Category Archives: Open Space and Environment

Open Space, Environment and Sustainability refers to environmental matters, climate protection, climate change, forestry, waterfront, heritage trees, open space, parks, rivers and lakes, aquifers, water quality, trash, recycling and compost, sustainability, cemeteries, and related matters.


We went into 2017 focused on addressing mobility and affordability, and we did get a lot done on both fronts as you can see below. What we weren’t fully expecting, however, was the degree to which we would have to defend Austin’s values on climate change, refugee resettlement, racial equity, immigration, and feminism, among many other subjects. When the Mayor said in his State of the City Address, delivered at the beginning of 2017, that the “world can completely lose its mind but we’re still gonna be Austin, Texas,” he had no way of knowing how accurately that would predict what 2017 had in store or how our city would respond.

We’re still Austin, Texas, and we’re getting better at it all the time.

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How Austin is Addressing Climate by Tackling Traffic

Mayoral Roundtable Remarks
C40 North American Climate Summit
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Addressing climate change through transportation policy in Austin is thinking globally but acting locally. Preserving our environment is a big priority in Austin. It’s huge. But most Austinites, stuck in rush hour traffic every day, will tell you traffic is the most immediate, in-your-face challenge.

As big as that traffic challenge is, our climate protection goals are even bigger. We want to achieve net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Getting there will require very directed and deliberate action. We’ve begun the process of closing our only coal plant and that will help. But we’re going to need to reduce our transportation carbon footprint if we’re going to make a big difference fighting climate change. Continue reading

Oped: G20: Are you ready to save the planet?

By Mayor Adler

As Mayor of Austin, I have committed myself to fight for a better future for our children, by protecting our environment. Austin has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and recently we expanded our municipal utility’s use of wind and solar power. Every day we take active strides to limit our emissions and reduce our carbon footprint. Today, I have decided to commit with 40 other mayors around the world to ask the G20 heads of state to make sure we don’t give up on our planet, and that they commit to maintain the Paris Agreement. I need your support, as citizen of Austin and of the world to make the world leaders hear our call for a strong response to climate change.

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