Do you know where the electricity in your house comes from? Coal? Solar? Nuclear? The answer impacts everything from climate change to environmental justice. That’s why we write stories about the local effort to make Austin’s energy supply more sustainable.
Hello Austin EcoNetwork friends! In this post below, after my two cents, is an Action Alert from Cyrus Reed with Sierra Club. Its a TWO STEP — Smart Energy Survey and Austin Energy Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday night! If you haven’t already sent to Austin Energy your Smart Energy survey, please click and send in your survey today! http://tinyurl.com/cwr878 If you want to see how Sierra Club filled it out, click here —
Austin EcoNetwork subscribers and partners just gained a formal voice at the table with the inclusion of our very own Chief Inspiration Officer Brandi Clark being invited to serve on City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s Community Cabinet.
Yesterday’s Statesman’s blog (http://budurl.com/bcmayorcabinet) and today’s print edition featured the announcement of this Cabinet. The blog cites Mark Nathan, Leffingwell’s chief of staff, as saying that the mayor will want to know what issues and projects the group members are working on.
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National media are giving attention to Texas’ epic struggle between NEW -vs- OLD energy ideas. The Wall Street Journal. Blown Away: Wind Power Makes Electricity Cheaper in Texas http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/08/10/blown-away-wind-power-makes-electricity-cheaper-in-texas/ Green Energy War: A former California Energy Commissioner digests global climate and energy politics.
This week, Austin Energy will finalize its recommendation on what sources of energy will power Austin until 2020. More Fossil Fuel? Wind? Nuclear? Local Solar?
THEN to NOW
Austin EcoNetwork has been around for over six years but we have only recently become a website. In case you aren’t familiar, here’s a very short history:
In 2003 I wrote a letter inviting dozens of environmental community leaders to a meeting to explore what we could do to collectively be more successful as sustainability advocates by communicating, cooperating, and collaborating more.
Approximately 45 of Austin’s leading nonprofit, government, business, and community leaders participated in that initial meeting held at Casa de Luz.
Austin Energy is requesting citizen input on its master plan in order to help determine our energy "mix" through 2020. The survey consists of 3 simple questions.
"Where are we going to put our energy in solving the energy problem?" Austin’s own Susan Meredith has a great new book out, Beyond Light Bulbs. The book goes beyond "green" to explore questions related to lifestyle, health, and work. Susan’s holistic approach expands the conversation to include new perspectives, and helps people see big picture opportunities related to solving energy problems.