350 Austin Monthly Meeting – 9/11/2018

350 Austin Monthly Meeting – 9/11/2018

At this month’s meeting, we’ll hear from guest speaker Michael J. Osborne, who will share his thoughts on our Austin Energy and LCRA/Fayette Coal Plant campaigns.

Michael ​J. Osborne is the former Special Assistant to the General Manager for Energy Development at Austin Energy. He is a member and recent Chairman of the City of Austin Electric Utility Commission and also serves on the City of Austin Joint Sustainability Committee.

He has been a renewable energy and climate change activist since the mid-1970’s. In 1981, he installed the first wind farm in Texas. In 1983, his company, Osborne Solar, became the Solarex distributor for Texas. Throughout the 90s, his company documented and leased the wind resource for the Texas wind fields.

Michael was one of three founding members of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, and for more than 30 years he has been at the forefront in making Texas the leading Renewable Energy state.

Mr. Osborne is also a prolific writer. Of particular interest to us is his book, Silver in the Mine, a long term comprehensive energy plan for the City of Austin. All of his works are available in bookstores and on Amazon.

Here are all the details for 350 Austin’s September Open Meeting:

  • Tuesday, 9/11 from 7 to 8:30 pm.
  • First UU Church at 4700 Grover Ave, 78756.
  • Food always makes work more fun, so feel free to bring Finger Foods to share! (No access to the kitchen!)
  • Parking. We’ve been told we can ignore the “Reserved for Massage School” signs.
  • Bus. Stop ID #974 (49th & Grover).
  • Facebook event to invite your friends!

Note: We typically meet on the third Tuesday of each month. For September ONLY we are switching to the second Tuesday to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur. We’ll be back to our regular third Tuesday schedule in October.

Fossil Free Pledge Photo Gallery

Earlier this summer, we wrote about 350 Austin member Mickey Fetonte’s Fossil Free Pledge quest. Mickey is traveling around Texas collecting pledge signatures from candidates for local, state, and national offices. As part of the pledge, candidates promise to not accept campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry. So far, Mickey has collected signatures from 113 115 121 122 candidates. Way to go!

Below is a photo gallery documenting Mickey’s progress. Click on an image to view the full-size photo. We’ll continue to update the gallery with new photos as Mickey collects pledges from more candidates. Check back often!

 

Don’t see your local candidates in the gallery? For more information about the pledge campaign and how to become a signature collector like Mickey, visit the No Fossil Fuel Money website.

SW Austin Rise Up – 9/8/2018

SW Austin Rise Up – 9/8/2018

On September 8, thousands of events will be held in cities and towns around the world to bring awareness to climate change, help promote green living, learn about local vendors who can help make a difference and call on our local leaders to commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us.

We have invited city officials and local candidates to discuss their position on environmental topics. There will be local providers of good and services to help you make better decisions for yourself and the environment.

Join us at the Rusty Mule, 9201 Hwy 290 East, Austin, TX 78736, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM for an inspiring and informational afternoon. The Rusty Mule a family friendly outdoor venue situated on 3 acres of heavily treed open land. There is a playscape and plenty of room for kiddos to run about (but not pets, sorry), food trucks and a full service bar. There will be live music and representatives from social and environmental groups to learn more about all the possibilities to move the needle in the right direction.

For full details on the Austin events and to RSVP, click and enter your zip code.

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice – Climate Solutions Tour – 9/8/2018

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice – Climate Solutions Tour – 9/8/2018

UPDATE: Due to an 80% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday, Environment Texas has decided to postpone the Climate Solutions Tour until next weekend (9/15). Stay tuned for new details.

On Sep. 8, as part of the Rise for Climate Global Day of Action, join us for a “Climate Solutions Tour” of east Austin. We’ll visit the La Loma Community Solar Farm to learn how solar energy can help replace dirty coal energy, Eden East Farm to talk about how sustainable agriculture can help fight climate change, and check out an Electric Vehicle Showcase at Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus. Then, we’ll head to the Friends and Allies brewery to check out some of their sustainability measures and wrap up the day with a cold drink. Bike or carpool if you can!

10 – 1030 AM  – La Loma Community Solar Farm, 942 Lott Ave, Austin TX 78721

11 – 1130 AM – Eden East Farms, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

12 – 1230 PM – ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702

1 – 2 PM   Friends And Allies Brewery, 979 Springdale Rd #124, Austin, TX 78702

For full details on the Austin events and to RSVP, click and enter your zip code.

350 Austin Reading Group 8/28/2018

350 Austin Reading Group 8/28/2018

Join us for a lively, stimulating, and often deep discussion with some really interesting people! This month we will be discussing the article:

An interview with John Bellamy Foster: ‘There is still time for an ecological revolution to prevent Hothouse Earth’

http://climateandcapitalism.com/2018/08/25/foster-there-is-still-time/

As usual, we will meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Aug 28th at the Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

I will not be there this month, but the discussion will be lead by the lively and loving Alex Norton.
(We all love ‘ya Alex!)

Mike Ignatowski

350 Austin – First Thursday Happy Hour – 9/6/2018

350 Austin – First Thursday Happy Hour – 9/6/2018

At 350 Austin we believe in play as well as work, so we are excited to tell you that the 350 Austin Happy Hour is back, with a twist. We will be hosting a monthly Happy Hour on the first Thursday of the month. Join us on Thursday, September 6 for our first “First Thursday Happy Hour” at Cenote – 1010 E. Cesar Chavez. 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  

Calling all friends of 350 Austin, new and old! Join us for an evening of casual drinks & conversation. Meet others who are excited about the #FossilFreeFast movement! Come early or late!
In addition to beer and wine, Cenote has a full food menu and non-alcoholic beverage list. There’s something for everyone! Children are welcome at this happy hour.

If you are on Facebook, share with your friends!  

350 Austin Monthly Meeting – 8/21/2018

350 Austin Monthly Meeting – 8/21/2018

To get Austin to be “Fossil Free Faster”, it’s going to take more than just pressuring Austin Energy (AE). While we are not shifting that focus, we are expanding it to include the LCRA* – AE’s “partner in crime” at the Fayette coal plant. When it comes to the Fayette Power Plant (FPP), it’s about more than just CO2 and its impact on climate change and the health of the nearby community – as bad as those effects are.

There’s a water grab going on. And if you want to get Texans riled up, just go after their water.

Al Braden, Austin’s own photographer extraordinaire and long-time activist on climate change, will be leading us in what is bound to be a very motivating discussion on how to get organized to take on the LCRA* in our goal of shutting down the Fayette Power Plant altogether.

And don’t forget that we have candidates’ forums to plan, so come prepared to roll up your sleeves as we get to work on that pressing project. Solar Austin is partnering with 350 Austin, so we can make new friends while we identify when and where the forums will be held. And draft the questions we want our mayoral and city council candidates to answer.

Here are all the details for 350 Austin’s August Open Meeting:

  • Tuesday, 8/21 from 7 to 8:30 pm.
  • First UU Church at 4700 Grover Ave, 78756.
  • Food always makes work more fun, so feel free to bring Finger Foods to share! (No access to the kitchen!)
  • Parking. We’ve been told we can ignore the “Reserved for Massage School” signs.
  • Bus. Stop ID #974 (49th & Grover).
  • Facebook event to invite your friends!

 

 

Austin 350 Reading Group Discussion – 7/24/2018

Austin 350 Reading Group Discussion – 7/24/2018

Tuesday July 24, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin

Join us for a lively, stimulating, and often deep discussion with some really interesting people! This month we will be discussing the article:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s climate plan is the only one that matches scientific consensus on the environment

https://qz.com/1316082/alexandria-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal-could-make-the-us-a-climate-change-leader/

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off an upset win in a NY Democratic primary against an established incumbent, and will now likely be elected to congress this November. Her “Green New Deal” plan will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan. Let’s start the discussion with this and see where it leads.

As usual, we will meet from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on July 24th at the Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Hope to see you there,
Mike Ignatowski

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends

Recap: July 2018 Open Meeting – Video & Slides

At our July Open Meeting, we learned more about the Fayette Power Project, a dangerous coal power plant that is partially-owned by Austin Energy (AE). We talked about potential strategies to pressure AE to divest from Fayette more quickly, as well as ways we could advocate for a full-plant shutdown.

Al Braden gave a presentation about the Fayette coal plant and AE’s stake in the facility. He also updated us on measures being taken by the AE Electric Utility Commission (EUC) to push for more transparency around Fayette. Thank you to Al for your informative presentation!

If you missed the meeting or would like to review Al’s presentation, the slides and video are available below. We hope to see you at our next Open Meeting on August 21!

PowerPoint presentation slides (opens a viewer in a new tab)

Electric Utility Commission (EUC) Meeting 7/16/2018

Monday, 7/16 (6 to 8 p.m.)Electric Utility Commission (EUC) meeting at 721 Barton Springs. Citizens Communication at the start of the meeting. Wear your 350 Austin shirt. The EUC is taking note of our presence. Immediately after Citizens’ Communication, those on the Campaign Strategy Circle will meet in another room and return to the EUC meeting for Item #11. EUC 07.16.18 Agenda & documents