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)

350 Austin Monthly Meeting 7/17/2018

350 Austin Monthly Meeting 7/17/2018

Tuesday, 7/17 (7 to 8:30 p.m.) – 350 Austin July Open Meeting at First Unitarian Universalist Church on Grover. NOTE THE TIME CORRECTION! We are in the process of sharpening our focus on the Fayette coal plant and steps we might take in getting it shut down much sooner than Austin Energy’s (AE) is currently planning. Al Braden will be sharing his broad and deep understanding on Fayette. We will also be updating you on information that AE has effectively been withholding regarding how much Fayette is being used.

See you soon!

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends.

350 Austin June Open Meeting – 6/19/2018

350 Austin June Open Meeting – 6/19/2018

Tuesday, June 19 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756

Before the meeting, join us for a social happy hour at Citizen Eatery at 6:00 pm! There will be a happy hour discount on food and drink. Citizen Eatery’s menu features 100% vegetarian cuisine and locally-made beverages. Look for the table with the 350 Austin sign! Citizen Eatery is located at 5011 Burnet Road.
https://www.citizeneatery.com/

Then come to First UU for the open meeting. This is a working meeting in which you will have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get to work. There will be a variety of breakout groups, including: planning our city council & mayoral candidates forums; learning more about our campaign strategies & tactics; and generating ideas for 350.org‘s Day of Action leading up to the Global Climate Summit. https://riseforclimate.org/

In honor of Juneteenth, we are particularly interested in ideas on how 350 Austin can work more effectively towards freedom from the effects of climate change that affect People of Color first and worst.

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends.

350 Austin Open Meeting – 5/15/2018

350 Austin Open Meeting – 5/15/2018

350 Austin Open Meeting – 3/20/2018

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin

4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756
7 pm-8:30 pm

We are continuing to fine-tune our strategies for moving Austin Energy to become FOSSIL FREE FASTER. Come give us a hand!

We will update you on Fossil Free Faster and our divestment campaign, including how NYC’s Mayor DiBlasio is lending a hand.

BEFORE getting down to work, we are meeting at Pinthouse Pizza on Burnet Road at 6 pm. http://pinthousepizza.com/

Recap: April Open Meeting – Livestream Video & Slides

At our April Open Meeting, we discussed the next steps to achieving our goal of making Austin Energy (AE) “fossil free fast”. Austin’s public utility has the potential to be a model for the rapid and just transition of electric grids towards clean renewable energy. We are prepared to demand that AE meet that challenge on an accelerated time line.

Al Braden and Stefan Wray gave a presentation on the current status of AE and where we want them to be. They also explained the important role of the Electric Utility Commission (EUC) in helping us move toward our goals for AE. A big thank you to Al and Stefan for sharing their knowledge!

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

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

350 Austin April Open Meeting – 4/10/2018

350 Austin April Open Meeting – 4/10/2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Wildflower Church: a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1314 E Oltorf St, Austin, Texas 78704

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE!

We’ve spent the last few months at 350 Austin stepping back to consider the big picture–how to strategize, organize, and campaign for local progress on climate change. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work!

Join us at our April meeting for more details on the steps we are taking to make Austin Energy (AE) fossil free fast. Our public utility has the potential to be a model for the rapid and just transition of electric grids towards clean renewable energy. We must demand that Austin Energy meet that challenge.

Here is what to expect at the April meeting:
We’ll kick things off with an introduction to AE’s current status as well as where we want it to be. You will learn about the critical role of the Electric Utility Commission (EUC), and why one feasibility study is an important piece of the advocacy puzzle.

Then we’ll split into some breakout groups, where you’ll have an opportunity to get involved in direct advocacy at City Hall, learn more about what City Hall and Austin Energy and you all have to do with each other, and flex your creativity with some artful activism.

Please click on the link to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends.