October Monthly Open Meeting – 10/15/2019

October 15, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church
4700 Grover Ave, Austin TX

Please join us for 350 Austin’s monthly Open Meeting, this coming Tuesday evening. It’ll be at the usual place and time:

What to bring: A water bottle, and all your good energy and ideas!

In addition to our break-out groups, where all the fun action planning takes place, we’re excited about our guest speaker: Matt Weldon is a member of the City of Austin’s Electric Utility Commission (EUC), and he’ll be sharing ideas for scaling back the Fayette coal plant’s operations. The City is working through its plans to shutter its part of Fayette, and Matt will share his proposals to decrease Fayette’s operations now, so that we also reduce carbon output in the meantime, while those City wheels turn.

Finally, don’t forget our request for your monthly financial support — see a copy of our previous emails below. (And a big thank you to all of you who are already contributing!)

Click here to go directly to our donation form — don’t forget to hit “Yes, count me in!” to make it a monthly investment — thank you for making a difference!

Thanks, and we hope to see you on Tuesday.

Global Strike III: Austin – 9/20/2019

Global Strike III: Austin – 9/20/2019

September 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Texas State Capitol south steps, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin TX 78701

Wherever you are on 9/20, you can Climate Strike with us! Join us at the Capitol or use #TexasStrikeIII to submit your pics from your own spot! Pick a park, a city office, even a transit stop or intersection to strike with your friends.

Walk out from your school, home, or place of work on 9/20 at 9 AM! Attend an action around the city, then meet up at 12 PM at the Texas Capitol Building for a program of speakers and a networking opportunity to meet more like-minded people and organizations!

If you are on Facebook, click on this link to RSVP and invite friends.

JSC Calling Shirts – 8/28/2019

JSC Calling Shirts – 8/28/2019

August 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Office of Sustainability, Room 400A
1000 E 11th Street, Austin, TX

The Joint Sustainability Committee is a crucial part of Austin’s response to the #ClimateEmergency. They need to know that 350 Austin is present and paying attention.

VENUE CHANGE!!
Office of Sustainability, Room 400A
1000 E 11th Street

Zach Baumer (Sustainability Office) has a key role in crafting Austin’s climate plan. His presentation in July: http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324758

Agenda and supporting documents for August meeting: http://www.austintexas.gov/cityclerk/boards_commissions/meetings/140_1.htm

We have made a big impact at the EUC. Let’s add the JSC. This moment is critical for Austin!

Citizens Communication: 3 min max; 6 p.m.

If you are on Facebook, click on this link to RSVP and invite friends.

350 Austin August Open Meeting – 8/20/2019

350 Austin August Open Meeting – 8/20/2019

August 20, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave, Austin Texas 78756

It’s time to roll out the red carpet for 350 Austin’s new leadership team! Welcome our new Executive Director, R Brent Lÿles and give a big hand to our new President Kristin Herrington-Albrecht and VP Liliana Mendoza.

Founders Gilbert Starkey and Bobbie Tsukahara are stepping away from leadership to make way for lots of new energy.

Let’s show the new leaders that we are going to support them with our hands and hearts!!

We will also be hearing from Sunrise Movement ATX and the Climate Strike. And, as always, there are working groups to help you dive in!

Calling All Shirts EUC – 8/12/2019

Calling All Shirts EUC – 8/12/2019

August 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
721 Barton Springs Rd,
Austin, TX 78704-1145

The Electric Utility Commission (EUC) advises City Council on the management of Austin Energy (AE). Arrive shortly before 6 pm to sign up for Citizens Communication.

350 Austin can be a key player in pushing AE to be Fossil Free Faster by participating in the resource generation planning that is getting underway right now.

Agenda: http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324877
Aug. 2017 Council Resolution requiring studies (see p. 3-4): http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324876
Fayette Operational Data (revised): http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324940

Whenever possible, please keep your Citizen Communication *brief and to the point*. Although you have a 3 minute limit, you do not have to speak for the three minutes.

Some suggested topics: Status of studies due 9/30? What plans does AE have for accelerating timelines to get us to Fossil Free Faster? Transparency regarding coal ash.

If you are on Facebook, follow this link to RSVP and invite friends.

Climate Emergency for Austin – 8/8/2019

Climate Emergency for Austin – 8/8/2019

August 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin Texas 7870

Do you want Austin to join NYC, LA, Boulder, and other cities and countries around the globe to declare a CLIMATE EMERGENCY? Then come to City Hall on 8/8 and speak out in support of Item #78. Text of resolution is here: https://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=324055

Make sure your council member is going to vote in support of the Resolution. Not sure who your council member is? Click here to find out: http://www.austintexas.gov/GIS/CouncilDistrictMap/ You can also email all of Council, including the mayor, here: http://austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members

PLEASE help spread the word by inviting all your friends and sharing this event with your groups!!

If you are on Facebook, please use this link to RSVP and invite friends!

Some suggested Talking Points:
* We want a resolution with teeth, not an aspirational document! The City Manager is going to need a team dedicated to the development of a Master Emergency Plan with Milestones. The resolution currently reads more like a task list for the City Manager.
* Ask Council to direct the City Manager to establish a transparent process for monitoring and assessing the financial risks posed by the climate crisis, including investment risks for the three City employee pension funds.
* Ask Council to direct each of the three pension funds to provide data to Council in an open format which is to be made publicly available for independent review and analysis.
* Ask that the language of the resolution reflect the urgency of the climate crisis. Use of the term “climate change” no longer captures the climate emergency.
* Please feel free to draft your own talking points!

A key aspect of addressing the climate emergency is divestment from the fossil fuel industry. 350 Austin would like to have that be a part of the City’s #ClimateCrisis resolution. Consider using something like the following when making your statement:

“Be it further resolved that Council directs the City Manager to ask the City’s three pension funds to provide data on their investments in an open format that can be published on the City’s open data portal to allow the community to be able to analyze the fossil fuel portion of those investments.”

350 Austin July Open Meeting – 7/16/2019

350 Austin July Open Meeting – 7/16/2019

July 16, 2019 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm at
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave, Austin Texas 78756

350 Austin’s monthly open meeting is a great way to meet others who share your concern for the climate emergency threatening all of life. There will be updates on our core campaigns to Keep It In The Ground and to Divest from Fossil Fuels. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to participate.

If you are on Facebook, follow this link to RSVP and invite friends.

Climate Emergency – NO. MORE. GAS! – 7/15/2019

Climate Emergency – NO. MORE. GAS! – 7/15/2019

July 15, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 721 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

There is a rumor afoot that Austin Energy is seriously considering a new gas plant, possibly at the Decker site. Calling all “Shirts” to show up for the Electric Utility Commission meeting and demand that AE go on the record confirming or denying that rumor.

EUC commissioner (and former 350 Austin divestment team lead), Stefan Wray is intending to push City Council to declare a Climate Emergency. Whether this item makes the EUC agenda, we can help build support for this effort.

You must be there on time to sign up to speak at citizens communication. If you have a Close Fayette or 350 Austin shirt, please wear it. Yes, making a 6 pm meeting in Austin traffic is a pain, but it is much less of a drag if you take the bus!

The agenda, when ready, will be posted here: http://austintexas.gov/cityclerk/boards_commissions/meetings/27_1.htm

If you are Facebook, follow this link to RSVP or invite friends.