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THREE.

LET'S DO THIS.

UM, COMMISSIONER NICHOLS, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND TURNING ON YOUR CAMERA, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME.

THANK YOU, SIR.

UM, SIX OH THREE, UH, LET'S CALL TO ORDER THE REGULAR MEETING

[CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL]

OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

IT'S AUGUST 16TH, ONCE AGAIN, 6 0 3.

UM, WE'RE UP AT 63 10 WILHELMINA DELCO DRIVE.

WE'LL GO AROUND THE HORN AND DO ATTENDANCE.

UH, UM, NICHOLS HERE AND JUST EINHORN PRESENT.

YOU GOTTA SPEAK INTO THE MIC.

I'M SORRY.

EINHORN PRESENT.

BEDFORD PRESENT BERG HERE.

SHERA PRESENT.

SULLIVAN HERE.

AND WE'VE GOT ONE MORE REMOTE, I BELIEVE.

JUST IN TIME.

RUGER PRESENT.

NICE TO SEE YOU.

THANKS.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, WE HAVE SOME PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS, CORRECT?

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

WE'VE GOT ONE.

YES, WE DO.

YES, WE DO.

UM, CARLOS A SOTO.

AND YOU'VE GOT THREE MINUTES, SIR.

ONCE YOU GET, ONCE YOU GET ORGANIZED AND ROLLING.

THANK YOU.

IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND.

YEAH, JUST THE GREEN LIGHT NEEDS TO BE ON.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY.

MY NAME'S CARLOS OTTO.

I'M RESEARCH ANALYST AT COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT NETWORK.

AND TODAY I'M GONNA BE TALKING TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WORK OUR ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PAST YEAR.

UM, BEFORE I START, I WANT TO GO WITH, UH, WITH CANS MISSIONS.

IT'S A PARTNERSHIP OF GOVERNMENT, NONPROFIT, PRIVATE, AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, WHICH LEVERAGE MUTUAL RESOURCES TO COLLECTIVELY IMPROVE THE SOCIAL HEALTH EDUCATIONAL ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S A MOUTHFUL, BUT WHAT IT MEANS IS THAT WE'RE INVOLVED IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT AGENCIES, UH, HEALTH, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

AND TOGETHER WE PROMOTE AND SUPPORT THE POWER OF COLLABORATION FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS.

WE IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES TO COORDINATE AND ALIGN SERVICES AMONG CANNED PARTNERS AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE PROVIDERS.

SUPPORT EFFORTS TO ADDRESS COMMUNITY CHALLENGES THROUGH COLLECTIVE ACTION, CREATING CIVIC AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CIVIC DIALOGUE AND CIVIC ACTION, AND ENSURE THE RIGHT STAKEHOLDERS ARE PART OF ASSESSING AND ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES OUR COMMUNITY FACES.

UM, AND TOGETHER WE INCREASE UNDERSTANDING OF EMERGING ISSUES AND TRENDS AND IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROACTIVE STRATEGIES THAT MAY BE PURSUED.

UM, AND HOW DO WE DO THAT? WELL, WE DEVELOP TOOLS TO INFORM, SUCH AS THE CAN COMMUNITY DASHBOARD.

AND I INCLUDED SOME DATA FROM OUR DASHBOARD TOGETHER WITH THE FLYER THAT I'M PRESENTING TODAY.

AND THAT'S ACTUALLY MY MAIN WORK THERE.

AS THE RESEARCH ANALYST IS UPDATING THE INDICATORS ON THE DASHBOARD IN THE FOUR DIFFERENT ISSUE AREAS, INCLUDING THE AIR QUALITY INDICATOR AND MENTAL HEALTH INDICATOR, WHICH ARE LINKED TO ENVIRONMENTAL, UM, INCIDENTS.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE OUR RACE EQUITY ACTION FRAMEWORK, WHICH IS UPDATED EVERY YEAR.

AND IT SAYS IT ASSESSES LOCAL NEEDS AND HELPS PEOPLE ENGAGE IN EQUITY WORK.

AND IN THE P D F COPY OF THIS FLYER, EACH OF THESE HAVE LINKS THAT YOU CAN CLICK ON SO YOU CAN LEARN MORE, UM, OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE, LIKE THE WEEKEND A T X, THAT WEBSITE, WHICH WAS UPDATED WITH THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDES, UM, THAT THE LANGUAGE ACCESS TEAM WORKED ON IN 10 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

THAT INCLUDES, UH, INFORMATION FOR, UH, PEOPLE, UH, TO KNOW THEIR RIGHTS, NAVIGATE THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, MANAGE THEIR MONEY, UH, FOOD HEALTH AND STAYING SAFE IN AUSTIN.

UM, AND WE ALSO MAKE STRATEGIC COLLECT CONNECTIONS LIKE THAT LANGUAGE ACCESS WORK GROUP, WHICH INVOLVES PEOPLE FROM ALL ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY FORUMS. AND, UM, ANOTHER IMPORTANT COLLABORATION THAT I PERSONALLY TOOK PART IN WAS WITH, UH, ROBERT KENT FROM THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND ON THE HEALTHY PARKS PLAN OF 2018 AND 2019, WHERE WE HELPED DEVELOP A DECISION SUPPORT TOOL.

AND I MADE SURE THAT THERE WERE EQUITABLE, UM, DATA IN THAT TOOL.

AND MY TIME IS UP.

SO IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, PLEASE REACH OUT AND I'LL BE GLAD TO ANSWER.

HAVE A GREAT MEETING.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I THINK THAT'S THE FIRST PUBLIC COMMENTER THAT'S, THAT'S WATCHED HIS OWN TIME, SO THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION.

AND YEAH, ELIZABETH COMMISSIONERS, ELIZABETH'S EMAILED THIS OUT TO EVERYBODY, SO IF YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS YOU CAN FOLLOW UP WITH, UM, WITH HIM AT YOUR CONVENIENCE.

UM, ALRIGHT, LET'S

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

GO TO, WE'VE GOT TWO SETS OF MINUTES TO REVIEW AND APPROVE.

UM,

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UH, DID ANYONE HAVE ANY COMMENTS ON ELIZABETH'S DRAFTS THAT SHE SENT OUT OF THE REGULAR MEETING, WHICH WAS AUGUST 2ND, OR THE, UM, RETREAT SPECIAL CALL MEETING ON THE NINTH? MOTION TO APPROVE BOTH SETS OF MINUTES? I SECOND.

SECOND BY SULLIVAN.

ALRIGHT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF APPROVING BOTH MINUTES, UM, RAISE YOUR HAND.

MAKES IT EASY FOR ME.

ALRIGHT, WE'VE GOT SIX.

UM, ALL THOSE ABSTAINING.

ALRIGHT, WE GOT ONE ABSTENTION.

THANK YOU.

THAT PASSES WITH SIX.

ALRIGHT,

[2. Presentation on Climate Ambassadors Overview, Projects, and Lessons Learned – Presented by Sydnee Landry, Office of Sustainability, and requested by Environmental Commissioners Richard Brimer and Haris Qureshi]

ON PAGE TWO, UM, SECOND ITEM STAFF BRIEFING A PRESENTATION ON CLIMATE AMBASSADORS, OVERVIEW PROJECTS AND LESSONS LEARNED.

UM, SIDNEY LANDRY.

YES, THANK YOU.

YEAH, PLEASE COME ON UP.

AND THE, THE, IF THE BUTTON'S NOT, IF IT'S NOT GREEN LIT UP, THEN YOU HAVE TO HIT THAT BUTTON TO, IT IS IN FACT GREEN.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

HEY, UH, HI EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS SYDNEY LANDRY.

UH, I DID HAVE A PRESENTATION TO GO WITH THIS AND THERE IT IS.

AMAZING.

UH, SO YEAH, MY NAME'S SYDNEY LANDRY.

UM, I ACTUALLY JUST STARTED WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE THIS WEEK, SO I'M NO LONGER WITH THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

BUT, UH, WHILE WITH THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY, I WAS THE CLIMATE EQUITY ENGAGEMENT ASSOCIATE OVERSEEING OUR CLIMATE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM FROM JANUARY.

UM, WELL I STARTED IN JANUARY, 2022 AND THE PROGRAM STARTED IN LIKE AUGUST, 2022 AND RAN UNTIL, UM, MAY, 2023.

SO ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

COOL.

SO WHAT IS THE CLIMATE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM? UH, WELL IT WAS ORIGINALLY STARTED, UH, IN 2019, BASICALLY BECAUSE THE, UH, OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY WAS WORKING ON UPDATING THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, UH, WHICH IS LIKE THE CITY'S PLAN FOR HOW WE'RE GOING TO BE INCORPORATING SUSTAINABILITY INTO OPERATIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND WE REALLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WAS A COMMUNITY FOCUS, UH, WITHIN THE PLAN BECAUSE ALSO AROUND THIS TIME, UM, THERE WAS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

THERE WERE, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS NATIONAL UNREST AROUND RACE.

THERE WERE, UM, THERE WAS A LOT OF JUST POLITICAL UNREST.

A LOT OF THINGS WERE HAPPENING.

AND IT BECAME VERY APPARENT THAT IT WAS LIKE, OKAY, IF WE'RE GOING TO BE TRYING TO AUTHENTICALLY MAKE A PLAN ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE IN AUSTIN THAT LIKE ACCURATELY REPRESENTS, UH, THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN AUSTIN TODAY, WE NEED TO DO SOME MORE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO TRY TO REACH, UM, GROUPS IN AUSTIN THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY EXCLUDED FROM CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS.

AND SO THAT WAS KIND OF WHERE THE CLIMATE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM ORIGINALLY CAME IN.

AND THE PURPOSE OF THE GROUP WAS TO HAVE THESE AMBASSADORS, UM, AND THEY WOULD BE PAID FOR THEIR WORK TO TRY TO HONOR THE FACT THAT LIKE GOING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND DOING THIS TYPE OF WORK IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

UM, SO THEY WERE PAID TO BASICALLY GO OUT AND GET INPUT AND, UM, FEEDBACK FROM PEOPLE WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES TO TRY TO GET AN IDEA OF LIKE WHAT PEOPLE WANTED TO SEE AND A CLIMATE PLAN.

THAT WAS FOR AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO THIS SLIDE IS ACTUALLY FACTUALLY INCORRECT, , UH, BUT THE POINT OF THE SLIDE THAT I WAS TRYING TO CONVEY WHEN I WAS WRITING IT OUT ORIGINALLY WAS THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THE ORIGINAL PROGRAM, THE FIRST COHORT OF CLIMATE AMBASSADORS, THEY DID OVER 50 INTERVIEW REPORTS AND GOT, UM, OR THEY DID THESE INTERVIEWS WITH OVER 50 COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND GOT A LOT OF, UM, INFORMATION THAT WAS DISTILLED INTO THESE MAJOR THEMES THAT, UM, WERE INCLUDED INTO THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

AND, UH, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, BASICALLY THERE'S THIS BEGINNING SECTION WHERE THEY COVER WHAT THE CLIMATE AMBASSADORS WORKED ON AND LIKE THE SPECIFIC POINTS THAT COMMUNITY CALLED OUT THAT THEY WANTED TO SEE IN THE PLAN.

AND THEN AS YOU GO THROUGH THE REST OF THE PLAN, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THOSE POINTS CALLED OUT.

UM, BECAUSE EACH OF THE, UH, THINGS THAT THE AMBASSADORS BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION WERE KIND OF INCLUDED WITHIN ONE OF THESE, UH, EQUITY ICONS THAT YOU SEE.

UH, AND THEY FELL WITHIN THESE CERTAIN ISSUE AREAS AS LIKE HEALTH, AFFORDABILITY, ACCESSIBILITY, UH, JUST TRANSITION, WHICH RELATED TO LIKE THE TRANSITION OF JOBS, UM, FROM A MORE FOSSIL FUEL INTENSIVE ECONOMY TO A LESS FOSSIL FUEL INTENSIVE ECONOMY.

AND THEN CULTURAL PRESERVATION, COMMUNITY CAPACITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THEY DID ALL THAT AWESOME WORK AND YAY, IN 2021, UM, THE PLAN WAS PASSED BY, UH, IT WAS PASSED AND FORMALLY ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL, WHICH IS AMAZING.

IT WAS AWESOME.

IT WAS LIKE, WE HAVE THIS GREAT AMAZING COMMUNITY PLAN WITH ALL THIS FEEDBACK AND ALL THESE IDEAS FOR HOW THE AUSTIN IS GONNA GO FORWARD AND BE THIS LIKE SUPER SUSTAINABLE CITY.

UM, BUT PLANNING A THING AND ACTUALLY DOING A THING ARE VERY DIFFERENT .

UH,

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AND SO WHEN I WAS BROUGHT ON IN 2022, THEY WERE LIKE, OH, SO WE ARE IMPLEMENTING THIS PLAN NOW, BUT THAT'S THIS MAJOR TASK.

WE'RE KIND OF BEING PULLED IN ALL THESE DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS.

UH, THERE WERE A LOT OF PRIORITIES KIND OF FLOATING AROUND AND THEY'RE LIKE, WE JUST KNOW THAT WE HAVE THIS CLIMATE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM AND WE WANNA CONTINUE IT.

BUT THE SCOPE WAS KIND OF ALL OVER THE PLACE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, AND SO YEAH, I WAS, UH, BROUGHT ON TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT, HEY, WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO WITH THIS CLIMATE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM NOW THAT THE PLAN IS ACTUALLY DONE AND WE NO LONGER NEED LIKE, COMMUNITY INPUT IN THIS SAME WAY OR IN THE SAME FORMAT THAT WE ORIGINALLY DID IT IN.

UM, AND SO I SPENT A LOT OF TIME LIKE TRYING TO DO RESEARCH, UM, AND I TALKED TO FOLKS FROM THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE.

I ALSO TALKED TO SOME, UH, FORMER ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION MEMBERS I TALKED TO.

THERE WERE DIFFERENT ADVISORY GROUPS THAT HAD BEEN CREATED TO ASSIST WITH THE, UM, CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN OR THAT PLANNING PROCESS.

AND SO I TALKED TO PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE FOR THAT.

I TALKED TO FORMER AMBASSADORS.

I TALKED TO DIFFERENT, LIKE JUST COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS THROUGHOUT AUSTIN, UM, TO TRY TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF LIKE, OKAY, WHAT IS THE ACTUAL PICTURE OF LIKE COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS IN AUSTIN AND LIKE, WHO ARE THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT WOULD WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROGRAM? AND LIKE, HOW CAN WE BEST UTILIZE THOSE PEOPLE? NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO BASICALLY WHAT I KIND OF CAME DOWN TO AFTER ALL OF THAT RESEARCH, UM, WAS THAT OKAY, IF I WANT TO, IF, IF WE WANNA DO A SECOND SUCCESSFUL ITERATION OF THIS PROGRAM THAT LOOKS DIFFERENT, BUT THAT STILL, UM, MEETS OUR GOALS OF BEING INCLUSIVE OF HISTORICALLY UNDERSERVED GROUPS AND FOCUSING ON COMMUNITY, THEN IT'S GONNA NEED TO HAVE THESE FIVE, FIVE THINGS WHICH WAS, UM, OR IT'S GOING TO I GUESS MEET THESE FIVE NEEDS, WHICH WAS, WE REALLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROGRAM, UH, FOCUSED ON BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPACITY.

'CAUSE THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT CAME UP A LOT, UH, WHEN I TALKED TO ORGANIZERS IS THAT IT'S LIKE WE'RE JUST REALLY TAPPED OUT .

LIKE WE HAVE A LOT GOING ON, WE WANT TO TAKE ON ALL THESE PROJECTS, BUT, UM, IT'S DIFFICULT AND WE WISH WE HAD MORE TRAINING ON HOW TO NAVIGATE CITY PROCESSES SO THAT WE COULD WORK WITH THE CITY ON DIFFERENT THINGS.

UM, THEY ALSO BROUGHT UP NOT WANTING TO A PROGRAM THAT WAS JUST ABOUT EXTRACTING INFORMATION WITHOUT ACTUALLY DOING ANYTHING WITH THE INFORMATION.

LIKE, HOW CAN WE MAKE A PROGRAM THAT, UM, REALLY SHOWS TO PEOPLE THAT IT'S LIKE, WE VALUE THE INFORMATION THAT YOU'RE GIVING TO US.

WE'RE NOT JUST TAKING IT AND LIKE LEAVING IT SOMEWHERE.

AND THEN ALSO, WE HAD JUST WRITTEN THIS PLAN, RIGHT? AND SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY, THAT WE, UM, MAXIMIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO HAVE THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM, LIKE INVOLVED IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CLIMATE PLAN IN SOME CAPACITY.

AND THEN WE ALSO WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, ON THAT NOTE, THAT IT WAS LIKE WE, THERE ARE A LOT OF COMMUNITY FOCUSED STRATEGIES WITHIN THE PLAN ITSELF.

SO IT WAS LIKE EVEN BETTER IF WE CAN KIND OF HIT ONE OF THE COMMUNITY FOCUSED STRATEGIES SPECIFICALLY.

AND THEN ALSO I, UM, PERSONALLY WAS JUST KIND OF LIKE, OH, I FEEL LIKE THIS IS A REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO KIND OF REIMAGINE HOW THE CITY DOES, UM, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT JUST BECAUSE THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT I HAD NOTICED KIND OF AS I WAS TALKING TO PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS IS THAT IT WAS LIKE, OH, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH HOW TO, UM, DO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AT THE CITY AND THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM, THERE JUST WASN'T REALLY SOMETHING THAT WAS, UH, SIMILAR TO IT WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN PRIOR TO THE FIRST COHORT.

AND SO I REALLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I WAS, UM, BEING COGNIZANT OF THAT WHEN I THOUGHT OF LIKE, OKAY, WHAT IS IT GONNA LOOK LIKE NEXT, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND SO BASICALLY WHAT I DECIDED TO DO IS TAKE THE ELEMENTS OF THE ORIGINAL COMPONENT, WHICH WERE, THERE WAS A TRAINING AND EDUCATION ON, UH, EQUITY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST COHORT JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT FOLKS WERE LIKE KIND OF ALL ON THE SAME PAGE BEFORE THEY WENT OUT AND DID THEIR ENGAGEMENT.

AND THEN THERE WAS THE ENGAGEMENT ITSELF OF GOING OUT AND DOING THE INTERVIEW REPORTS.

AND ALSO AS THEY WERE DOING THOSE INTERVIEW REPORTS, THERE WAS THIS EXPECTATION OF LIKE, ONGOING PARTICIPATION WITH THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY TO LIKE GIVE UPDATES ABOUT KIND OF HOW THEIR REPORTS ARE GOING.

AND SO I REALLY WANTED TO KEEP THAT TRAINING AND EDUCATION ELEMENT.

SO I DID, THEY, UM, THE SECOND COHORT WAS ALSO TASKED WITH DOING AN EQUITY WORKSHOP.

UM, BUT THE KIND OF ADDITIONAL COMPONENT I ADDED TO IT WAS A CIVIC WORKSHOP TOO, BECAUSE THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE, UM, FORMER AMBASSADORS FROM THE COHORT HAD MENTIONED WAS THAT IT WAS LIKE, OH, EVEN WITH LIKE HELP FROM CITY STAFF, IT WAS STILL A LOT TO TRY TO, UH, UNDERSTAND HOW CITY GOVERNMENT WORKED AND WHERE MY PLACE WAS IN IT.

SO I WAS LIKE, GREAT, LET'S GO AHEAD AND ADD SOMETHING TO ADDRESS THAT NEED.

UM, ALSO

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I REALLY WANTED TO BUILD ON THE RELATIONSHIP BUILDING BETWEEN OUR OFFICE AND, UM, THE AMBASSADORS BECAUSE THAT WAS ALSO SOMETHING THE FORMER ONES HAD ME MENTIONED WAS THAT IT WAS LIKE, IT WAS HELPFUL GETTING TO KNOW CITY STAFF, BUT LIKE ALSO TO BE FAIR, AN ENTIRE PANDEMIC HAPPENED.

SO THAT, BUT , THEY WERE LIKE, WE WEREN'T ABLE TO INTERACT WITH CITY STAFF AS MUCH AS WE HAD WANTED TO.

SO I ALSO WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I KIND OF BULKED THAT UP.

SO I MADE SURE TO, UM, PUT IN SPECIFIC TIME TO GET THEM IN FRONT OF, UH, NOT ONLY OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY STAFF, BUT ALSO STAFF FROM DEPARTMENTS THAT WERE, UH, IN FOCUS AREAS THAT THEY WERE INTERESTED IN.

AND THEN LASTLY, I DID MOVE AWAY FROM THE INTERVIEW REPORTS, UM, AND INSTEAD WAS LIKE, OKAY, HOW ABOUT INSTEAD OF GETTING INPUT, WE KIND OF FOCUS ON TRYING TO INFUSE BENEFIT, UM, AND FOCUS ON HAVING THE AMBASSADORS KIND OF PROVIDE AN OUTPUT THAT THEY CREATED AND DESIGNED AND THAT THEY FEEL FITS WITH THEIR COMMUNITY AND THAT THEY COULD REALLY STAND BEHIND.

SO THAT WAS A COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT COMPONENT THAT I ADDED, AND THAT WAS KIND OF THE MAIN FOCAL POINT OF THIS SECOND COHORT NEXT SLIDE.

UM, AND YEAH, SO WHEN I WAS, UH, TRYING TO, UH, SCOUT, I GUESS SCOUT PEOPLE FOR THE PROGRAM OR FIGURE OUT, UH, RECRUIT, THAT'S THE WORD I WAS LOOKING FOR WHEN WE WERE THINKING ABOUT RECRUITMENT, SINCE WE WERE ADDING IN THIS ADDITIONAL PROJECT ELEMENT, I DID WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT IT'S LIKE, OKAY, DOING A PROJECT IN COMMUNITY IS LIKE A WHOLE THING .

SO WE SHOULD PROBABLY MAKE SURE THAT FOLKS WHO ARE DOING THESE PROJECTS ARE FOLKS WHO HAVE THESE FOUR QUALITIES, WHICH ARE, THAT THEY SHOW A NUANCED UNDERSTANDING OF, UM, INEQUITY.

AND WE WERE REALLY LIKE, UH, THE QUESTIONS ON THE APPLICATION WERE REALLY OPEN-ENDED TO WHERE LIKE, THERE WERE A LOT OF WAYS THAT YOU COULD SHOW THAT YOU HAD A NUANCED UNDERSTANDING.

AND LIKE, IT WASN'T EVERY SINGLE PERSON WROTE LIKE, YOU KNOW, A TWO, A 200 PAGE, UH, ESSAY OR ANYTHING.

LIKE, PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO SHOW THEIR UNDERSTANDING IN LIKE VERY, UH, SUCCINCT WAYS.

UM, SO THAT WAS ONE THING.

AND I ALSO WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAD SOME TYPE OF EXPERIENCE WORKING, VOLUNTEERING, OR ORGANIZING WITH MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES IN AUSTIN.

UM, AND I ALSO, YOU KNOW, WANT TO BE FLEXIBLE ABOUT THAT.

LIKE, NOT, IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE JUST AN OFFICIAL JOB, BUT LIKE SOMETHING THAT SHOWED THAT THEY, UH, HAD PREVIOUSLY HAD AN INTEREST IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND LIKE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT THAT AND TRIED TO GET INVOLVED.

ALSO, IF POSSIBLE, WE WERE LOOKING FOR FOLKS THAT REPRESENTED MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES IN A MEANINGFUL WAY, LIKE HAVING BEEN IN AUSTIN FOR A LONG TIME, UM, OR HAVING FAMILY FROM AUSTIN, THAT TYPE OF THING.

AND THEN ALSO HAVING A CONNECTION TO OR ESTABLISHED METHOD OUTREACH TO COMMUNITIES IN AUSTIN BECAUSE, UM, SOMETHING THAT WE KIND OF NOTICED AS WE WERE GOING THROUGH APPLICATIONS IS, IS THAT IT'S LIKE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE PASSIONATE BUT JUST HAVEN'T ACTUALLY GOTTEN TO THAT PLACE OF BEING ABLE TO, UM, GET THEIR VOICE TO OTHER PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY, WHICH WAS LIKE KIND OF WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO WITH ALL OF THAT BEING SAID, UM, ALL THAT IN MIND, WE ENDED UP GETTING, UH, AROUND 50 APPLICATIONS, I BELIEVE, FOR THE CLIMATE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM AND ENDED UP GOING WITH THESE NINE FOLKS.

AND I HAVE LIKE A LITTLE, UH, WORD COLLAGE THAT JUST KIND OF SHOWS SOME OF THE DIFFERENT GROUPS OR ORGANIZATIONS THAT THE AMBASSADORS, UM, REPRESENT OR WERE A PART OF.

UM, I REALLY WANTED TO GET FOLKS FROM ALL KINDS OF BACKGROUNDS.

AND SO SOME OF THE PEOPLE HAD LIKE REALLY EXTENSIVE ARTS AND WRITING BACKGROUNDS, AND THEY WERE PEOPLE WHO, UH, LIKE ONE OF THEM, UH, OVERSAW A YOUTH LIKE ARTS PROGRAM TYPE OF THING.

AND THEY WERE LIKE, OH, I REALLY WANNA DO LIKE AN ART PROJECT THAT IS FOCUSED ON YOUTH FEELINGS AROUND CLIMATE.

UM, AND ALSO I HAD, UH, SOMEONE OR ONE OF THE AMBASSADORS WAS FROM, OOH, IT'S REALLY SMALL ON THERE, BUT, UH, BASTA BUILDING AND STRENGTHENING TENANT ACTION IN AUSTIN.

THEY'RE AN ORGANIZATION HERE WHO DOES REALLY GREAT WORK AROUND TENANT ORGANIZING.

AND LIKE THAT PARTICULAR AMBASSADOR SPOKE REALLY WELL TO WANTING TO, UM, HIGHLIGHT HOW RENTERS IN PARTICULAR CAN BE IMPACTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE, UH, BECAUSE OF THE PROPERTY DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND LIKE, UM, IF YOU'RE A HOMEOWNER THAT'S INSURED, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE CERTAIN OPTIONS TO RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE, BUT IF YOU'RE A RENTER, THE OPTIONS LOOK REALLY DIFFERENT FOR YOU, ESPECIALLY IN TEXAS.

UM, BUT YEAH, SO THESE ARE SOME OF THE JUST DIFFERENT THINGS THAT THE AMBASSADORS, UM, CAME INTO THE PROGRAM ALREADY HAVING EXPERIENCE WITH OR GROUPS THAT THEY WERE ALREADY A PART OF.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND YEAH, SO THE FOUR MINING GOT A LITTLE, GOT A LITTLE QUESTIONABLE WHEN I WAS SAVING THE P D F BEAR WITH ME.

BUT IN ANY CASE, OVER THE ACTUAL EIGHT MONTHS OF THE PROGRAM, HERE'S WHAT THE AMBASSADOR AMBASSADORS ACTUALLY DID.

UM, LIKE I SAID, THEY WENT THROUGH THE

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EQUITY WORKSHOP AND THEY ALSO WENT THROUGH THE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP.

THEY ENDED UP MEETING CITY STAFF FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS, HOUSING PLANNING, UH, RESILIENCE OFFICE, HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION, CAP METRO, THE EQUITY OFFICE.

I REALLY TRIED TO GET THEM IN FRONT OF, YOU KNOW, AS MANY DIFFERENT UM, DEPARTMENTS AS I COULD.

AND THEY ALSO ENDED UP, LIKE, AFTER HAVING ALL THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND KIND OF LEARNING MORE ABOUT WHAT THE CITY DOES, THEY THEN, UM, SELECTED STRATEGIES FROM THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN TO KIND OF, UM, GUIDE WHAT THEIR PROJECTS WERE.

'CAUSE THEY HAD IDEAS WHEN THEY CAME IN OF WHAT THEIR PROJECTS WERE.

BUT ALSO, UH, THE FIRST FEW MONTHS FOR THAT PROCESS OF ME WORKING WITH THEM TO FIGURE OUT LIKE, OKAY, WHAT'S ACTUALLY REALISTIC? WHAT THE CITY'S RESOURCES AND, UM, WITH WHAT YOU'RE ABLE TO OFFER IN YOUR CAPACITY.

UM, AND ALSO, UH, ONE THING I WANTED TO POINT OUT WAS THAT A LOT OF THERA UH, A LOT OF THE AMBASSADORS ENDED UP PICKING STRATEGIES FROM THE TRANSPORTATION AND, AND LAND USE SECTION, UM, BECAUSE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND THE ACCESS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS ON A LOT OF THEIR MINDS.

AND IT CAME UP IN A LOT OF OUR CONVERSATIONS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO I'M GONNA TRY TO, UH, ACTUALLY GO THROUGH ALL OF THE PROJECTS NOW.

UH, LIKE I SAID, THERE WERE NINE AMBASSADORS.

SOME OF THEM WORKED TOGETHER ON PROJECTS.

AND SO THIS FIRST PROJECT HERE IS A ZINE THAT TWO OF THE AMBASSADORS MADE ABOUT CLIMATE JUSTICE AND KIND OF IMAGINING SUSTAINABLE FUTURES, FUTURES THAT, UM, THAT HIGHLIGHT THE VOICES OF BLACK AND INDIGENOUS YOUTH, UM, OF COLOR.

AND SO THE ZINE WAS LIKE WRITTEN WITH ONE OF THE AMBASSADORS.

THEY CRAFTED THE OVERALL NARRATIVE OF THE ZINE AND TALKED ABOUT LIKE HIGHLIGHTING AUSTIN'S PARTICULAR, UM, STRUGGLES WITH TRANSPORTATION POLICY IN AUSTIN, AND LIKE HOW AS A PERSON OF COLOR THOSE POLICIES MIGHT NEGATIVELY AFFECT YOU.

AND THEN KIND OF PEPPERED THROUGHOUT, THEY HAD SUBMISSIONS FROM YOUTH, THEY TRIED TO GET, UH, FOLKS OR THEY DEFINED YOUTH AS ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 25, BASICALLY.

AND SO IN THE PICTURE, I HAVE ONE AS THE SUBMISSIONS THAT THEY GOT, WHICH IS, UM, A RELIEF CARVING, WHICH I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THAT WAS, BUT I THINK IT'S LIKE YOU CARVE IN WOOD AND THEN PAINT ON TOP OF IT.

Y'ALL ARE NODDING.

IT SEEMS LIKE .

THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

UM, AND UH, THERE'S A LITTLE, UH, DESCRIPTION OF KIND OF THE ARTIST'S STATE OF MIND AND WHAT THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT WHEN THEY WERE WORKING ON THE PIECE.

UM, AND SO THAT'S ONE PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THEN ANOTHER SET OF AMBASSADORS ALSO, UM, WANTED TO WORK WITH YOUTH AND WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT KIND OF THE PARTICULAR STRUGGLES WITH CLIMATE ANXIETY THAT YOUTH OF COLOR IN AUSTIN MAY EXPERIENCE.

AND SO THEY DID AN ART SHOWCASE WHERE ALL OF THE PIECES WERE, UM, CREATED BY, UH, YOUTH OF COLOR IN AUSTIN ABOUT THEIR PERCEPTIONS OF CLIMATE JUSTICE OF, OF CLIMATE JUSTICE.

AND SO IT WAS LIKE, UM, THEY HAD GOTTEN THE SUBMISSIONS OF ART FROM YOUTH AND THEN ALSO THE EVENT ITSELF WAS CATERED TO YOUTH.

AND THEY HAD LIKE ALL OF THIS INFORMATION AVAILABLE.

UM, THEY GOT, I CANNOT REMEMBER THE SPECIFIC, LIKE, NON-PROFIT ANYMORE, BUT THEY GOT, UM, SOME TYPE OF LIKE ENVIRONMENTAL, UM, LIKE YOUTH NON-PROFIT EDUCATION CONNECTION TYPE ORGANIZATION TO COME AND LIKE ALSO TABLE AT THE EVENT SO THAT THE, UH, KIDS COULD BE PROVIDED WITH RESOURCES.

THEY HAD THESE LIKE STICKY NOTES FOR PEOPLE TO KIND OF, UM, NOTE THEIR FEELINGS WITHIN THE EVENT AS WELL.

UM, AND SO THAT ONE, I WAS HONESTLY LIKE SO BLOWN AWAY WHEN I WALKED INTO THE EVENT 'CAUSE I WAS LIKE, WOW, I'VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE TO TRY TO GET LIKE THE 10 OF Y'ALL IN ONE ROOM AND HERE YOU'VE LIKE, DONE THIS WHOLE EVENT WITH LIKE 50, UH, 50 PEOPLE TURNING OUT.

AND I WAS SUPER IMPRESSED WITH THAT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THEN ALSO ANOTHER AMBASSADOR ES HE, UH, REALLY WANTED TO, UH, HIGHLIGHT AND PARTNER WITH THE, THE BLACK MEN'S HEALTH CLINIC, WHICH IS A HEALTH CLINIC IN AUSTIN THAT PRIMARILY SERVES BLACK MEN.

UH, AND HE REALLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT CLINIC WAS ON OUR RADAR BECAUSE HE WANTED TO KIND OF HIGHLIGHT THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN HEALTH OUTCOMES WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND THINGS AGAIN, UH, LIKE TRANSPORTATION POLICY, HOUSING, UM, AND AFFORDABILITY AND HOW THOSE IMPACT NOT JUST THE PHYSICAL HEALTH, BUT ALSO THE MENTAL HEALTH OF BLACK MEN.

UM, BECAUSE THE CLINIC DOESN'T JUST DO LIKE MEDICAL SERVICES, BUT THEY ALSO OFFER, ALSO OFFER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

AND SO HE USED, OR LIKE HE SPENT HIS PROJECT KIND OF, UH, BASICALLY JUST WORKING WITH THE CLINIC TO DO DIFFERENT THINGS FOR THEM.

AND HE REALLY HELPED WITH GETTING TOGETHER THEIR FOUNDER'S DAY EVENT, WHICH IS WHAT THE PICTURES ARE FROM.

UM, AND THAT WAS KIND OF THEIR BIG EVENT WHERE THEY, UH, TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THE CLINIC HAS BEEN ABLE

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TO HAVE OVER ITS PAST YEAR OF, UH, HAVING BEEN ESTABLISHED.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THEN ALSO, SAHA, SAHA AND ANDRESS WERE ANOTHER PAIR OF AMBASSADORS WHO THEY WERE BOTH REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT, UM, THE CITY'S ABILITY TO OFFER BILINGUAL RESOURCES AND TO OFFER RESOURCES TO THE SPANISH SPEAKING COMMUNITY.

UM, BECAUSE AT THE TIME, UM, THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND ALSO THE RESILIENCE OFFICE, THEY WERE, UM, GETTING STARTED THESE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS POPUPS THAT, UH, THE IDEA WAS THAT THERE WOULD BE A DIFFERENT ONE EVERY MONTH IN LIKE A DIFFERENT CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

AND IT'S JUST LIKE THIS FAIR WHERE THEY GO OUT INTO THE COUNCIL DISTRICT AND GIVE PEOPLE, UH, RESOURCES ABOUT HOW TO BE PREPARED IN THE EVENT OF AN EXTREME, UH, DISASTER OR WEATHER OR ACTUALLY THERE, IT DOESN'T EVEN JUST COVER WEATHER.

THERE'S LIKE A LOT OF STUFF THAT'S, UH, WITHIN THE PREPAREDNESS GUIDE.

BUT THE TWO AMBASSADORS ASSISTED WITH, UM, DOING SOME OF THE LIKE LITERAL TRANSLATIONS AS THEY WERE WORKING ON THE GUIDE.

AND THEN THEY ALSO HELPED WITH DOING THE, LIKE AT THE EVENTS THEMSELVES, THEY WERE ABLE TO, UH, OFFER, UH, ABLE TO INTERACT WITH FOLKS BOTH IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH.

AND THEY ALSO, UM, HELP THE FOLKS IN THE RESILIENCE OFFICE KIND OF FURTHER DEVELOP, UM, THIS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TRAINING THAT THEY'RE HOPING, UH, OR IT'S LIKE THEY HAVE THIS PROGRAM FOR RESIDENTS TO LEARN HOW TO WALK SOMEONE THROUGH THIS PREPAREDNESS GUIDE BASICALLY.

AND SO THEY WERE ALSO KIND OF BETA TESTING THE SPANISH VERSION OF THIS TRAINING.

SO THE AMBASSADORS HELPED WITH THAT AS WELL.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

AND ONTO OUR LAST PAIR OF AMBASSADORS, OR, WELL, THEY DIDN'T WORK IN A PAIR, BUT I JUST PUT THEM ON THE SAME SLIDE TOGETHER, UM, BECAUSE THEY BOTH ENDED UP ON THE, AN EPISODE OF THE AUSTIN COMMONS PODCAST.

UH, BUT SO KEISHA, UH, WAS THE AMBASSADOR I WAS TALKING ABOUT EARLIER WHEN I SAID SOMEONE WAS FROM, UH, BASTA.

AND SO SHE'S THE AMBASSADOR THAT WAS REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT TENANTS RIGHTS IN AUSTIN.

AND SO FOR HER PROJECT, UH, SHE WORKED WITH A T X N TO FILM AN AN INTERVIEW SLASH INFORMATIONAL VIDEO ABOUT THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE AND IN TENANTS RIGHTS IN AUSTIN.

AND IN THE VIDEO SHE TALKS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE, UM, SOME OF THE RIGHTS THAT WERE RECENTLY, UH, OR I GUESS ORDINANCES THAT WERE PASSED BY COUNSEL RELATING TO TENANT'S RIGHTS WITHIN AUSTIN, RELATIVELY REC RECENTLY.

UM, AND SHE TALKED ABOUT KIND OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER TO ORGANIZE AROUND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND THEN ALSO FINALLY, I HAD AN AMBASSADOR DYLAN, WHO, UH, FOR HIS PROJECT, HE WAS CONDUCTING RESEARCH ABOUT AUSTIN'S PLANS FOR, UH, FUNDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND FOR, AND FOR ITS KIND OF ITS LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE BECAUSE HE WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN COOPERATIVE LIVING AND LIKE HOW THAT COULD BE EXPLORED, UM, KIND OF ON A LARGER SCALE OR, OR AT THE CITY LEVEL, UM, AS WE'RE TRYING TO THINK OF CREATIVE WAYS TO FUND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN AUSTIN AND LIKE WAYS TO DO THAT SUSTAINABLY BECAUSE, UM, HE WAS A SUSTAINABILITY STUDY STUDENT AT UT AND WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN LIKE THE SUSTAINABILITY COMPONENT OF COOPERATIVE LIVING AS WELL.

AND SO, YEAH, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EITHER OF THOSE PROJECTS, BOTH OF THEM ARE ON AN EPISODE OF AUSTIN COMMONS, UH, RADIO HOUR PODCAST WHERE THEY BOTH JUST, UM, SPEND SOME TIME TALKING ABOUT THEIR PROJECTS AND KIND OF WHAT THEY LEARNED AND WHAT THEY HOPE TO SEE IN AUSTIN, UH, AS A RESULT.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN FINALLY EVERYTHING KIND OF CULMINATED IN THIS FINAL SHOWCASE EVENT THAT I ORGANIZED AT THE DOVE SPRINGS REC CENTER TO JUST KIND OF, UM, I WANTED TO GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE AMBASSADORS WHO HAD LIKE CREATED A PHYSICAL PRODUCT TO JUST GO OUT IN COMMUNITY AND LIKE HAVE A CHANCE TO DISTRIBUTE IT AND TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR PROJECTS.

UM, OR EVEN THE ONES WHO DIDN'T HAVE THINGS TO LIKE NECESSARILY PHYSICALLY SHOW, THEY DID HAVE THINGS TO TALK ABOUT.

UM, AND SO I JUST HAD THE AMBASSADOR SITTING AT TABLES, UH, OUT IN FRONT OF THE REC CENTER AND INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE WHO JUST CAME UP AND IT HAPPENED TO BE LIKE, I THINK SCHOOL PICTURE DAY OR SOMETHING THAT DAY.

SO IT ACTUALLY WORKED OUT REALLY WELL BECAUSE THERE WERE A TON OF PEOPLE THERE AND WE WERE LIKE, HA HA, YOU CAME FOR ONE THING, BUT WE'RE HERE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE.

UM, SO YEAH, NEXT SLIDE.

THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE PROGRAM AND LIKE ALL THE, I MEAN, NOT REALLY, THERE WAS SO MUCH BEHIND THE SCENES STUFF THAT I CAN CONVEY ALL IN THIS ONE PRESENTATION, BUT THE LESSONS LEARNED KIND OF BROADLY WHERE THAT, UH, I HAVE IT ORGANIZED SO THAT GREEN IS KIND OF THE POSITIVES, AND THEN THIS LIKE ORANGEY BURNT ORANGE COLOR IS LIKE, EH, MAYBE THEY'RE NOT SO GREATS, BUT POSITIVES.

UM, THIS REALLY WAS A GREAT WAY TO KIND OF CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY, I THINK IN A WAY THAT FOR ME FELT A LOT MORE AUTHENTIC AS A PERSON THAT WAS KIND OF DEALING WITH THEM

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DIRECTLY.

I FEEL LIKE, UM, I THINK THAT WE CAN KIND OF GET AN IMPRESSION OF WHAT COMMUNITY IS THINKING WHEN, UM, WE ONLY HAVE LIKE THESE VERY SPECIFIC AVENUES BY WHICH COMMUNITY CAN ENGAGE WITH US.

UM, BECAUSE THE TYPES OF PERSON WHO, OR THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO'S LIKE GOING TO USE THAT METHOD, UM, IS MAYBE NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENTATIVE OF LIKE ALL OF AUSTIN.

AND SO WE TEND TO KIND OF GET THE SAME TYPE OF FEEDBACK BECAUSE WE'VE ONLY GOT THIS ONE WAY TO LET PEOPLE INTERACT WITH US.

AND SO I THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM WAS A NEW WAY FOR, UH, PEOPLE TO DO THAT.

AND I THINK IT PROVIDED, OR IT WAS, UM, IT PROVIDED A MORE AUTHENTIC OPPORTUNITY TO ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP WITH COMMUNITY.

AND ALSO, UH, LIKE YOU SAW, THE AMBASSADORS DID GET PLUGGED INTO LIKE, NUMEROUS EFFORTS THAT WERE ACROSS ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS.

UM, THEY ENDED UP DOING STUFF THAT I HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT OF, LIKE ALSO THE AMBASSADORS THAT WERE WORKING ON EMER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS STUFF, THEY LIKE COMPLETELY INDEPENDENTLY OF ME ORGANIZED, UM, AN INTERVIEW ON A SPANISH RADIO, UH, RADIO CHANNEL.

IS THAT WHAT THEY'RE ? I I DON'T USE A RADIO ON A SPANISH RADIO CHANNEL OF LIKE ONE OF THE WORKERS FROM, UH, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WHO HELPED OUT WITH THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS POPUPS.

LIKE THEY GOT HIM TO COME ONTO THE RADIO AND LIKE DO AN INTERVIEW IN SPANISH TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE POPUPS THAT WERE COMING UP.

AND LIKE, I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT.

THEY JUST LIKE, WERE LIKE, OH YEAH, I KNOW SOMEONE AT THIS RADIO, UM, STATION.

SO THAT WAS SUPER AWESOME.

ALSO, UH, YEAH, THE AMBASSADORS, LIKE THE JUST PHYSICAL PRODUCTS THAT THEY CREATED, I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED BY.

UM, SO SOME OF THE CONS THOUGH WERE THAT YEAH, , THEY DID A LOT OF AWESOME WORK, BUT LIKE THEY LET ME KNOW THAT IT DEFINITELY WAS A LOT OF WORK TOWARDS THE END AND THAT THEY WERE LIKE, WHOA, THIS WAS LIKE, I'M PROUD OF MY WORK, BUT THIS WAS A LOT.

UH, THEY WERE VERY CLEAR WITH ME ABOUT THAT.

AND THEN ALSO, UM, SOMETHING THAT KIND OF CAME UP, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE WERE AT THE PLACE WHERE WE WERE TRYING TO CONNECT THEIR PROJECTS TO THE CLIMATE PLAN, UM, WAS THAT IT'S JUST LIKE, IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PLUG IN TO, UM, WHAT THE CITY IS DOING.

AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT THEY KIND OF CAN'T DO WITHOUT THE CITY, UM, OR THEY CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT GETTING PLUGGED IN IN SOME WAY.

AND SO, UM, THAT WAS KIND OF A STRUGGLE AS WELL WAS THAT IT WAS LIKE, OKAY, YOU'RE A CLIMATE AMBASSADOR FOR THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY, BUT LIKE YOUR AREA OF INTEREST IS RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION.

SO LIKE, KIND OF WE NEED PEOPLE FROM TRANSPORTATION TO PLAY BALL HERE.

AND LIKE SOME OF THEM ARE TOTALLY WILLING TO DO THAT, BUT LIKE ALSO SOME OF THEM ARE LIKE, YOU ARE NOT, LIKE, WHAT IS THIS KIND OF, UM, SO THAT CAME UP A LITTLE BIT DURING THE PROGRAM AND THEN ALSO FINALLY ALIGNING COMMUNITY GOALS WITH CITY TIMELINES IS DIFFICULT AS WELL.

UM, THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT I NOTICED JUST KIND OF IN THE ACTUAL REALITY OF MANAGING THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM IS THAT IT'S LIKE, OKAY, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE PAYING THEM, THIS IS LIKE NOT THEIR JOB AND IT'S NOT, UM, LIKE , UH, IT'S LIKE IT PUT ME IN A WEIRD POSITION TO BE LIKE, HEY, I NEED YOU TO FINISH THIS LIKE ASAP WHEN IT'S LIKE, OH, BUT ALSO YOU'RE BEING PAID ON LIKE A, YOU KNOW, EVERY MONTH'S SCHEDULE BECAUSE AGAIN, THIS IS NOT ACTUALLY YOUR JOB.

THIS IS JUST SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE LIKE HELPING US OUT WITH, AND THEN WE'RE ESSENTIALLY OFFERING YOU LIKE A STIPEND.

UM, AND SO THAT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT I KIND OF SAW.

I WAS LIKE, I, I CAN FORESEE THIS BEING AN ISSUE IN THE FUTURE IF IT'S LIKE WE TRY TO DO IT TO WHERE IT'S LIKE, OKAY, EVERY TIME WE'RE GONNA DO THIS, LIKE SUPER SHORT AND TIGHT LIKE SIX MONTH PROGRAM AND THEY'RE GONNA DO LIKE A HUNDRED HOURS OF ENGAGEMENT AND BLAH, BLAH BLAH AND ALL THESE THINGS.

AND THEN LIKE, WHEN YOU'RE ACTUALLY WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING IT, THEY'RE LIKE, NO, I AM .

IT'S MUCH MORE REALISTIC FOR ME TO, YOU KNOW, DO THAT AMOUNT OF WORK OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR RATHER THAN SIX MONTHS.

AND LIKE, YOU'LL GET THAT TYPE OF FEEDBACK.

UM, AND I CAN'T REMEMBER IF THIS IS MY LAST SLIDE OR NOT.

NEXT SLIDE.

IT WAS NOT.

OKAY.

SO THE NEXT STEPS, UM, SO I'M NOT GONNA LIE, I WAS SUPPOSED TO GIVE THIS PRESENTATION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION LIKE TWO MONTHS AGO.

UH, AND SO I ACTUALLY HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN FEED LIKE PROGRAM FEEDBACK FROM THE AMBASSADORS AND, UH, HAVE BEEN WORKING ON KIND OF A FINAL REPORT THAT I, UM, WILL BE SLASH HAVE ALREADY HANDED OFF TO THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY, UH, THAT INCORPORATED BASICALLY SOME OF, YEAH, LIKE, OR NOT SOME, ALL OF THE FEEDBACK THAT THE AMBASSADORS GAVE ME ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE OF RUNNING THE PROGRAM.

AND THEN I ALSO INCLUDED MY EXPERIENCE OF RUNNING THE PROGRAM, UM, JUST 'CAUSE AGAIN, IT'S LIKE, I THINK THAT OUR OFFICE WAS DOING SOMETHING

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NEW, SO THERE JUST REALLY WASN'T LIKE A, THERE WASN'T A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF WHAT, YOU KNOW, HOW'S THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS? AND SO THIS WAS A VERY BIG LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

AND SO THERE WAS A LOT THAT I REALLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I CAPTURED FROM BOTH MYSELF AND THE AMBASSADORS.

UM, UH, YEAH, I DON'T THINK Y'ALL NEED ANYTHING ELSE FROM THIS SLIDE, SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THAT WAS THE LAST SLIDE.

SO, UM, YEAH.

THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH FOR LISTENING TO ME.

I DON'T KNOW, DO, DO I TAKE QUESTIONS OR? YEAH.

OKAY.

I WILL IF YOU, IF YOU'LL ENTERTAIN 'EM.

YEAH.

UH, WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE SOME.

UM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, THANK YOU FOR COMING AGAIN, BY THE WAY.

UH, IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS ISN'T EVEN YOUR JOB ANYMORE, SO THANKS FOR, THANKS FOR, THANKS FOR COMING.

UM, EVEN THOUGH YOU'VE SWITCHED OFFICES.

UM, LET'S, LET'S START REMOTE.

UM, DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR, UM, FOR THE, FROM THE PRESENTATION? I DON'T.

I JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

APPRECIATE IT.

YEAH, NO PROBLEM.

ALRIGHT, LET'S GO AROUND THE HORN HERE THEN.

EINHORN, YOU'RE UP IF YOU'VE GOT ANYTHING.

WHO'S DOING IT NOW THAT YOU'VE MOVED TO THE EQUITY OFFICE? UM, THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION.

SO, OKAY.

SO I THINK RIGHT NOW THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY IS TRYING TO KIND OF WORK THROUGH THE FEEDBACK THAT WE DID GET, UM, AND CONSIDERING THE OPTIONS MOVING FORWARD.

UH, 'CAUSE LIKE I SAID, LIKE, UH, WE DID GET THAT FEEDBACK THAT DOING THE PROJECTS WAS KIND OF A LOT FOR AN INDIVIDUAL.

AND SO SOMETHING WE'RE KIND OF CONSIDERING IS, UH, LIKE MAYBE DO WE MOVE TOWARDS LIKE A MINI GRANT MODEL AGAIN SO THAT PEOPLE CAN KIND OF COME IN ALREADY WITH THAT PROJECT IDEA THAT LIKE FITS THEIR CAPACITY VERSUS US, UM, BEING INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS OF LIKE FIGURING OUT THE PROJECT WITH THEM.

OR DO WE WANNA MOVE, UM, BACK TOWARDS SOMETHING MORE LIKE THE ORIGINAL MODEL.

SO WE'RE STILL KIND OF FIGURING THINGS OUT.

UM, SO A SECOND COHORT IS AT LEAST ENVISIONED, UH, YES.

AND THEN I BELIEVE ACCORDING TO THE BUDGET, I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S OFFICIAL, UM, BUT ALLEGEDLY, APPARENTLY ACCORDING TO THE BUDGET, UM, THERE WILL BE A POSITION OF, UH, LIKE A FULL-TIME POSITION FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, WHICH I WAS A TEMP POSITION DOING THIS.

UM, SO THE VISION IS FOR THE FULL-TIME, UH, COMMUNITY PERSON TO THEN BE OVERSEEING THE PROGRAM GOING FORWARD.

UH, JUST TO CHIME IN ON THAT, KATIE COHEN ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER, I'M TOLD THAT THE, UH, F Y 24 BUDGET PASSED TODAY.

SO UNLESS IT WAS REMOVED, UH, AND IF IT WAS PROPOSED, AS SHE'S SAYING, I GOT AN EMAIL THAT IT PASSED, SO IT SHOULD BE IN THERE UNLESS IT WAS REMOVED.

WELL, THERE YOU GO.

I JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THAT HARD WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY AND RALLYING THE COMMUNITY TO, TO DO ALL OF THAT WORK, SUPPORTING THEM.

I THINK IT'S, I THINK IT'S REALLY GREAT.

I IT DOES SOUND LIKE THE MINI GRANT IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY, UM, TO KEEP IT GOING AND KEEP A YEAH.

KEEP, KEEP A GROUP FOCUSED ON, ON DOING IT.

UM, I AM WONDERING IF I STARTED TO LOSE MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT, UM, IF THAT OH YEAH.

IF THE COMMUNITY PERSON ORGANIZER WHO'S PAID FOR THE CITY WOULD CONTINUE TO DO ALL THE TRAINING WITH THE, WITH, IN REGARD TO EQUITY AND SO FORTH BEFORE THE GRANT WOULD BE, UH, GIVEN.

UM, SO I, WELL, I DON'T KNOW, BUT I WILL SAY, UM, FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, OUR OFFICE DOES ALREADY HAVE LIKE A, OR, WELL, THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY DOES ALREADY HAVE A FOOD JUSTICE MINI GRANT, AND I BELIEVE, ACTUALLY DON'T, DON'T QUOTE ME, I, I DUNNO.

I WOULD HOPE SO, AND MAYBE THAT COULD BE SOMETHING THEY EXPLORED.

I FEEL LIKE THERE'S A CHANCE MAYBE THEY DO MAKE, UM, PARTICIPANTS IN THE GRANT GO THROUGH AN EQUITY PROCESS IN SOME WAY, BUT DEFINITELY DON'T QUOTE ME .

UH, I WOULD REACH OUT TO, UH, FOLKS ON THE FOOD TEAM OF THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY TO GET A BETTER ANSWER THAN THE ONE I GAVE.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, WELL, YEAH, I WAS GONNA ASK A QUESTION ALONG THE LINES OF WHAT COMMISSIONER EINHORN ASKED ABOUT WAS JUST A, IT IS JUST A ONE-OFF, UH, EFFORT OR IS IT GOING TO BE CONTINUING IN THE FUTURE MM-HMM.

.

SO IT DOES SOUND LIKE IT WILL BE CONTINUING IN SOME FORM IN THE FUTURE.

YEAH.

THE IDEA WITH THE PROGRAM WAS THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE A CONTINUAL THING.

RIGHT.

UM, SO ARE THE AMBASSADORS GENERALLY LIKE YOUNG COLLEGE AGED PEOPLE OR DO THEY, DO THEY REPRESENT A CONTINUUM OF AGES OR, UM, I'D SAY IT WAS A CONTINUUM OF AGES.

I, I

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DIDN'T ASK FOR EXACT AGES, BUT, UH, I DID HAVE FOLKS GO WITHIN THE RANGE ALL THE WAY UP FROM, OR I THINK IT LIKE STARTED AT 18 AND WE WENT ALL THE WAY UP TO EITHER 55 OR 65.

OKAY, THANKS.

YEAH.

ANYWAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

AND I'LL BE, UH, IN WILL YOUR FINAL REPORT BE ONLINE? UM, I DON'T KNOW.

I KNOW FOR SURE THAT THE OFFICE SUSTAINABILITY EITHER ALREADY HAS OR WILL SOON BE POSTING LIKE A BLOG POST THAT KIND OF CHRONICLES UH, AND SUMMARIZES THE WORK THAT THE AMBASSADORS DID.

THE FINAL REPORT THAT I'M WORKING ON MIGHT BE FOR INTERNAL USE, UM, BUT THERE ARE SOME RESOURCES THAT ONLINE ABOUT THE, ABOUT THIS PROGRAM? YES.

YEAH.

AND LIKE LINKS TO THE, UM, LIKE THE VIDEOS THAT THE AMBASSADORS DID AND LIKE THE PODCAST EPISODES AND THINGS LIKE THAT ARE DEFINITELY ON THERE.

I THINK THE REPORT IS, WAS MEANT MORE SO TO BE, UH, NOT LIKE A PUBLIC FACING, LIKE THIS IS WHAT WE DID, BUT LIKE A SERIOUS INTERNAL REVIEW OF LIKE, OKAY, WHERE ARE THE STEPS MOVING FORWARD? OKAY.

WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YEAH, NO PROBLEM.

THANK Y'ALL FOR HAVING ME.

UH, COMMISSIONER, UH, COMMISSIONER BRIMER IS NOW ON MINE THOUGH.

BRIMER, YOU GOT ANYTHING? NO, I'M FINE.

IT WAS AN EXCELLENT REPORT.

I HAD GONE OUT TO, UH, THE, UH, SITE WHERE THIS WAS BEING HELD IN A PUBLIC SETTING AND I FOUND IT VERY INFORMATIVE.

SO I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION, UH, TODAY AND I APPRECIATE THE EFFORT BY THE AMBASSADORS, UH, YOU KNOW, GOING OUT AND DOING THEIR THING TO GATHER INFORMATION, THAT SORT OF THING.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT.

HELLO, .

UM, I WAS KIND OF CURIOUS, UM, IN RES IN REGARDS TO THE RE UH, EQUITABLE RESPONSE TO CLIMATE, UM, EMERGENCIES MM-HMM.

, AND I WAS CURIOUS IF Y'ALL HAVE, UM, NOTICED ANY POSITIVE CHANGES SINCE LIKE, UM, SINCE, UH, STARTING THE PROGRAM OR LIKE, UM, HAVE THE AMBASSADORS FOUND OUT ANY KIND OF INFORMATION? LIKE IF, UM, THE RESPONSES HAVE IMPROVED WITH CITY, UM, ADDRESSING, UH, UH, CLIMATE EMERGENCIES? I JUST ALWAYS THINK ABOUT HOW WITH, UM, WINTER STORM URI, SOME COMMUNITIES WERE LIKE OUT OF POWER, OUT OF WATER FOR LIKE WEEKS, WHEREAS SOME WERE LIKE UP AND RUNNING WITHIN A FEW DAYS, SO, ALRIGHT.

UM, I DON'T THINK THEY REALLY CAPTURED LIKE A BROAD VIEW OR LIKE THEY WERE, THEY, THE POPUPS OCCURRED OVER THE SPAN OF A YEAR, UM, BUT THE AMBASSADORS KIND OF WERE MOSTLY HELPING OUT DURING THE SUMMER AND SO I DON'T THINK THEY WERE REALLY ENGAGING LONG ENOUGH TO LIKE, HAVE GOTTEN A, UM, LONGER TERM IDEA OF HOW PEOPLE'S PERCEPTIONS HAD CHANGED.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

SO WE THREW YOU A CURVE BALL WITH MORE QUESTIONS THAT, SORRY.

UM, YEAH, ELIZABETH, THIS IS ACTUALLY FOR YOU, BUT IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND FIND THE LINKS OR THE INFORMATION TO THOSE VIDEOS AND THE PODCASTS AND STUFF, I'M NOT, I'M NOT GONNA ASK, UH, ASK YOU TO DO ANY MORE HOMEWORK OTHER THAN COMING LATE AFTER YOUR CLASS IS OVER.

BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT.

NO, YEAH.

AND THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR HAVING ME.

UM, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO ME AT THE EQUITY OFFICE.

UM, I, MY EMAIL SITUATION IS KIND OF IN FLUXX RIGHT NOW, BUT PROBABLY, EVENTUALLY MAYBE ELIZABETH, I GUESS.

I DON'T KNOW.

WE HAVE AN ELIZABETH WHO CAN FIND YOU.

SO COOL.

AMAZING.

GREAT.

THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING ME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT.

[3. Discussion and action regarding appointments to the Urban Forestry Committee (two vacancies) and the Joint Committee of the Environmental Commission and Parks and Recreation Board (two vacancies)]

ALRIGHT, NEXT UP WE'VE GOT, UH, DISCUSSION ACTION ITEMS, UH, DISCUSS AND ACTION REGARDING THE APPOINTMENT OF THE URBAN FORESTRY COMMITTEE.

THERE ARE TWO VACANCIES AND THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL C COMMISSION AND PARKS AND REC BOARD.

THERE ARE TWO VACANCIES, SO WE JUST NEED TO DISCUSS IF ANYBODY WANTS TO JUMP ON THESE AND, UM, GO FROM THERE.

SO LET'S START WITH, UH, URBAN FORESTRY.

UM, RIGHT NOW, UM, IT'S BRIMER NICHOLS AND SHERA.

YOU GUYS STILL WANT TO STAY ON WHAT? YES, YES.

UH, IF I MAY, UH, CHAIR, UH, YES, GO FOR IT.

THE ISSUE REALLY IS THAT, UH, IN ORDER TO HAVE, UM, A QUORUM ON THIS, WE HAVE TO HAVE, I BELIEVE, THREE PEOPLE.

AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THREE.

SO IF ONE PERSON IS ABSENT, THAT MEANS THE MEETING IS CANCELED AND NOT VALID.

SO WE NEED TO HAVE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE JUST IN CASE ONE PERSON IS UNAVAILABLE AT THE TIME THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED.

UH, WE CAN GO AHEAD WITH THE MEETING.

SO IT'S REALLY KIND OF A PROCEDURAL ISSUE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.

BUT I THINK ALSO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A CROSS SECTION

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THAT'S REPRESENTATIVE OF, OF THE COMMISSION AS A WHOLE, UH, TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ADEQUATE INPUT AND FEEDBACK FROM EVERYONE ON THE COMMISSION TO REPRESENT, YOU KNOW, A CROSS SECTION OF THE COMMISSION ON THIS PARTICULAR MATTER.

SO REALLY THERE'S TWO ISSUES INVOLVED IS ONE IS KIND OF A PROCEDURAL PERSPECTIVE AS IS CAN WE HOLD A MEETING ON A REGULAR BASIS WITHOUT CANCELING IT AND INCONVENIENCING, UH, CITY STAFF, UH, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF, UH, THE ORGANIZATION AND PARTICIPATION.

AND THE SECOND ITEM BEING, UH, YOU KNOW, MAKING SURE WE HAVE A ADEQUATE REPRESENTATION CROSS SECTION WISE OF PEOPLE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

SO THOSE ARE THE TWO THINGS THAT ARE INVOLVED.

NOW WE'RE GONNA MEET ON A QUARTERLY BASIS, AND AS SOON AS WE CAN GET, UH, PEOPLE FROM URBAN FORESTRY, UH, ON WATERSHED PROTECTION INVOLVED, UH, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A, I'M GONNA HAVE A PRELIMINARY MEETING WITH THEM TO KIND OF SET A AGENDA TO MOVE FORWARD WITH.

AND THEN WE'RE GONNA MEET, UH, ON A QUARTERLY BASIS TO DO THAT.

SO HOPEFULLY, UH, IT'S NOT GONNA BE TOO INVASIVE INTO PEOPLE'S TIME.

HOWEVER, UH, I WAS ADVISED BY, UH, ELIZABETH THAT THESE MEETINGS ARE TYPICALLY HELD DURING THE DAYTIME AS OPPOSED TO THE EVENING.

LIKE THIS IS, UH, FORTUNATELY I'M RETIRED, SO I MY TIME IS A LITTLE MORE FLEXIBLE THAN PERHAPS OTHER PEOPLE'S ARE.

SO PEOPLE WHO ARE VOLUNTEERING FOR THIS NEED TO KEEP THAT SORT OF THING IN MIND.

SO ANYWAY, THERE YOU GO.

OKAY.

YEAH, NO, I APPRECIATE IT.

SO WE CAN HAVE UP TO TWO MORE, ELIZABETH WITHOUT HAVING QUORUM ISSUES.

OKAY.

UM, WELL WITH, UH, YOU GUYS, NOT SAYING YOU WON'T CONTINUE, UM, UH, DOES ANYONE ELSE WANT TO JOIN THESE THREE, UM, ON THE URBAN FORESTRY COMMITTEE? I'M THE DO GUYS, I'M JUST GONNA ASK WHAT'S THE CHARGE OF THIS COMMITTEE? WHAT'S THE, WHAT, WHAT IS THE DELIVERABLE? MY, MY TIME DURING THE DAY IS PRETTY LIMITED, BUT IT'S A VALID QUESTION.

I FIGURED I'D ASK, UM, YOU, ELIZABETH, WHY DON'T YOU, UH, TAKE A RUN AT THAT AND THEN, UM, BRIER, IF YOU WANNA FOCUS IN ON ANYTHING KIND OF ON YOUR IDEAS FOR THE, FOR THIS NEXT YEAR, THAT'D BE GREAT.

YEAH, ELIZABETH FUNK WATERSHED.

UH, THE URBAN FORESTRY USED TO BE A BOARD AND NOW IT IS A COMMITTEE THAT WAS BEEN KIND OF ABSORBED INTO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

THEY WORK WITH OUR COMMUNITY TREE FOLKS AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

UM, AND THEIR PURVIEW IS ESSENTIALLY ALL THINGS TREES.

SO TYPICALLY TO DO WITH HOW THAT COINCIDES WITH DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND PLANTINGS.

UM, SO CITY INITIATIVES INVOLVING OUR ORGAN URBAN FOREST.

UM, SO THE THINGS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT FOR THE FIRST AGENDA IS SOME GENERAL KNOWLEDGE ON TREE CANOPY.

WHAT ARE THE CODES AND RESTRICTIONS? UM, AND THEN YEAH, , IT'S BEEN A WHILE.

IT HASN'T MET SINCE 2021.

UM, AND JUST ANOTHER THING TO TUG ONTO WHAT BRIMER SAID, HE AND I WILL HAVE TO BE IN PERSON AS THE CH HE'S THE CHAIR.

EVERYONE ELSE CAN BE VIRTUAL.

UM, BUT WE REALLY DO IN ORDER TO HAVE MEETINGS, WHICH IS SOUNDS LIKE THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO, WE REALLY DO NEED TWO MORE PEOPLE ON THE, UM, COMMITTEE.

'CAUSE OTHERWISE IT'S REALLY, UM, HARD FOR STAFF BECAUSE IT USES A LOT OF RESOURCES TO PLAN.

ONE THING I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS IS THAT, UH, ONE THING THAT HAS BEEN RUNNING AROUND, UH, THE FORESTRY FOLKS IN CITY STAFF IS AN UPDATE TO THE HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE.

UH, ALTHOUGH THE EXISTING HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE IS PRETTY GOOD, THERE'S BEEN SOME RUMBLINGS THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME IMPROVEMENTS.

AND SO IN MY DISCUSSIONS WITH PEOPLE IN, UH, THE FORESTRY GROUP WITHIN, UH, THE CITY INDICATES THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN IT.

AND I THINK THAT ONE OF THE THINGS AMONG 500 OTHER RANDOM ITEMS THAT WE PROBABLY NEED TO ADDRESS IS WHAT WE FEEL IS MIGHT BE THE AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT IN THE HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE.

AND SO WE WOULD NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT CITY STAFF IS PROPOSING ARE THOSE IMPROVEMENTS AND WHETHER WE NEED TO GET BEHIND THOSE, UH, ALL OF THEM, PART OF THEM, NONE OF THEM, WHATEVER, WHATEVER IT IS.

I DON'T KNOW.

UH, I HAVE A EARLY DRAFT OF

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IT FROM SAY A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, BUT IT MAY HAVE CHANGED IN THE INTERIM.

AND SO WE NEED TO GET UPDATED ON WHATEVER THAT MAY HAPPEN TO BE.

AND AS A GROUP, AS A COMMITTEE, WE NEED TO CIRCLE THE WAGON WAGONS AROUND THAT SORT OF THING AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION AS TO HOW WE SHOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO THE COUNCIL, CITY COUNCIL AS TO HOW DO WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD NOW.

UM, I FORGET WHO IT WAS, UH, AT THE LAST MEETING WHO HAD QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CURRENT CANOPY COVER.

UH, I HAD REQUESTED ELIZABETH SEND OUT A EMAIL, UH, A DAY OR TWO AGO CONCERNING THE CURRENT CANOPY COVER WITHIN THE CITY.

AND I BELIEVE WITHOUT PULLING UP THAT EMAIL, IT WAS LIKE 40 OR 44%.

THIS IS SOMETHING FROM THE OFFICER MONITOR.

NOW, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S A HUNDRED PERCENT CORRECT, BUT THE GOAL FOR THIS FOR LIKE 2030 OR 2040 IS 50%.

SO THAT IS ONE THING WE NEED TO ADDRESS, UH, YOU KNOW, AS AN EXAMPLE.

SO THESE ARE THINGS THAT WOULD BE ONGOING TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION GOING FORWARD AND SOMETHING THAT WE CAN INFLUENCE AS A COMMITTEE THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION BY RA, MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WOULD FLOW THROUGH THE, TO THE COUNCIL THAT COULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON HOW WE GO FORWARD AS A CITY IN IMPACTING, YOU KNOW, HOW MANY TREES, WHERE THEY ARE, HOW THEY'RE ADDRESSED, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

SO THAT'S THE TYPE OF IMPACT WE COULD POSSIBLY HAVE MOVING FORWARD.

PERFECT.

UM, I, THIS SOUNDS REALLY INTERESTING.

I'M ALSO INTERESTED IN THE PARKS AND REC BOARD, BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT I COULD DO BOTH.

SO I'M CURIOUS IF PEOPLE ARE OPEN TO, UM, HEARING A BRIEF INTRODUCTION OR EXPLANATION OF THE PARKS AND REC BOARD AS WELL.

SO I CAN THROW MY NAME IN THE RING FOR AT LEAST ONE OF THEM.

AND ARE YOU REFERRING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION AND PARKS AND REC BOARD? IS THAT THE ONE? YES, NUMBER NINE.

OKAY.

YEAH.

UH, ELIZABETH MONK WATERSHED, UH, THE, WE TALKED ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT LAST WEEK.

UM, THE, IT'S A VERY NARROW, PURE PURVIEW AND IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE ON BARTON SPRINGS BATHHOUSE.

UM, THEY HAVE NOT MET SINCE 2020, THE JOINT.

THIS IS THE JOINT PARKS AND REC AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION BOARD.

UM, THEY ARE WORKING ON MEETING UP A LITTLE BIT MORE REGULARLY.

THAT IS ONE, BECAUSE IT'S JOINT COMMITTEE IS A LITTLE BIT EASIER TO MAKE QUORUM.

UM, YEAH, SO IT, THEY, THEY WILL RECEIVE UPDATES FOR THE BARTON SPRINGS BATHHOUSE, BUT AGAIN, RIGHT NOW THEY'RE, BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A NARROW PURVIEW, THEY HAVEN'T MET IN A LONG TIME.

UM, AND IT IS PART WHO WILL ORGANIZE THAT COMMITTEE.

I ORGANIZE, I WORK WITH DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FOR URBAN FORESTRY AND THE PARKS AND REC BOARD LIAISON ORGANIZES THE JOINT.

THANK YOU.

DO YOU KNOW HOW OFTEN THAT ONE MEETS? UH, AGAIN, THEY HAVEN'T MET SINCE 2020, SO PRESUMABLY I DO KNOW I HAVE AN EMAIL THAT SAYS THAT THEY ARE WORKING ON STARTING IT UP, BUT EVEN THEN IT'S ONLY WHEN IT IS THERE'S RELEVANT INFORMATION FOR THE BARTON SPRINGS BATHHOUSE.

SO I WOULD EXPECT THERE TO BE SOME SORT OF BRIEFING AS CONSTRUCTION BEGINS, BUT I DON'T KNOW, DON'T HAVE ANY INSIGHT IN THAT .

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

SO JOINT, UH, NO, SORRY, UH, URBAN FORESTRY.

UM, ANYBODY ELSE WANNA JOIN THAT ONE? I, I GUESS I'LL, BEFORE I, BEFORE I REALLY START HOT BOXING EVERYBODY, UM, UH, YEARS BACK, WE ALSO WOULD DO A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A DEEP DIVE INTO SOME OF THE HERITAGE TREE MATTERS THAT WERE GONNA COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION.

SO KIND OF GET AN EARLY REVIEW OF THINGS, SOMETIMES MEET WITH, WITH, WITH STAFF ABOUT THAT AND COME TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION WITH SOME RECOMMENDATIONS AND IDEAS.

SO THAT MIGHT BE ANOTHER ELEMENT THAT GETS PICKED UP A LITTLE BIT, UM, IN THE URBAN FORESTRY COMMITTEE.

BUT, UM, ASSUMING ALL THOSE MEMBERS WILL WANT TO CONTINUE UNLESS THEY SEE OTHERWISE.

LOOKS LIKE WE NEED TWO MORE.

ANY TAKERS, AND THEN WE CAN MAKE A MOTION.

ALL RIGHT.

I'M, I'M INTERESTED.

ALL RIGHT.

QUIETLY QUIET.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THEN LET'S, UH, MOVE FORWARD.

I, I MOVE THAT WE, UM, HAVE

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THE CURRENT ACTING THREE MEMBERS, SORRY, UM, OF BRIMER NICHOLS AND SHERA, AND THAT WE ADD KRUGER A SECOND, SECOND BY SULLIVAN.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? RAISE YOUR HAND.

ALL THOSE, THAT'S SICK.

THAT'S NOT ALL BUT ONE.

ALL THOSE ABSTAINING.

ALL RIGHT, WE GOT ONE ABSTENTION.

I GUESSED RIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

UM, THANK YOU.

UM, AND DO WE NEED, DO I, DO WE NEED TO NOMINATE A CHAIR OR DO THEY NOMINATE THEIR OWN CHAIR, OR DOES PRIMER STAY THE CHAIR? I HAVE, UH, YOU KNOW, I WAS KIND OF VOLUNTEERED INTO THE CHAIR BY THE PREVIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION, UH, CHAIR LINDA GUERRERO.

BUT I HAVE NO PARTICULAR OWNERSHIP AT ALL TO THE POSITION.

IF SOMEONE ELSE WANTS TO ASSUME THE POSITION, UH, THAT'S, YOU KNOW, PERFECTLY FINE WITH ME.

SOUNDS LIKE HE'S RUNNING UNOPPOSED AT THIS MOMENT.

NO.

UM, DOES ANYONE ELSE WANT TO BE CHAIR QUITE YET? .

ALL RIGHT.

UM, I THINK IT'S STILL, I THINK IT'S STILL YOU, BREMMER.

I THINK YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB.

YEAH.

RIGHT.

THANKS.

AND YOUR ENTHUSIASM IS, IS IS VERY ENCOURAGING.

UM, ALL DO WE NEED TO HAVE A MOTION FOR THAT, ELIZABETH, OR IS HE JUST ALL RIGHT, FANTASTIC.

I HEREBY APPOINT YOU CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

WHAT'S THE OTHER ONE? YEAH, YEAH, SORRY.

THE JOINT COMMITTEE OF ENVIRONMENT COMMISSIONER AND PARKS AND REC BOARD.

WE HAVE TWO VACANCIES THERE, SO, UM, ANYBODY ELSE WANT TO JOIN THAT ONE? YOU IN PERRY? I'M IN.

ALL RIGHT, BEDFORD AND KRUGER, DO YOU WANT TO, IS IT, DO YOU WANT TO JOIN THAT TOO? ALL RIGHT.

YOU'RE OUT.

ANYBODY ELSE? NO, .

BUT I WILL SAY THAT FER MENTIONED IT VERY QUICKLY IN OUR LAST MEETING, AND I, I DON'T THINK EVERYONE HEARD, AND SO WE SHOULD ASK HER, UH, AT THE NEXT MEETING.

I SAY WE JUST PUT HER ON IT AND THEN SHE CAN TAKE HERSELF OFF IF SHE DOESN'T WANT TO.

DOES ANYBODY OB IS ANY, WHEN I WAS ON THE ETHICS REVIEW COMMISSION, IF YOU DIDN'T SHOW UP TO A MEETING, IT WAS A SUREFIRE WAY TO GET PUT ON A SUBCOMMITTEE.

IT IS NOT AN UNETHICAL, UH, IT IS VERY GOOD FOR YOU TO BE HERE.

I APPRECIATE THAT COMMISSION.

I WILL SAY THAT I DID HEAR FER SAY SHE WANTED ON THAT ONE TODAY.

I DID NOT HEAR HER SAY SHE DIDN'T WANT TO BE ON IT.

.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

SO I MOVE TO, UH, KEEP, I GUESS ME, UM, QURESHI ME, UH, FER AND KRUGER.

WHAT, SORRY, BEDFORD.

SORRY.

BEDFORD.

BEDFORD.

BEDFORD.

AND, UH, FER.

UH, WELL, I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER THIS JUST JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T VOLUNTEER SOMEONE, UH, WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE COFER, UH, VERBALLY OR VIA EMAIL OR SOME IN A AFFIRMATIVE MANNER, STATE THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE.

I, I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO HER BEING ON IT.

UH, I JUST DON'T WANT TO DRAFT SOMEONE WITHOUT THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROCESS.

HER, YEAH.

WHAT WERE YOU GONNA SAY, ELIZABETH? UM, I'M HAPPY TO GIVE HER