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Austin City Council adopted a resolution on April 10, 2014 to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible, but no later than 2050. This is one of the most ambitious goals ever set by a city in the world and we are going to help with the development of the framework how to get there, and write up sector plan on what energy, waste, transportation and manufacturing sectors have to offer to make this a reality.

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FEAT, the Faith based Energy Action Team is bringing together houses of worship to promote climate stewardship and advocacy at their facilities, with their members and other organizations around town. FEAT meets every second Monday of the month at 7pm. Look for the invites on the FEAT page

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    Our mission: Climate Buddies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that wants to empower people to include climate change considerations into every decision they make. We focus on live interaction with groups of people, for-profits, spiritual groups, public and academia. We focus on people, inspiration, guidance and are result driven. Anyone who wants to start to integrate climate considerations in decision making is welcome to join us or invite us for collaboration.

    Our invitation to you: meeting the global energy and climate challenges

    • If you could work on meeting the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced, would you?
    • Would it surprise you to know that the climate and oceanic systems have been so perturbed by the massive burning of fossil fuels that the very continuation of human civilization is threatened?
    • Do you yearn to be able to say to your grandchildren, and theirs – and everyone else’s – that you did your part to leave the earth in a healthier condition than when you were born into it?
    • Many suspect that the time left to return the earth to a healthy, resilient condition capable of sustaining human civilization is short. The climate recovery challenge is in fact an energy issue, a challenge to increase both the energy available to power essential services and to make affordable, renewable energy accessible to all.
    • We must and can increase the supply of energy available while reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation to near-zero rates.

    Understanding these premises, we must have the courage to yearn for a credible possibility that each of us, and billions of others like us from all over the world, will become true caretakers for the earth – our planet that has given life to our kind; the creation which protects and nourishes us even in its injured state.

    We believe in a world where if we take care of the earth, we can take care of the people. The economy is facilitating in this, not the starting point, just the result.

    The concept of "a Flexiwatt". We already have something we call a negawatt, it is watt of energy not used due to energy efficiency. A flexiwatt is a watt of energy not used on peak, but shifted to off-peak use. For example, running your clothes washer and dryer after 8pm or before 2pm, but not between those hours. It is expected that a good program around flexiwatts can reduce peak load by 10-20% and lower rates as a result. In a few years, you may get paid to do this. ... See MoreSee Less

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    For a limited time, take advantage of in-store discounts on energy and cost-saving LED light bulbs.

    Want a bulb that provides 20,000 hours of light and decades of use? If so, LEDs may be right for you. LEDs are used in the same way as incandescent bulbs, but they offer greater energy savings and have a much longer life.They provide the same brightness as incandescent bulbs, and work in most light fixtures.

    Some LED bulbs are omnidirectional for better light distribution and work with most dimmers. LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy and last 10 to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
    They last five times longer than Compact Florescent bulbs (CFLs). Some LED light bulbs also come with a 10-year limited warranty.

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    What does safe bike lanes do to ridership: build it and they will come (lesson learned in the 70s in the Netherlands). It also answered to problems where cities could not cope with the increased volume of car traffic. The number of Bicycle deaths was another reason to get serious. Sound familiar? the answer was integrated transportation policy that was not just car-centric but also included other forms of transportation and cycling can play a big role. ... See MoreSee Less

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    A Carbon Diet program for individuals and households

    Do you and your family want “to lose 5000 pounds in 30 days”? Join our Carbon Diet and find out how easy it is to lose 10% of your carbon footprint. Read more about this program >>

      Organizing for a Texas Climate Alliance

      We are developing an alliance of Austin and Texas organizations and businesses that have dedicated programs for climate change. The purpose of this alliance is to:

      • Understand how large the local climate change movement has grown and who the participants are.
      • Develop camaraderie among the participants.
      • Share information, resources, skills and programmatic synergy.
      • Support each others climate change causes.

      Read more here >>

      Are you in?

      For those who are ready to hope and to implement action initiatives, we invite you to join us in helping to lead on climate solutions. A lot of work will be involved, as will a lot of joy. That’s right: It’s serious business, but as long as it is joyful and fulfilling in the doing, a lot of people all over the world will want to get in on it!

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