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Amy Stansbury

An Uber/Lyft Update

Here’s an update on the ongoing Uber/Lyft debate in Austin – Last week, City Council passed an ordinance essentially in support of the Mayor’s new Thumbs Up plan. Developed with help from a team of techies across Austin, Thumbs Up was designed to be a

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Mayor Steve Alder
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Thumbs Up Austin

Amid the fiery debate and intense back-and-forth about ride-hailing apps in Austin, Mayor Steve Adler has stepped in with what he sees as a solution. On Monday, he released the details of a new plan called, Thumbs Up Austin, a compromise between those calling for

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Uber Lyft
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

What’s going on with Uber and Lyft?

There has been a lot going on with ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft lately. After months of debate, Austin City Council approved an ordinance in December that requires all drivers for ride-hailing companies to undergo fingerprint-based criminal background checks.   This has long been a sticking

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Amy Stansbury

Austin & The UN Climate Talks

Austin Mayor Steve Adler certainly kept himself busy while in Paris, making the case for cities to lead in the global fight against climate change and touting some of Austin’s environmental success stories. In an interview with Bloomberg News in Paris, Adler spoke of Austin’s recent solar purchases

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EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

UN Climate Conference Starts This Week – What it Means for Austin

The much anticipated UN Climate Conference (also known as COP 21) officially began this week in Paris. More than 100 world leaders met in Paris on Monday to kick off two weeks of negotiations aimed at forging an international agreement to fight climate change. Although the agreement itself won’t be enough to

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