After 21 years of meeting, the Conference of Parties, or COP21 reached a climate change agreement. The agreement was culminated at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, December 2015. Janis Bookout, the Outreach Manager for Earth Day Austin, gave us an update on COP21, what it means and what happens now and in the future. Janis Bookout began her environmental work in 2012 when she began consulting for EcoNetwork (Austin’s curator of all things environmental) and then became project coordinator of an EPA-funded city-wide project on food waste prevention and recovery. She also is co-founding a global citizen’s climate initiative called 2020 or Bust.
A new non-profit comes to Austin called Generation Citizen to inspire young persons to participate in civic initiatives. Our guest was Meredith Norris, the Central Texas Site Manager for Austin’s local chapter of Generation Citizen.
Shades of Green discussed election endorsements with our local environmental advocates.
The organizers of the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance annual GridNext Conference were in the KOOP studio to discuss the exciting event. We had Raina Hornaday, General Manager for Caprock Renewables and Leslie Libby of Libby Solar present the exciting Austin conference of professionals and renewable energy leaders. The conference was held in Georgetown Nov 9 – 11.
In our third and final City of Austin Council candidate forum on the environment, we focused on the candidates for District 6.
District 6 Candidates –
Jimmy Flannigan – He is a small business owner and community leader that has lived in the Northwest part of Austin for over 16 years.
Don Zimmerman – He is the incumbent City Council Member and is a fifth generation Texan and a mechanical engineer. He was unable to attend our forum.
In our third and final City of Austin Council candidate forum on the environment, we focused on the candidates for District 10.
District 10 Candidates –
Alison Alter – She is a mom, an entrepreneur, a community advocate, and an educator.
Sheri Gallo – Incumbent Council Member, and is an owner of a small, independent Austin business for 30 years.
Nicholas Virden – He is a lifelong Austenite, University of Texas and was not able to attend our forum.
Robert Walker – He was managing director of his own accounting firm. He was not able to attend our forum.
In our second series of City of Austin Council candidate forum on the environment we focused on District 7. The candidates for District 7:
District 7 Candidates –
Leslie Pool – Is the incumbent and we had her in for a prerecorded interview.
Natalie Gauldin – The other candidate for District 7. She was live in the studio with Shades of Green. She is now a technical writer, and formerly an elementary school teacher in Austin. She is a native of Austin.
In our second series of City of Austin Council candidate forum on the environment we focused on District 4. The candidates for District 4:
Greg Casar – The incumbent, was presented on a pre-recorded interview.
Louis Herrin III – Was in the studio live with Shades of Green. He currently works as an environmental engineer for the state Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ),
Gonzalo Camacho – Is a transit engineer and was invited to participate in the forum but he did not return requests to appear on the show.
The first of Shades of Green Environmental Candidate forums for the 2016 November election. This year five City of Austin Council districts are up for election and an important transportation bond package Proposition 1 is on the local ballot. It is critical for our listeners to understand the candidates positions on environmental issues and the Proposition 1 bond. Each week until the election we are featuring candidates in the five districts. This week we covered District 2. The two candidates in our environmental forum this week were:
The first of Shades of Green Environmental Candidate forums for the 2016 November election. This year five City of Austin Council districts are up for election and an important transportation bond package Proposition 1 is on the local ballot. It is critical for our listeners to understand the candidates positions on environmental issues and the Proposition 1 bond. Each week until the election we are featuring candidates in the five districts. This week we covered the transportation bond.
Proposition 1 – Comprehensive Transportation Bond:
The City of Austin has called a special election for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Voters will consider one City of Austin proposition for $720 million in General Obligation bonds to fund transportation and mobility improvements.
Voters will consider this proposition in conjunction with the November General Election for Federal, State, County, and City offices as well as propositions for other taxing entities. You can read the City Council Ordinance calling the special election for Prop. 1 and establishing proposition language. You can get more information about the plans and projects in Prop. 1 at the City’s website.
Our guest for discussing Proposition 1 were:
Jim Wick – Campaign Manager for Move Austin Forward, the political action committee supporting Prop 1. He is also the former Director of Community Engagement and Director of Council Affairs in Mayor Steve Adler’s office. He took a leave absence from the mayor’s office to run the Prop 1 campaign.
George Coffer – Executive Director of the Hill Country Conservancy. The Hill Country Conservancy publicly supports Prop 1 and has joined the Move Austin Forward coalition.
Roger Falk – (invited but did not participate) – Chairman of the Travis County Tax Payers Union and an Advisory Board member of Honest Transportation Solutions (an anti- Prop 1 political action committee).
Jim Wick and George Coffer on Shades of Green