Environment

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City departments propose centralized trash cleanup effort to keep creeks clean

The city has taken a first look at trash in creeks and identified illegal dumping, littering, large public events and homeless encampments as the four primary sources of trash ending up in city waterways.In a cross-departmental background report posted last…

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

City reworks its Community Climate Plan through an equity lens

Five years ago, Austin’s Office of Sustainability began implementing its 2030 Community Climate Plan in order to work toward the city’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Now, the department is revising its plan to update metrics and…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves its first climate action plan

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a comprehensive climate action plan that outlines how to reduce the county’s environmental footprint through 82 recommendations.Commissioner Brigid Shea, who called the plan a “big deal,” told the Austin Monitor that…

Monday, April 13, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

City of Austin releases update on climate resilience plan

Resilience is a word that seems particularly relevant as Austin closes public spaces and dining institutions and limits gatherings in response to the spread of Covid-19. Although the city has yet to develop a holistic resilience plan that prepares the…

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Watershed Protection Department debuts new pollution spills map

When the Watershed Protection Department went to renew the city’s permit to discharge under the Texas pollutant discharge elimination system this past year, it found new requirements. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently changed its rules to require cities…

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Tower Girl, UT’s resident falcon, has laid eggs again. Will one hatch this year?

Tower Girl, the peregrine falcon who has made the UT tower home for a few years, has laid three eggs in her nest as of Sunday.This is the fifth time the falcon has laid eggs in the tower, but none…

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