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Austin City Council adopted a resolution to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible, but no later than 2050. This is one of the most ambitious goals 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.

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.

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May FEAT Meeting: Climate Change: Can Faith Make a Difference?

May 9, 2016, 6:45pm - May 9, 2016, 8:30pm

Trinity Church of Austin

Climate Change is a scary thing and sometimes seems too big to manage. At this meeting, we'll ask, "Can we really make a difference in protecting Our Earth?" "Does Faith matter?" and "If so, how?"

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Listening to the four candidates for the General Manager of Austin Energy in a public setting. Tomorrow a more formal review panel with all of them with 8 local advocates. Important decision for important times in utility land. We need a leader that can get us to NET-ZERO greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. ... See MoreSee Less

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Be part of the beginning of the end of the Climate Crisis ... See MoreSee Less

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Climate Buddies - Austin shared Faith & Energy Action Team - FEAT's event. ... See MoreSee Less

May FEAT Meeting: Climate Change: Can Faith Make a Difference?

May 9, 2016, 6:45pm - May 9, 2016, 8:30pm

Trinity Church of Austin

Climate Change is a scary thing and sometimes seems too big to manage. At this meeting, we'll ask, "Can we really make a difference in protecting Our Earth?" "Does Faith matter?" and "If so, how?"

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Coal consumption In every state that doesn’t end in “-aska,” in the electric power sector dropped between 2007 and 2015. ... See MoreSee Less

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Natural gas as a power source is more expensive than wind power. It comes with 60 times more greenhouse gas pollution.

Where would you put your dollar if you wanted to invest in new energy?
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Three youth plaintiffs from Our Children's Trust met Bernie Sanders! Bernie's smile says it all, and so do his comments just before greeting Sahara, Avery and Hazel:

“Climate change is real. And for the sake of our kids and our grandchildren, we are going to have to have the courage to take on the fossil fuel industry and tell them that their short term profits are not more important than the future of this planet.” - Bernie Sanders, April 28, 2016, Springfield, OR
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I love solar! Going beyond NET-ZERO is possible today. Look at this utility bill metering overview: the sun provided more than twice the power that was consumed in the house. I wonder which neigbhors good to use it! ... See MoreSee Less

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Austin Energy ranks in the top 10 of US utilities in ownership of wind projects. One reason to get in on wind: "Whether it is a power purchase agreement or a utility-owned wind project, it will have a much more stable and predictable cost of energy than fuels like natural gas that have been more volatile in price,” Xcel Energy Colorado President David Eve said.

“The EIA last year reported wind is the lowest cost option to add to a utility portfolio for Clean Power Plan compliance," says AWEA Senior Research Analyst Hannah Hunt

Austin Energy, the leading municipal utility in wind power, now has approximately 1,350 MW in its current portfolio and is considering a further 150 MW, according to Energy and Market Operations Director Pat Sweeney. “Wind does serve as a partial hedge against fuel and power price volatility as well as environmental regulation,”
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NET-ZERO hero of the month: Pat & Dale Bulla. They are retired educators and active environmentalists who are maximizing energy in their home to help Austin achieve Net-Zero by 2050. From installing solar panels and rain barrels, to using smaller and more efficient appliances, they are always finding ways to live as green as possible. We spoke with Pat and Dale on how they did it, their toughest challenges, and the advice they have for others looking to live Net-Zero. Read more about their journey here: www.austintexas.gov/blog/net-zero-hero-pat-dale-bulla ... See MoreSee Less

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What to eat? To make sustainable diet choices easier for consumers, WRI introduces a new protein scorecard ranking foods from lowest (plant-based foods) to highest impact (beef), based on associated greenhouse gas emissions per gram of protein. Encouragingly, some of the lowest-impact foods are also the cheapest to buy.

We are having some hummus tonight! Or should we go with black bean nachos with guacamole and pico? Or an indian lintel curry? There are so many yummy vegan dishes!
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A message from the commander in chief: we can't afford not to act. Wanna do something? ... See MoreSee Less

Climate change is not a problem for the distant future. We're already seeing its effects today.

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