lo que piensa.

    Primero, algunos antecedentes:

    El personal de la ciudad, los expertos locales y los residentes de Austin se reunieron durante 10 meses para recomendar 18 metas y 75 estrategias, destinadas a reducir las emisiones y lograr la equidad racial a través de la acción climática. En total, casi 200 residentes de Austin participaron en el proceso. Este plan actualizará nuestro primer Plan de Clima Comunitario, que fue adoptado en 2015.

    El nuevo plan da prioridad a las acciones que apoyan a las comunidades de bajos ingresos y las comunidades de color. Por lo general, estas comunidades son las que menos han contribuido al cambio climático, pero son las más afectadas negativamente por el cambio climático.

    Cómo ver el documento y enviar comentarios:

    1: Ver el documento resumen del plan de equidad climática (pdf).

    2: Responda a esta encuesta para hacernos saber sus pensamientos sobre el plan y qué estrategias piensa que debemos priorizar.

    3: Deje cualquier otro comentario general sobre el plan utilizando este foro.

    4: La retroalimentación pública se cierra el 30 de septiembre de 2020.


    ¡Gracias por su participación!

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