The Office of Sustainability’s Climate Program works to make Austin the leading city in the nation in the fight against climate change.
Reducing our carbon footprint helps keep our air breathable, our people healthy, our water resources stable, and our economy vibrant.
In recognition of Austin’s efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the City of Austin a national 2013 Climate Leadership Award. For details on the achievements resulting in this award, please read our FAQ sheet.
International protocols for climate action recommend that communities around the world reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to, on average, 70% below 2006 levels by 2030, to avert catastrophic effects from global warming. As a U.S. leader, Austin has embraced the opportunity to help define and model the role of a city committed to climate action and sustainability.
In 2007, Austin City Council passed a resolution which established a Climate Protection Plan to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, Council approved the Austin Energy Resource, Generation, and Climate Protection Plan, which updated goals to more aggressively mitigate emissions through 2020.
Climate Action Report
Our magazine-style report, published in early 2012, includes short, newsy articles and accessible graphs and charts. Please read it using the convenient online reader, to keep our carbon footprint small. Or download a PDF (4 MB).