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City marks a decade of work on climate change

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Today, City Council marks the 10-year anniversary of the Climate Protection Resolution, which solidified Austin’s commitment to fighting climate change. Since then, the city has reduced its municipal greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent. Austin Energy’s supply came from a measly 4 percent renewables. Currently that number is 31 percent, and it’s on the way up. During today’s meeting, Council will present a proclamation to former Mayor Will Wynn, who called Austin “indispensable” in combating the issue. “Some of the things that give us an edge include the fact that Austin owns our own electric utility, is a significant technology hub focused on innovation, and has a citizenry that recognizes the problem and demands we do something about it,” he said in a press release on Thursday. The city is also premiering a three-minute video on what residents can do to reduce their environmental impact. That, and a whole lot more information, can be found on the city’s website.

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