Since the plan’s adoption, we’ve made progress in reducing community-wide emissions, despite rapid population growth and a growing GDP. But, over the course of the last five years, a lot has changed in terms of technology, cost, and feasibility. We also know that the rate of global warming is happening faster than we thought, so the need to lower emissions is more urgent than ever. It’s time to update and revise the Climate Plan based on where we are today.
The plan update process will involve six technical advisory groups that will meet through Spring 2020. Recruitment efforts for these groups are currently underway. We are aiming to have the updated plan completed by Summer 2020.
Focus on Equity
We know that climate solutions have the potential to improve the quality of life of all Austinites, but climate change impacts don’t affect everyone equally. Ensuring that we are increasing equity while mitigating greenhouse gases means examining the history of racial segregation and environmental justice issues in Austin. Because of this, we are engaging with a racially and economically diverse set of people about the challenges, barriers, and opportunities facing historically underrepresented groups — specifically, people of color — in conversations around energy, transportation, food, and access to nature.