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Reza - Net Zero Hero
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Net-Zero Hero: Reza Cristián

About The Author This post is sponsored & written by The Office of Sustainability, the city department that is working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just local food system, and climate resiliency. Action Box Click the badge above to read SUSTAIN THE

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HOME Podcast
Essays
Amy Stansbury

The HOME Initiative: What It Is & Why It Matters

On December 7th, Austin City Council will vote on the HOME Initiative, a proposal to allow up to three housing units to be built on single-family lots. The idea is to increase the city’s supply of “missing middle” housing, but like so many debates related

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HOME - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Explaining The HOME Initiative

Summary Austin City Council is voting on the HOME initiative on December 7th. Action Box Have thoughts on the HOME Initiative? Click on the badge above to sign up to speak at the December 7th Council meeting. On December 7th, Austin City Council will vote

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Yard Trimmings - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Too Many Leaves & Branches For Your Compost Cart?

About Austin Resource Recovery This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Resource Recovery, the city department whose mission is to achieve zero waste by providing excellent customer services that promote waste reduction, increase resource recovery, and support the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.

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Onion Creek Greenway
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Prop B & The Onion Creek Greenway

Summary Travis County voters will have two important propositions on their ballot this year – Prop A & Prop B. There are also 14 statewide propositions on the ballot this year. Action Box Vote! Early voting starts on October 23rd and Election Day is November

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State Parks Podcast
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Explaining Your Ballot: State Propositions

The are 14 proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot this year. In this episode we take a deep into several of them, including Prop 4 (property taxes), Prop 6 (water), and Prop 8 (broadband internet).   Our guests include state Rep. Vikki Goodwin, Jennifer

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State Props - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Explaining Your Ballot: State Props

Summary Texas voters will have 14 state propositions on their ballot this year! Action Box Vote! Early voting starts on October 23rd and Election Day is November 7th. Hey Texas! Did you know that you have 14 state propositions on your ballot this year? Keep

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Gilleland Creek Cover
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Prop B & The Gilleland Creek Greenway

Summary Travis County voters will have two important propositions on their ballot this year – Prop A & Prop B. There are also 14 statewide propositions on the ballot this year. Action Box Vote! Early voting starts on October 23rd and Election Day is November

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ABCs cover
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

The ABCs and 123s of Your Ballot

Summary Travis County voters will have two important propositions on their ballot this year – Prop A & Prop B. There are also 14 statewide propositions on the ballot this year. Action Box Vote! Early voting starts on October 23rd and Election Day is November

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Prop 14
Essays
Amy Stansbury

$1 Billion For State Parks? Explaining Prop 14

There  are 14 proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot this year. One of them, Prop 14, would create a $1 billion centennial parks conservation fund to grow our state parks system.   To tell us all about it, host Amy Stansbury sat down with

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Explaining Your Ballot Podcast
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Explaining Your Ballot: Travis County Props A & B

If you live in Travis County, you have two very important propositions on your ballot this year – Prop A (which is all about roads, bike lanes, and sidewalks) and Prop B (which is about parks).   To help you understand exactly what you’ll be

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Travis County Prop B - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Explaining Your Ballot: Travis County Prop B

Summary Travis County voters will have two important propositions on their ballot this year – Prop A & Prop B. Action Box Vote! Early voting starts on October 23rd and Election Day is November 7th. If you live in Travis County, you’ll get to vote

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