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REVIEW AND

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE LAST REGULAR MEETING.

HAS ANYONE HAVE ANY COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT MINUTES THAT WERE SENT OUT TO US? MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

SECOND.

GOT A MOTION AND A SECOND BY, UH, MOTION BY PERRY.

SECOND BY EINHORN.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? RAISE YOUR HAND.

I SEE EVERYONE.

ALL THOSE ABSTAINING NICHOLS ABSTAINS.

EVERYONE ELSE PRESENT VOTES FOR IT.

THANKS.

UM, ALRIGHT.

NUMBER TWO.

WE GOT A STAFF

[2. Staff Briefing on Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Overview]

BRIEFING, UM, A STAFF BRIEFING ON THE AUSTIN CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS OVERVIEW, AND LOOKS LIKE WE'RE COMING IN REMOTE.

PERFECT.

A LOT OF US ARE COMING IN.

GREAT.

THANK YOU GUYS.

WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

AND IF YOU HAVE SLIDES, I THINK HE'S PROBABLY GONNA BE PULLING THOSE UP, BUT IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND JUST YEAH, INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND, UM, THEN GET TO YOUR SLIDES AND, UM, WE'LL GO FROM THERE.

THANK YOU.

HELLO.

HI.

AND GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS JUAN ESPINOZA.

I AM THE PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE AUSTIN CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS, OR AC C C FOR SHORT.

UH, PLEASE.

NEXT, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

JOINING ME TONIGHT ARE MEMBERS FROM OUR DIGITAL MEDIA TEAM WITHIN AC C C BEFORE WE, BEFORE WE EVEN MOVE ON, I WOULD LIKE TO ALLOW THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES.

UH, COULD WE GIVE FOLKS JUST A SECOND.

JENNIFER IS HAVING TROUBLE, UH, GETTING IN AND SHE'S ONE OF OUR PRESENTERS.

MIKE WONT ALLOW.

IS THERE JENNIFER, SARAH, ON, ON HOLD, PERHAPS? YEAH.

TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE A SECOND IF YOU NEED, UM, NEED THE TEAM HERE, TRY TO HELP HER ON THIS.

ALL RIGHT.

SO ARE WE, ARE WE WAITING FOR THE, THE, THE MAIN PRESENTER OR IS THERE ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION Y'ALL COULD KIND OF START GOING THROUGH AND THEN WE CAN LOOP BACK IF SHE HAS A SECTION THAT WE SKIP? YES, ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

UM, OTHER, OTHER MEMBERS FROM MY TEAM, IF, IF YOU COULD JUST PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO INTRO READ, UH, TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

THANK YOU.

UM, HELLO, MY NAME IS RENO.

I AM A A C C C SPECIALIST WITH THE DIGITAL MEDIA TEAM.

HELLO, MY NAME IS SHERIDAN.

UM, I'M ALSO A A C C C DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST.

UM, AND I ALSO GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, UM, AS A SENIOR.

SO MY NAME IS KIMBERLY JUAREZ AND I'M THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE A C C C DIGITAL MEDIA TEAM.

HELLO, MY NAME JENNIFER CERDA.

HAD TO DO SOME STUFF, BUT IT GOT TO WORKING.

I'M PART OF DIGITAL MEDIA TEAM AS A SPECIALIST.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

JENNIFER.

I THINK THIS ONE.

YES, SORRY.

OKAY.

SO OUR VISION AND MISSION WERE DEVELOPED WITH OUR A C C C PROGRAM AND PARTICIPANTS INFORMED BY OUR GUIDED REPORTS THAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT LATER TO CREATE OUR MISSION AND VISION AND GUIDE FOR THE PROGRAM.

A C C C PARTNERED ALONGSIDE BUILD HUMANITY AND MEASURE.

THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY PEOPLE OF COLOR TO STRONG TIES WITH COMMUNITIES

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OF COLOR, AS WELL AS ANOTHER MIN MARGINALIZED GROUP.

A C C C COLLABORATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE TO PROVIDE A FRAMEWORK FOR DEFINING GREEN JOBS WITHIN THE LOCAL CONTEXT TO PROVIDE AN OUTLINE TO CURRENT AND FUTURE GREEN JOBS.

ADDITIONALLY, A PHOTOVOICE, WHICH WAS PROJECT TITLED JOBS AND CLIMATE ACTION IN AUSTIN, WAS ALSO CONDUCTED WITH PARTICIPANTS FROM VARIOUS H C C PROGRAMS. WITH UT PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ OUR MISSION AND VISION.

H C C C IS A PROGRAM THAT WORKS ACROSS DEPARTMENTS AND WITH EXTERNAL PARTNERS THAT CREATES AND SUPPORTS PATHWAYS INTO EMPLOYMENT.

WE CONNECT TO MISSION ALIGNED NETWORKS TO FORM A LARGER COLLECTIVE SHAPING AUSTIN'S GREEN WORKFORCE.

AND NEXT SLIDE.

CURRENTLY WE HAVE SIX PATHWAYS AND MANY MORE SPECIALIZATIONS OR SPECIFIC PROGRAMS WITHIN THOSE PATHWAYS.

THESE SPECIALIZATIONS OR SPECIFIC PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES AND OTHER PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN NEWLY INITIATED.

CURRENTLY OUR PATHWAYS ARE NATURAL SYSTEMS, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, RECREATION, DIGITAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS, UM, WHICH IS OUR GROUP MUSEUMS, UM, ARTS AND CULTURE AND ZERO WASTE.

WITH EACH PATHWAY, THERE ARE MANY COLLABORATORS, SUCH AS PARKS AND RECREATION, WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE EQUITY OFFICE, AND THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

OUR NONPROFIT PARTNERS CURRENTLY ARE AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS, UM, AUSTIN YOUTH RIVER WATCH AND HUNGRY HILL FOUNDATION.

WITH THESE PATHWAYS, WE WORK TO SOLVE WORKFORCE GAPS AND TO CREATE BETTER PATHWAYS INTO FULL-TIME CITY JOBS WITH LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INTENTIONALLY AND SYSTEMATICALLY EXCLUDED, WE USE, UM, SOMETHING CALLED A RECIPROCAL CULTURAL CHANGE MODEL.

AS ACCC MEMBERS GAIN EXPERIENCE, DEVELOP AND CHANGE, UM, WORK TO CHANGE WORKPLACE CULTURE, CHANGE POLICY AND PRACTICES, AND CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT A NETWORK OF SUPPORT AND COLLECTIVE EFFORT WORKING TOWARDS THE A C C C VISION AND MISSION.

UM, A C C C MEMBERS AND SPECIALISTS OR TEAM LEADS ARE TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES WHO ARE HIRED INTO THEIR SPECIFIC PROGRAMS. THEY COMPLETE A CORE CURRICULUM THAT WORKS IN THAT WORKS TO INTEGRATE EQUITY, SUSTAINABILITY, HEALTH AND WELLBEING, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND EMPLOYMENT READINESS INTO DAILY WORK PRACTICES.

THEY ALSO GAIN EXPOSURE TO THAT CAREER FIELD BY CONTRIBUTING TO WORLD PROJECTS THROUGH HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY RECEIVE ONGOING MENTORSHIP, PARTICULARLY AROUND THEIR NEXT STEPS INTO JOBS AFTER THEIR A C CCC TERM FINISHES.

THE SPECIALISTS ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE PROGRAM AND WHO SERVE AS TEAM LEADS FOR THE NEWER MEMBERS AND WORK TO DEVELOP AND EXPAND THEIR PATHWAYS.

SO NOW WE'LL LOOK AT SOME PICTURES, UM, FROM OUR DIFFERENT PATHWAYS AND PROGRAMS. SO AS YOU CAN SEE, MANY HAPPY FACES, MANY SMILES.

AND NOW I'LL PASS IT TO JENNIFER.

WE CONNECT MISSION ALIGNED NETWORKS TO FORM A LARGER COLLECTIVE TO SHAPE AUSTIN'S GREEN WORKFORCE.

CURRENTLY, WE ARE PART OF THE CITY AND EQUITIES NETWORK, GREEN WORKFORCE ACCELERATOR CITIES CONNECTING CHILDREN TO NATURE AND THE GREEN WORKFORCE COLLECTIVE.

H C C LEADERS AND THE OFFICE OF INNOVATION WILL SUPPORT A THIRD GREEN WORKFORCE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM THIS YEAR.

ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES WHO PARTICIPATE GAIN SUPPORT TO EXPAND THEIR CURRENT CAPACITY OR BUILD NEW PROGRAMS THAT CAN EMPLOY AUSTIN NINETIES, DEVELOP THEIR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ADVANCE PO POSITIVE SUSTAINABILITY AND EQUITABLE OUTCOMES.

SO A C CCC HAS CHANGED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, AND NOW WE'RE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT SINCE 2021, A CCC HAS EMPLOYED A COMBINED TOTAL OF 598 PEOPLE.

AND OF THAT FIVE HUNDRED NINETY EIGHT, A HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF THOSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN OFFERED A POSITION AFTER THEIR TERM.

ADDITIONALLY, INDIVIDUALS, UH, WE WE HAVE 12 PEOPLE THAT WERE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITION FROM THE A C C C WORK MODEL AND NOW HAVE A FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT ROLE WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE.

SOME PROJECT OUTCOMES THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT IS THAT, UM, A CCC HAS OVER 85,000 HOURS OF NATURAL SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, UH, MANAGEMENT ON PARKLAND, AS WELL

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AS, UH, 1300 HOURS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM, UH, PROGRAMMING WITH 3,700 PARTICIPANTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WELL, WE HAVE SEEN SUCCESSES IN OUR PROGRAM.

WE STILL SEE MANY CHALLENGES TOWARDS OUR VISION AND MISSION.

WE HAVE OUTLINED SOME AREAS OF FOCUS, DISMANTLE SUPREMACIST SYSTEMS, SHAPE CHANGE IN WORK, CULTURES, AND SUPPORT LEADERSHIPS THAT REPRESENT THE COMMUNITIES WE LIVE IN AND COLLABORATE WITH.

IT IS A CHALLENGE TO WORK TOWARDS SYSTEM CHANGE AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE THINKING OF THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND NAMESAKE OF OUR PROGRAM.

THE C C C WAS RACIALLY SEGREGATED SINCE THE CONSERVATION FIELD HAS BEEN MAJORITY WHITE AND CONTINUES TO BE OUR PROGRAM WORK TO CHANGE THAT IN WHITE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURES IS CHALLENGING, RETAINING AND SUPPORTING LEADERS OF COLOR HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND HAS SEEN A SHIFT IN DEMOGRAPHICS FOR MORE RACIALLY DIVERSE PROGRAM LEADERS AND PARTICIPANTS, BUT ALSO SEEN CHALLENGES.

WHAT WE'RE DOING IN ASSIGNMENT WITH CITY OF AUSTIN EQUITY OFFICE EQUITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAMS AND MANAGERS NETWORK FOR THE SET OF STRATEGY AND EQUITY CURRICULUM AND TRAINING FOR ALL FOLKS OF OUR NETWORK PARTNERS, PARTICIPANTS TO YOUTH UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOPS.

A C C C WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH PARKS AND RECREATION'S, EQUITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAM MANAGER TO DEVELOP AN ANTI-RACIST MENTORSHIP PROGRAM THAT SERVES A C C C, A LARGER PART TO CONTINUE TO REFLECT ON OUR PROGRAM WITH CRITICAL LENS TO BUILD MORE EQUITABLE PATHWAYS TO EMPLOYMENT AND STRENGTHEN NETWORKS OF SUPPORT FOR THOSE MOST IMPACTED BY CHANGE CLIMATE FROM PARTICIPANTS TO FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES.

STILL LOTS OF BARRIERS.

SO WE CONTINUE TO CREATIVELY PARTNER ACROSS DEPARTMENTS AND NONPROFITS TO SUPPORT AND PLACEMENTS INTO NEXT STEP PROGRAMS. WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN FULL-TIME CITY JOB PLACEMENTS SUPPORT WITH HR.

WE NEED MORE SUPPORT WITH STAFF AND MENTORS WHO CAN HELP WITH PEOPLE WITH CAREER PLACEMENTS, IDENTIFY MORE VISION, MISSION ALIGNMENT PARTNERS FOR JOB PLACEMENTS, BETTER INTEGRATE INTERNET INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PARTNERSHIPS.

LAUNCH A GREEN PATHWAY PRACTICUM COURSE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT OF CLIFTON CAREER DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS AS A POINT OF ENTRANCE INTO H C C AND PARTNER PROGRAMS AND LAUNCHED THE THIRD ACCELERATOR PROGRAM.

UM, ANOTHER CHALLENGE IS AN OPPORTUNITY IS INVESTING IN PEOPLE AND PROJECTS THAT HAVE THE DIRECT IMPACT ON CLIMATE JUSTICE.

OUR NATURAL SYSTEMS TEAM IS VERY, OUR PATHWAY IS VERY CLEARLY AND DIRECTLY, UH, CONNECTED TO CLIMATE IMPACT THROUGH RESTORATION PROJECTS LIKE TREE PLANTINGS, INVASIVE REMOVALS, MAPPING PROJECTS, WILDFIRE FUEL MITIGATION, GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE, MAINTENANCE INSTALLATION.

UM, AND THEY COMPLETE A LARGE MAJORITY OF THEIR PROJECTS IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT, UH, OF AUSTIN.

BUT WE ALSO AT A C C C BELIEVE THAT ALL JOBS CAN BE GREEN, AND WE WORK TO EXPAND THAT NARRATIVE ON WHAT A GREEN JOB IS.

AND ACROSS ALL OF OUR PATHWAYS AND NETWORKS, WE WORK TO INCORPORATE PRACTICES IN, INTO OUR DAILY WORK LIVES OF WORKING SUSTAINABLY.

SO WE'VE WORKED WITH THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY TO CREATE A TRAINING MODULE THAT ALL PARKS AND REC EMPLOYEES HAVE, UH, TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES HAVE RECEIVED THIS YEAR.

AND OF COURSE, ALL OUR A C C MEMBERS TOO.

UM, IT'S STILL CHALLENGING TO TAKE A TRAINING INTO DAILY PRACTICES THAT CAN REDUCE OUR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, BUT WE'RE WORKING ON THAT.

UM, WE'RE ALL SEEING THIS TEAM ALSO THAT YOU HAVE SEEN TONIGHT IS WORKING ON CREATING VIDEOS THAT CAN SHARE THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN IN A MORE EASILY UNDERSTANDABLE WAY AND CONNECTS WITH A BROADER AUDIENCE AND, UH, HELPS PEOPLE THEN LEARN HOW THEY CAN STEP IN AND SUPPORT WITH CLIMATE EQUITY GOALS.

UM, WE SLIGHTLY COLLABORATED WITH THE CLIMATE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM THAN IT HAPPENED LAST YEAR, AND WE'D LOVE TO SEE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO COMBINE EFFORTS WITH THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAMS. UM, AND A CHALLENGE IS MEASURING OUTCOMES RELATING TO THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN AND OUR LAND MANAGEMENT PLANS.

WE WANNA WORK WITH THOSE FOLKS TO BETTER INTEGRATE OUR DATA MANAGEMENT, WHAT WE COLLECT AND THAT WE'RE SAYING IN THE SAME WAYS.

UH, SO WE'RE GONNA WORK ON THAT THIS YEAR.

AND, UM, WE'RE INVESTIGATING HOW TO SUPPORT EXISTING CITY EMPLOYEES LIKE A PARD MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN OR A DRAIN ENGINE OPERATIONS TECHNICIAN IN WATERSHED, UH, TO DEVELOP MORE LAND MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION SKILLS, WHICH CAN SUPPORT THEM AND THEIR UPWARD JOB MOBILITY.

AND ALSO SUPPORT IN THE MANY MORE LAND MANAGEMENT FOCUSED JOBS THAT WE WILL HAVE, UM, COMING IN OUR FUTURE.

AND, UM, AT THE BOTTOM OF ALL OF THIS, UH, FUNDING, SUSTAINED FUNDING IS DEFINITELY AN OPPORTUNITY AND CHALLENGE FOR US.

UH, WE HAVE HAD ARPA FUNDING AND THAT WILL EXPIRE IN DECEMBER OF 2025, I'M SORRY, 2024.

SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH REVENUE GENERATING DEPARTMENTS TO, TO FUND OUR PATHWAYS, AND WE'RE WORKING ON, UH, COLLECTIVELY APPLYING TO SOME LARGE FEDERAL GRANTS, BUT WE'RE,

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UM, STILL HOPING TO GAIN MORE SUPPORT AND WE'RE GONNA BE ASKING FOR A COUPLE FULL-TIME POSITIONS WITH SOME PERMANENT GENERAL FUND BUDGET IN THE NEXT COUNCIL BUDGET CYCLE.

THANK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING TO OUR PRESENTATION.

SO NOW WE'LL GO AHEAD AND, UM, TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU GUYS.

UH, VERY GOOD PRESENTATION.

VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT.

UM, WHY DON'T WE START WITH SULLIVAN AND QURESHI.

UM, I THINK YOU GUYS WANTED MAYBE TO FRAME UP ANY, ANY COMMENTS YOU'VE GOT OR QUESTIONS YOU'VE GOT? WELL, YEAH, COULD YOU, UH, DAVE SULLIVAN, DISTRICT NINE.

UM, COULD YOU SAY A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR FUNDING, LIKE RIGHT NOW, UM, IS IT LARGELY NON-PROFIT, THIRD PARTY, OR WERE YOU A LINE ITEM IN THE 2023, UH, CITY BUDGET OR, YOU KNOW, COULD YOU EXPLAIN THAT A LITTLE MORE, SIR? EXCUSE ME.

YES.

SO THIS YEAR, FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR, THE, THE MAJORITY OF OUR BUDGET IS SOURCED FROM ARPA, UH, AS WE ALSO HAVE OUR BUDGET ONE-TIME STABILIZATION, UH, THAT IS HELPING US OPERATE THIS YEAR.

AND WE HAVE, UH, PARTNERSHIPS EXTERNALLY THROUGH, UH, AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS AND, UH, HUNGRY HILL AS WELL.

AND SO THAT'S, UM, WITH, WITH THOSE TWO, UH, ARPA AND OUR, OUR BUDGET, ONETIME STABILIZATION ARE, UH, IS GOING TO BE THE, THE BIGGEST BULK OF OUR FUNDING SOURCES THROUGHOUT THIS FISCAL YEAR.

UH, BUT THE, THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE, AGAIN, AS STATED IS, UM, GETTING US PAST DECEMBER, 2024, UH, BECAUSE THE, A LARGE CHUNK OF THAT FUNDING WILL GO AWAY AFTER THAT.

SO WOULD YOU LOOK TO GET SOME BE IN THE CITY BUDGET FOR FFY 2025? YES.

THAT, THAT IS A, A GOAL OF OURS.

UH, HOWEVER, IN THE, ON AN INTERIM BASIS, UM, WE ARE ALSO WORKING ON COLLABORATING WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS THAT, UH, ARE, UH, FUND THAT CONTINUE TO GENERATE FUNDINGS, UH, FUNDING SOURCES.

UH, SO THAT WAY WE CAN PARTNER WITH THEM AND, UM, HOPEFULLY CONTINUE OUR OPERATIONS.

RIGHT.

I WOULD ASSUME TOO, TRAVIS COUNTY WOULD BE INTERESTED, MIGHT BE ANOTHER SOURCE IN ADDITION.

RABBITS COUNTY.

WHAT, WHAT, UH, DEPARTMENT, JUST THE, THE ENTIRE COUNTY TOGETHER.

WELL, THE COUNTY DOES HAVE A PARKS DEPARTMENT.

THE COUNTY DOES HAVE A TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

THEY COULD PROBABLY, UM, THEY DO A LOT OF WORK OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS IN RURAL AREAS.

UM, SO THERE MAY BE OPPORTUNITIES BY GOING THROUGH THE COUNTY AS WELL AS THROUGH THE CITY.

ARE YOU REFERRING TO TIM SPRAYER WITH TRAVIS COUNTY? I DON'T KNOW THE INDIVIDUALS.

I, I KNOW A FEW INDIVIDUALS WITHIN TRAVIS COUNTY, BUT NOT THAT PERSON.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

AND I'VE HAD SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH JOANNA.

GO FOR IT.

BRIER.

YEAH.

RICK BRIER.

UH, LET'S SEE.

UH, HAVE YOU APPROACHED ANY OF THE NONPROFITS LIKE, UH, AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION OR THE TRAIL FOUNDATION OR ANY OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS FOR FUNDING? UM, WE HAVE TALKED TO THE, UH, TRAILS FOUNDATION, UH, AND WE ARE HAVING SOME MEETINGS COME UP WITH THEM.

WE HAVE NOT, SORRY, I'M HEARING MY AUDIO'S REALLY LOW.

IT'S BETTER NOW.

YEAH, THAT'S FINE.

YEAH.

OKAY.

UM, WE HAVE NOT YET TALKED TO AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION, BUT THAT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION.

UH, I ASK 'CAUSE THERE'S A, A LARGE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION IS ONE THE, ONE OF THE LARGEST NONPROFITS IN THE CITY THAT SUPPORTS PARKS AND YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY 90% OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH CONNECT IN SOME MANNER WITH PARKS AND, UH, I WOULD SUSPECT THEY WOULD LEAP ON THIS LIKE A DUCK ON A JUNE BUG.

UH, NOW I SAW SOMETHING IN HERE ABOUT, UH, ZERO WASTE AND, UH, I MAY HAVE MISSED THAT.

HOW DO YOU, WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON WITH REGARD TO ZERO WASTE? HOW DOES THAT FIT IN YOUR MISSION? I CAN JUMP IN AND SHARE ABOUT THAT.

UM, SO ONE OF OUR PATHWAYS ZERO WASTE, THE CURRENT PROGRAM SUPPORTED IS, UM, THROUGH THE FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, COMMUNITY REFURB, UH, COMMUNITY, PERSONAL COMPUTER REFURBISHING.

AND THEY HIRED INTERNS TO TAKE CITY RETIRED DEVICES, REFURBISH THEM AND GET THEM IN THE HANDS OF NONPROFITS.

UM, THEY'RE GOING TO, WE CATALYZED FUNDING THERE AND THEY HAVE FOUND SOME FUNDING TO CONTINUE THAT INTERNSHIP MODEL.

NOW WE'RE TURNING TOWARDS, UH, AND THAT WAS A PARTNERSHIP WITH, UM, AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY AS WELL.

WE

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ARE CONTINUING TO WORK WITH AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY AND THEY JUST GOT A LARGE GRANT TO SUPPORT THEIR, UM, OH, SORRY.

IT'S CALLED THE, LIKE, I THINK THEIR FURNITURE REFURBISHING STATION.

UM, I'M MESSING UP THEIR NAME RIGHT NOW, BUT WE'RE WORKING ON FIGURING OUT, UM, FUNDING TO SUPPORT EMPLOYEES TO DO THAT AND HOPEFULLY, UM, MADELINE MORGAN WHO COORDINATES IT, SHE'S LOOKING TO WORK WITH HIRING UNHOUSED FOLKS TO BE IN THE REFURBISHING, UM, SECTOR.

UH, NOW I NOTICED YOU'RE WORKING WITH, UH, AUSTIN YOUTH WORKS AS WELL AND THESE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, UH, OVER HERE, I GUESS THIS IS ON SLIDE FIVE MAYBE.

UM, THESE ARE, I GUESS THESE PEOPLE ARE BEING, UH, PAID SOME AMOUNT OF MONEY, IS THAT CORRECT? UH, AND THE FUNDING COMES FROM THESE GRANTS THAT YOU'RE RECEIVING, RIGHT? THAT IS CORRECT.

THE FUNDING DOES COME FROM THE GRANT.

HOWEVER, WHENEVER WE PARTNER WITH AN OUT AN EXTERNAL PARTNER SUCH AS AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS, THEY DO NOT PROVIDE FUNDING FOR US.

UH, ESSENTIALLY WE'RE, IT'S, IT'S A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WHERE, UH, THE PARKS REC DEPARTMENT, UH, CURRENTLY WE, WE HAVE A LANCE STEWARDSHIP CONTRACT THAT IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PARKS AND REC, UM, OUR WATERSHED DEPARTMENT AND OFTEN WATER WHERE WE, UM, DEDICATE AN, AN, AN AMOUNT OF FUNDS THAT GO TOWARDS THAT CONTRACT, WHICH, UM, HELP FUND THE PROJECTS THAT WE USE THROUGH AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS.

SO THEY IDENTIFY A PROJECT AND THEN YOU SUPPLY THE FUNDING FOR SAY AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS TO STAFF THAT PROJECT, IF I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU JUST SAID? YES.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT, VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOLKS.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

LET'S GO BACK AROUND THE HORN HERE.

UM, ALRIGHT, UH, KRUGER, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? SURE, YEAH.

UH, MARIANA KRUGER, DISTRICT THREE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

UM, I AM CURIOUS TO HEAR FROM ONE OF THE STUDENTS PERHAPS ON THE CALL ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY ENJOYED IN THIS PROGRAM IN THE LAST YEAR, OR AN ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT YOU'RE GONNA LEAVE THIS EXPERIENCE THINKING, OH, I'M REALLY PROUD OF THAT, AND THEN I HAVE A FOLLOW UP.

BUT THAT'S MY FIRST QUESTION.

DON'T EVER BEEN VOLUNTEER AT ONCE.

? UM, I CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT WHEN I FIRST, UM, STARTED, UM, AND I, I'VE BEEN LIKE I A C C C, UM, FOR, OH, LIKE ON AND OFF FOR A FEW YEARS NOW.

AND, UM, I WOULD SAY LIKE IN THE BEGINNING I HAD LIKE AN INTEREST IN DIGITAL MEDIA A LITTLE BIT AND LIKE VIDEOGRAPHY A LITTLE BIT.

UM, AND I HAD TAKEN LIKE DOING A LITTLE BIT FROM THAT ENDED UP LEADING ME ON, UM, TO TAKE LIKE A DIGITAL MEDIA CLASS, UM, AT UT AND THEN, UM, IN THAT CLASS, LIKE I WOULD, UM, DO A LITTLE BIT HERE AND THERE WITH LIKE, UM, MAYBE LIKE A POSTER OR SOMETHING OF THAT SORT.

UM, AND I THINK NOW WHENEVER I LOOK BACK, UM, AND SEE HOW FAR I'VE COME AND LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT I'VE MADE NOW, I'M LIKE REALLY PROUD OF, UM, ALL THE WORK I'VE ACCOMPLISHED.

UM, LOOKING AT LIKE THE VIDEOS AND LIKE THE DIFFERENT GRAPHIC DESIGN, UM, THINGS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

UM, AND JUST SEEING LIKE HOW MUCH I'VE LEARNED AND HOW MUCH I'VE GAINED.

AND THEN ALSO, UM, I FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE BEING ABLE TO SPEAK OUT AND ALSO LIKE FACILITATE, UM, DIFFERENT DISCUSSIONS BECAUSE I KNOW WE ALSO FACILITATED, UM, CERTAIN DISCUSSIONS THIS PAST SUMMER, UM, RELATED TO, UM, A CCC.

UM, AND YEAH, SAY THAT.

THAT'S GREAT.

THANK YOU.

I LEFT A LITTLE PAUSE, SEE IF ANYONE ELSE WANTED TO JUMP IN, BUT GLAD TO HEAR THAT SHARED AND THAT SOUNDS AWESOME.

UM, NEXT QUESTION, I'M CURIOUS ABOUT HOW PRESIDENT'S BIDEN'S AMERICAN CLIMATE CORE MIGHT, UM, IMPACT YOU ALL WHERE THERE MIGHT BE DUPLICATION OR AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER.

AND WHEN WE'RE THINKING ABOUT PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE, I IMAGINE A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT BIDEN'S PLAN IS STILL BEING FLESHED OUT, AND I KNOW YOU ALL ARE ALSO THINKING AHEAD TO THE FUTURE.

SO I'M CURIOUS HOW THAT PROGRAM IS PART OF YOUR FUTURE PLANNING.

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UM, YEAH, IT'S SUPER EXCITING TO SEE THE CLIMATE CORE PASSED FEDERALLY AND THAT THAT WILL BE INITIATED.

UH, WE'VE BEEN KIND OF KEEPING THAT HOPEFUL AND NOW THAT IT IS A REALITY, UM, THE AMERICORPS NETWORK RELEASED A PRESS RELEASE.

UH, OUR PARTNERS WITH US AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS OR PART OF THE CORE NETWORK, SO WE'RE TALKING WITH THEM OF HOW THAT'LL IMPACT THEIR EXISTING MODEL.

UM, WE WERE TALKING TO COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER WHO JUST SHARED SOME CONNECTIONS WITH, UM, TRAVIS COUNTY.

SO WE'RE CERTAINLY TRYING TO PLUG IN AND, UH, MOVE THAT MOMENTUM FORWARD TOGETHER.

AND THEN HOPEFULLY IF IT'S A FEDERAL ACT, THAT HOPE, UH, UM, POLICY THAT PER PERHAPS FUNDING WOULD COME THROUGH WITH THAT AS WELL, SINCE WE'RE ALREADY, UM, WE CALL OURSELVES AUSTIN CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS, BUT USING THAT OLD NAMESAKE, WE ALSO HAVE BEEN CALLING OURSELVES THE NEXT GENERATION CLIMATE CORPS.

SO WE SEE IT'S REALLY ALIGNED AND IT'S EXCITING.

SO IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS AROUND IT, UH, HAPPY TO HEAR ANY CONNECTIONS OR, UM, STRATEGIES.

GREAT, THANK YOU.

CHRIS, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS? UH, YEAH, I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTION.

UH, GREAT PRESENTATION GUYS.

UH, YEAH, I MEAN, I HEARD THIS ON THE, UH, THE J S C, THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE, AND I WAS LIKE, YEAH, THIS STORY IS REALLY COOL.

I FEEL LIKE THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION, UH, SHOULD SEE THAT THERE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE TRYING TO DO STUFF AND WE'RE NOT JUST ALL LEAVING TRASH EVERYWHERE, IT'S JUST THE PEOPLE IN THE ILLA NO, I'M JUST KIDDING.

UH, YEAH, NO, I THINK, UH, YEAH, I'LL FOLLOW UP ABOUT SOME CONNECTIONS THAT CAN TRY TO HELP MAKE WITH Y'ALL TO HELP SORT OF PUBLICIZE THIS STUFF.

BUT, UH, THAT'S IT FOR ME.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

HI, THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

UH, AND UH, THIS IS COMMISSIONER BRISTOL.

UM, SO I'VE GOT A COUPLE QUESTIONS AND, AND THEN, UM, COUPLE COMMENTS.

UM, SO FIRST OFF, UH, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE TALK ABOUT, UM, OFTEN IN THIS COMMISSION, UM, ARE OUR CREEKWAY AND, UM, AND THE TRASH, UM, THAT ENDS UP IN THERE.

AND OFTEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE, ESPECIALLY THE LEVEL OF PLASTICS THAT END UP IN THERE, UM, THAT BLOCK THE WATERWAYS AND, UM, AND LOOKING AT WHERE ARE THOSE SOURCES THAT IT'S COMING FROM.

UM, IN, IN, IN ONE OF THE PRESENTATIONS WE SAW THAT A LOT OF THAT TRASH, UM, COMES FROM DUMPSTERS NOT BEING CLOSED, AND THEN THE TRASH IS COMING OUT AND IT'S GETTING INTO THE CREEK WAYS AND IT'S HEADING, YOU KNOW, UM, AND, AND THEN IT CAUSES THINGS TO BLOCK UP, ESPECIALLY DURING, UM, FLOODING EVENTS.

SO, UM, TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT Y'ALL ARE DOING IN ORDER TO A CLEAN UP, UM, THE CREEK WAVES AND THEN B UM, MAYBE DOING SOME SORT OF EDUCATIONAL, UM, VIDEOS, WHICH YOU MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT HOW CITIZENS OR, UM, EVEN BUSINESSES CAN DO A BETTER JOB TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR TRASH DOESN'T, ESPECIALLY PLASTICS END UP IN THOSE CREEK WAYS.

I CAN CERTAINLY SHARE ABOUT THE FIRST ONE AND THEN PASS IT TO MY DIGITAL MEDIA TEAM TO TALK ABOUT VIDEO PRODUCTION.

UM, SO HOW WE'RE INVOLVED WITH KEEPING OUR CREEKS CLEANER AND REDUCING POLLUTION.

UM, THERE'S A COUPLE DIFFERENT WAYS IF YOU, I, I KNOW WE DON'T HAVE OUR VISUAL UP AGAIN, BUT OUR, UM, GRAPHIC THAT SHOWS THOSE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS. UH, AUSTIN YOUTH RIVER WATCH IS ONE OF OUR EXTERNAL PARTNERS.

IT'S ON SLIDE, UM, FIVE.

THERE YOU GO.

THANK YOU.

AUSTIN YOUTH RIVERWATCH DOES A LOT OF, UM, WORKING WITH TEAMS ALL ACROSS AUSTIN AND THEY DO RESTORATION PROJECTS AND CREEK CLEANUPS AT, UH, SEVERAL SITES, UM, AROUND THE CITY.

AND THEY'RE WORKING TO EDUCATE YOUNG FOLKS, UH, WITH THAT.

UM, OUR NATURAL SYSTEMS TEAM, UH, JUAN AND I JUST WALKED TODAY WITH THE TEAM.

UM, THE FO ONE FOCUS IS ON GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND, UM, THAT TEAM HAS SUPPORTED IN CREATING A SYSTEM TO MAINTAIN THE EXISTING, UH, UH, GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE LIKE RAIN GARDENS, UH, ON PARKLAND.

SO MAINTAINING THAT, CLEANING TRASH, DEBRIS OUT OF THE INLETS AND OUTLETS SO THEY FUNCTION BETTER.

UM, AND THEN OF COURSE THAT WATER GOES INTO OUR STREAMS AND CREEKS.

UM, THAT'S ONE WAY.

AND HUNGARY HILL FOUNDATION ACTUALLY DOES A LOT OF PARK BEAUTIFICATION IN THE SPRINGDALE GIVENS AREA.

AND THEY, UM, THEY HAVE A BEAUTIFUL PROGRAM MODEL, UH, LED BY CHASE AND THEY'RE, THEY HIRE UNHOUSED FOLKS WHO ARE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THEY WORK TO CLEAN UP THE CREEKS IN THERE.

AND THEY WERE PARTNERING WITH WATERSHED TO DO SOME RESTORATION IN ADDITION TO TRASH CLEANUP.

SO THERE'S A VARIETY OF WAYS WE PLUG IN THROUGH THOSE.

UM, UH, SORRY, EDUCATION TEAM.

THEY LEAD PROGRAMS TO LITTLE KIDS ABOUT WHY CREEKS AND WATER AND OUR PLANTS AND ANIMALS MATTER.

AND THEY DO THAT THROUGH ACTIVITIES.

SO THEY TALK ABOUT LIKE, LEAVE NO

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TRACE WHEN YOU'RE IN THE PARKS AND, AND HOW TO DO THAT.

UM, AND THAT'S KIND OF THE MAJORITY OF THE BIG WAYS THAT WE SUPPORT OUR CREEKS.

AND I'M JUST SCANNING HERE TO SEE IF I MISSED ANYTHING, BUT OUR DIGITAL MEDIA TEAM HAS ALSO SUPPORTED WITH CREATING VIDEO MATERIALS TO SUPPORT THAT.

SO I'M GONNA PASS THAT TO A TEAMMATE WHO MAY WANNA TALK ABOUT THAT.

YEAH.

COULD I BY ANY CHANCE ALSO GET THE QUESTION, THE SECOND PART OF THAT QUESTION REPEATED? YEAH.

SO, UM, IS THERE A PLAN OR DO YOU ALREADY HAVE, UM, DIGITAL SEGMENTS THAT, UM, ARE ADDRESSING HOW PLASTICS, UM, OR TRASH IN GENERAL, BUT PLASTICS ESPECIALLY END UP IN CREEK WASTES.

UM, AND THEN SHOWING WHAT THE RESULT IS OF THEM, YOU KNOW, CREATING BARRIERS, CREATING DAMS, UM, YOU KNOW, THAT CAUSE UM, CAUSE UH, WHEN THE WATER IS RUNNING, IT BACKS IT UP AND CAN CAUSE POOLING, UM, YOU KNOW, REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF FLOW, UH, WITHIN A CREEKWAY.

UH, CURRENTLY WE DON'T HAVE ANY VIDEOS, BUT WE DO HONESTLY WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SOME OF THOSE IN THE FEATURE.

SINCE A C C C, MOST OF OUR VIDEOS ARE MOSTLY BASED ON SPREADING THE WORD OF PEOPLE THAT DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT, HEY, WATCH THIS VIDEO.

IT'S MUCH MORE PLEASING TO THE EYE THAN LISTENING OR READING A BOOK.

SO MAKING VIDEOS ABOUT HOW TO AVOID ANY OF THESE TRASHES GETTING INTO OUR CREEKS WAYS TO TRY TO KEEP OUR PARKS CLEAN ARE DEFINITELY THINGS THAT A C C WANTS TO SUCCEED IN.

SO VIDEOS SHOULD DEFINITELY WE'LL BE IN THE PROCESS FOR THOSE.

AND AS AN EXAMPLE, ARLENE, DO YOU MIND SHARING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR COLLABORATION AND VIDEO FROM WATERSHED AROUND FLOODING? UH, YES.

I WAS ACTUALLY GONNA ASK IF I COULD GO NEXT.

UM, YEAH, I DID A COLLABORATION WITH WATERSHED DURING THEIR COMPETITION FOR FLOODING, UM, SPECIFICALLY LIKE HOW THE FLOODING AND ONION CREEK HAPPENED A FEW YEARS AGO.

UM, I DID AN ANIMATION VIDEO OF LIKE, UH, TO STOP AND DON'T DROWN, UH, FOR THEIR COMPETITION.

ALSO, I WANTED TO ADD THAT I THINK THAT SUPPORTS LIKE THE OVERALL MISSION OF SUSTAINABILITY AND WE ARE WORKING, WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH, UM, THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY TO, UM, CREATE THESE VIDEOS THAT ARE ABOUT THE, UM, THE, UM, SORRY, UH, THE EQUITY PLAN, THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

THANK YOU.

THANKS Y'ALL FOR ALL THAT YOU'RE DOING.

UM, YOU'RE DOING GREAT WORK AND WE LOVE TO ALWAYS SEE THE NEXT GENERATION, UM, THAT'S COMING FORWARD.

AND SOMEDAY HOPEFULLY YOU'LL BE SITTING HERE AND TAKING QUESTIONS FROM SOMEBODY JUST LIKE YOU .

HELLO.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

OH, I WAS JUST, UH, KIND OF CURIOUS, UM, LIKE WHAT ARE SOME LIKE WAYS THAT YOU, UH, BRING IN DIVERSE, UM, DIVERSE, UH, LIKE I WAS CURIOUS IF YOU REACH OUT TO MAYBE HBCUS OR LIKE CERTAIN SCHOOLS THAT ARE LIKE, HAVE MORE OF A, UM, DIVERSE POPULATION OR LIKE HOW DO YOU KEEP THAT DIVERSITY? SO, YEAH, SO, UH, AC C C'S MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO HIRE FROM WITHIN OUR, UM, WITH THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH, UH, BUT ESSENTIALLY IS TO HIRE PEOPLE OF COLOR AND TO FOCUS IN PRIMARILY FROM THE EASTERN CRESCENT SIDE OF TOWN.

UM, TRIPLE C'S MAIN MISSION LIKES TO FOCUS ON TRADITIONAL HAS BEEN RECRUITING TRADITIONALLY FROM THE EASTERN AUSTIN, UH, EAST SIDE OF AUSTIN, UH, PRIMARILY.

AND UM, YEAH, AND THEN FROM THAT IT'S BEEN, WE'VE BEEN RECRUITING FROM, UM, THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH ESSENTIALLY.

OKAY.

YEAH.

AND SOME, I'M SOME ADDITIONAL AND FROM, UH, IS IT OKAY TO ADD A LITTLE MORE CONTEXT TO THAT ONE? YEAH, PLEASE DO.

OKAY.

UM, UM, ADDITIONALLY WE DO PARTNER WITH, LIKE WE MENTIONED, CLIFTON CAREER AND DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL THAT IS IN THE EAST SIDE AND IT DOES SERVE STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER AUSTIN.

UM, BUT A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS, UM, BIPO OR BLACK, INDIGENOUS, UH, FOLKS OF COLOR OR LOW INCOME STUDENTS.

UM, AND WE ALSO WORK TO SUPPORT OUR, SOME OF OUR INTERNAL PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN AND CURRENTLY ARE, ARE BLACK LED AND SERVE MOST OF BLACK KIDS KIDS.

UM, SO WE REALLY STRATEGICALLY WORK TO FIND, UM, PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY INTERESTED IN DOING

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THE WORK AND SUPPORT AND GETTING RESOURCES TO THEM.

SO LIKE EQUITY AND ACTION IS KIND OF HOW WE LOOK AT IT.

UM, AND MYSELF BEING A WHITE PERSON IN THE NATURAL SYSTEMS AND ED WORLD, IT IS STILL QUITE WHITE DOMINATED, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE LOOK AT THE LEADERSHIP, UM, AND HIGHER PAID JOBS.

SO WE'RE REALLY INTENTIONAL ABOUT, WE DO WANNA RECRUIT FOLKS INTO THESE JOBS, UM, FOLKS OF COLOR, BUT ALSO TOWARDS, UM, LEADERSHIP POSITIONS, NOT STOPPING AT THE ENTRY LEVEL POINT.

NICE.

THAT'S PRETTY AWESOME.

UM, ANOTHER THING I WAS KIND OF WONDERING ABOUT, WELL, WITH LIKE OUR GOVERNOR'S DIRECTIVE TO GET RID OF DIVERSITY AND EQUITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAMS AND ELIMINATING THE FUNDING FOR THAT, IF Y'ALL HAVE HAD ANY ISSUES WITH FINDING FUNDING SINCE HE'S IMPLEMENTED THAT WITH THE STATE.

UM, CURRENTLY WE HAVE NOT.

WE PARTNER AND REALLY WALK HAND IN HAND WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S EQUITY OFFICE AND, AND ALSO OUR EQUITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAM MANAGER NETWORK.

UM, AND, UM, WE KIND OF FOLLOW THEIR LEAD AND ELEVATE WHAT THEY'RE ASKING FOR.

SO THANKFULLY WE HAVE NOT HAD THE IMPACT OF THE GOVERNOR'S DECISION, UH, BUT IT IS SOMETHING THE EQUITY NETWORK HAS VERY MUCH BEEN TALKING ABOUT AND AWARE OF.

UM, SO WE ARE GONNA FOLLOW THEIR LEAD AND, AND SUPPORT WHERE WE CAN, BUT WE'RE GOING TO KEEP DOING OUR MISSION ALIGNED WORK BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT MATTERS TO US AS A PROGRAM.

THANK YOU FOR DOING THE WORK THAT Y'ALL DO, GUYS.

YEAH.

A COUPLE LAST, UH, QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR, FOR COMING AND, AND SPEAKING TO US, UH, UH, TAKING THE TIME, BUT ALSO, UM, YOU KNOW, HAVING THE COURAGE.

SO, UH, YOU'RE, YOU GUYS ARE WELL ON YOUR WAY TO BEING GOOD LEADERS IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF WE ALL COULD EMAIL US OR PUT, GIVE US A LINK TO THE, THE ANIMATION VIDEO THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT FOR ONION CREEK.

UM, IN PARTICULAR, THERE'S ONE, UH, EX COMMISSIONER THAT I THINK WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, AND, AND IF YOU GUYS DO THAT, THEN I'LL ASK ELIZABETH TO, TO DO SOMETHING FOR Y'ALL.

AND THAT IS TO SEND THEM THAT ANDREW KLIMAN REPORT THAT, THAT WE WERE REFERENCING.

THE, THE PLASTICS AND THE, THE, THE PROBLEM, THE, THE MAIN CULPRITS OF TRASH AND CREEKS.

UM, BECAUSE I THINK THAT IT, IT'S GOT SOME DENSITY TO IT, UM, BUT UM, I THINK IT IS A PRETTY GOOD TARGET FOR WHERE YOUR EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN COULD GO WITH, WITH KIND OF, UM, THE TRUE EFFECTS, UH, AND, AND THE MAIN SOURCES OF TRASH AND CREEKS.

'CAUSE IT'S ALWAYS FUN TO CLEAN IT UP, BUT IT'S, IT'S TRY TO, IT'S ALWAYS BETTER TO , TRY TO PREVENT IT BEFOREHAND.

UM, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH GUYS, UH, VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT.

OH, YES.

AND THANK YOU.

AND, UM, MY CONTACT RIGHT NOW IS ELIZABETH FUNK.

WOULD THAT BE A GOOD CONTACT TO EMAIL THAT VIDEO TOO? YES, THAT WOULD BE FANTASTIC.

UH, OVER THE NEXT 72 HOURS.

THAT'S REALLY GOOD.

AND IF IT'S AFTER THAT, THEN PROBABLY, UM, IN INCLUDE LIZ, UH, LIZ AS WELL.

BUT YEAH, THAT'S GREAT.

JUAN, IT, IT, IT, IT WON'T HIT AN EMPTY INBOX, I PROMISE.

SHE'S SLIGHTLY PREGNANT.

IS THE, IS THE, IS THE PURPOSE OF THAT .

UH, THANK YOU GUYS, APPRECIATE, APPRECIATE Y'ALL'S TIME ON PREGNANCY.

YES, YES.

UM, ALRIGHT, WE'RE MOVING ON TO, UH, THE

[3. Briefing on the “Reaching Austin’s Net Zero Goals via Housing Density”]

NEXT ITEM, WHICH IS AGENDA ITEM NUMBER THREE, WHICH IS A BRIEFING ON REACHING AUSTIN'S NET ZERO GOALS VIA HOUSING DENSITY.

UM, AND IT IS A PRESENTATION BY TRANSIT FORD AND I BELIEVE YOU GUYS HAVE SOME SLIDES THAT HE ALREADY'S GOT.

PERFECT.

IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND AS YOU YEAH.

COME, COME UP TO SPEAK, JUST INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND, UH, UH, YEAH, AND THE TABLE'S YS, SORRY BILL.

SORRY.

YOU THINK I WOULD'VE DONE THIS BEFORE KNOWN ABOUT THE MICROPHONE? THANK YOU.

UH, JUST, UH, MY NAME IS BILL MCCALLEY.

I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TRANSIT FORWARD.

WE ARE AN AUSTIN 5 0 1 C THREE WITH A MISSION OF EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT REGARDING TRANSIT PROJECTS IN GENERAL, BUT WITH A REAL FOCUS ON PROJECT CONNECT.

BEFORE WE START, I JUST WANNA PUT OUT A SPECIAL PLUG TO THE HUNGRY HILL FOUNDATION THAT WAS MENTIONED IN THE LAST PRESENTATION.

I LIVE ON THE EAST SIDE, UH, CHASE, THE GUY WHO RUNS IT IS LIKE, HE OPERATES THREE BLOCKS FROM MY HOUSE AND THOSE GUYS ARE OUT THERE EVERY MORNING AT SEVEN 30 CLEANING UP THE WATERSHEDS.

THAT'S A GOOD GROUP OF FOLKS THAT, THAT REALLY BUST THEIR TAILS TO BOTH COMBINE GIVING FOLKS WHO ARE ON HOUSE TO REALLY CHANCE TO GET MONEY WITH DOING SOMETHING GOOD.

SO JUST THROWING IT OUT THERE, UH, HE'S A GOOD GUY THAT'S DOING A GOOD PROGRAM.

UH, BACK TO OUR THING, TRANSIT FORWARD REALLY EXISTS TO DO EDUCATION, ENGAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY REGARDING PROJECT CONNECT.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE MADE OUR MISSION TO DO IS TO PUT OUT REPORTS BASED ON AREAS THAT INTERSECT WITH TRANSIT.

SO WE DID ONE, UH, LAST SEMESTER REGARDING THE NEGATIVE EXTERNALITIES OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND WE GAVE A PRESENTATION TO THAT WITH A STUDENT WE WORKED WITH, UH, TO THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION LAST MONTH.

THE OTHER PROJECT THAT WE DID, WE PARTNERED WITH ISABELLA PETERSON, WHO IS A MASTER STUDENT

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AT THE L B J SCHOOL AT, UH, UT WHO DID A RESEARCH REPORT FOR US BASED ON HOW WE CAN REALLY WORK TO GET NET ZERO GOALS.

I KNOW HERE IN AUSTIN WE, WE, WE CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE.

THERE ARE SPECIFIC GOALS THAT I'M SURE YOU ALL ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH, THAT THE CITY SET UP TO TRY TO GET REDUCTION IN GREENHOUSE GASES.

AND WE'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT MORE TRANSIT AND MORE DENSITY NEAR TRA UH, TRANSIT STOPS IS PROBABLY THE BEST WAY TO GO ABOUT DOING IT.

BUT IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROOFED OUR WORK, WE HAD MS. PETERSON COME IN LAST SEMESTER AND SHE DID A, A REPORT.

SO SHE'S GONNA GIVE, UH, A SHORT PRESENTATION ON THIS POWERPOINT ON HER REPORT, WHICH YOU CAN FIND ON OUR WEBSITE, TRANSIT FORWARD.ORG.

THERE'S A CLICK TO REPORTS AND YOU CAN FIND BOTH THOSE REPORTS INCLUDING HERS THERE.

AND THEN I'LL LET HER PRESENT AND THEN I'LL CLOSE A LITTLE BIT AND WE'D BE HAPPY TO TAKE QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

MS. MILLER, EVERYONE LIKE BILL SAID, MY NAME IS ISABELLA PETERSON, MASTER STUDENT AT THE L B J SCHOOL HERE IN AUSTIN.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

I'M REALLY EXCITED TO LIKE TALK ABOUT THE REPORT AND HOW WE BELIEVE AUSTIN CAN ACHIEVE NET ZERO VIA SPECIFICALLY HOUSING DENSITY IN TRANSIT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

YEAH, SO JUST TO OUTLINE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT I'M GONNA TALK ABOUT TODAY, I WANNA GO OVER A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROJECTIONS, CLIMATE PROJECTIONS FOR AUSTIN.

SPECIFICALLY HOW WE BELIEVE HOUSING DENSITY AND TRANSIT CAN HELP REDUCE THOSE IMPACTS BY REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

AND KIND OF PIVOTING A LITTLE BIT INTO THE SECOND HALF OF MY REPORT WHERE I LOOKED AT CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN AUSTIN HAS IN PLACE WITH SPECIFIC ATTENTION TO THE HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION GOALS AND OUR EVALUATIONS OF THEM, AND THEN SOME RECOMMENDATIONS WE PULLED FROM THAT NEXT SLIDE.

SWEET.

SO TO BEGIN, ROUGHLY TWO THIRDS OF ALL CARBON EMISSIONS COME FROM CITIES AND TOWNS AND AUSTIN HERE SPECIFICALLY AMIDST ROUGHLY 10 MILLION METRIC TONS OF C O TWO ANNUALLY.

SO IF AUSTIN REALLY CONTINUES DOWN THIS PATHWAY, THERE'S GONNA BE A RISE OF AVERAGE TEMPERATURES, EXTREME WEATHER LIKE WE EXPERIENCED DURING WINTER STORM URI AND PROLONGED DROUGHTS THAT REALLY MAKE THE LIVES OF OUR TECHS AND RESIDENTS A LOT MORE DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL EQUITY AND ECONOMICS ASPECTS.

NOW, A LOT OF THIS IS PARTIALLY OUR FAULT IN TERMS OF HUMAN DRIVEN ACTIVITIES, ESPECIALLY IN RELATION TO CARS, UM, INCREASED, UH, ELECTRICITY USAGE.

BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO MITIGATE THOSE ISSUES.

AND ONE OF THE WAYS WE THINK IS A GOOD OPTION HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT BY SCHOLARS SUCH AS AT THE BERKELEY INSTITUTE, IS THROUGH LOOKING AT HOUSING DENSITY AND INCREASED TRANSIT.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO LIKE I MENTIONED, ONE OF THOSE MITIGATION PRIORITIES THAT WE SHOULD BELIEVE OPTIONS TO REALLY FOCUS ON IS HOUSING DENSITY.

IN A QUICK SUMMARY HOUSING ESSENTIALLY IS THE, UM, DEVELOPMENT PER ACRE OF THAT A PLA LAND HAS BASED ON THE CERTAIN REGULATIONS, ZONING REGULATIONS THAT THAT AREA IS ALLOWED TO HAVE.

NOW ONE OF THE AREAS THAT WE HAVE IS SINGLE FAMILY ZONING AND THAT CAN OFTEN BE THE MORE RESTRICTIVE TYPE OF ZONING IN TERMS OF BEING VERY CONSTRAINED ON WHAT BUILDINGS ARE BEING BUILT IN THAT SECTION.

WHILE MIXED USE ZONING REALLY ALLOWS US TO MERGE BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND UM, COMMERCIAL ENTITIES SUCH AS APARTMENT BUILDINGS NEXT TO GROCERY STORES, NEXT TO SMALL BUSINESSES, REALLY INCREASING THAT WALKABILITY THAT A COMMUNITY CAN EXPERIENCE, THEREBY DECREASING THEIR RELIANCE ON CARS AND THUS LOWERING THE, UM, THE GREENHOUSE GAS FOOTPRINT, THE CARBON FOOTPRINT THAT A CERTAIN COMMUNITY HAVE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS HERE IS A MAP DEVELOPED BY THE AL INSTITUTE USING THEIR COOL CLIMATE CALCULATOR THAT REALLY SHOWS AUSTIN'S SPECIFIC HOUSING CARBON, UM, US HOUSEHOLD CARBON FOOTPRINT BY ZIP CODE.

THE BLUE SECTION HERE IN THE MIDDLE IS WHERE THERE IS LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINTS AND THE RED SECTIONS ON THE OUTSIDE WOULD BE THE HIGHER RANGES OF THOSE HOUSEHOLD CARBON FOOTPRINTS.

THE THING TO HIGHLIGHT HERE IS THAT THE AREAS IN THE CENTERED AREA ARE USUALLY WHERE YOU HAVE MORE DENSE MIXED USE ZONING AREAS THAT LEAD TO THOSE LOWERING CARBON FOOTPRINTS.

ONE, BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE TO RELY ON CARS TO COMMUTE AS FAR TO GET TO THEIR DAILY NECESSITIES OR RUN THEIR DAIRY ERRANDS, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THAT HOUSING IS MUCH MORE DENSE, THE DARKEST BLUE IS A LITTLE BIT HARD TO SEE IN THE SCREEN.

BUT NEXT TO THAT WHITE SECTION THAT IS ACTUALLY AN AREA THAT INCLUDES A WEST CAMPUS THAT IS A REALLY GREAT EXAMPLE OF A SUPER WALKABLE COMMUNITY THAT HAS STACKED APARTMENTS WITH GROCERY STORES IN THERE THAT STUDENTS CAN COMMUTE THROUGHOUT WITHOUT NEEDING A CAR, ESPECIALLY ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS, ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO THE RURAL COUNTERPARTS.

WE SEE THE TOP LEFT CORNER THAT REALLY DARK RED WHERE THEY'RE REALLY HAVING TO USE A CAR TO GO INTO THE CITY TO GO OUT, RUN THOSE DAILY ERRANDS.

NOW WHEN RESEARCHING THE SLIDE, ONE OF THE THINGS IN ONE OF THE STUDIES THAT WE FOUND WAS CONDUCTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AND ONE OF THE THINGS THEY POINTED OUT SPECIFICALLY WAS THAT WE CAN'T RELY ON OUR NORMAL

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DECARBONIZATION STRATEGIES TO GET US TO THOSE NET ZERO GOALS.

WHAT THEY HIGHLIGHTED THAT WAS THAT JUST INCREASING RENEWABLES OR REDUCING RELIANCE ON NATURAL GAS ALONE WON'T GET TO THOSE CLIMATE PROJECTIONS THAT WE'VE MADE IN PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

THEY ACTUALLY HIGHLIGHTED THAT LOWERING OUR RESIDENTIAL FOOTPRINT, OUR FULLER SPACE, EXCUSE ME, AND ALSO INCREASING HOUSE AND DENSITY IS ONE WAY WE CAN BUILD LOWER CARBON COMMUNITIES.

AND THOSE WOULD BE THE COMMUNITIES YOU CAN SEE RIGHT AROUND IN THE BLUE IN THAT URBAN CENTER RIGHT NEXT TO THAT WHITE SPOT.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO NOW TO PIVOT A LITTLE BIT TO THE SECOND HALF OF THE REPORT WHERE WE LOOKED AT THE AUSTIN EQUITY PLAN, I'M SURE Y'ALL KNOW A LOT ABOUT IT SO I WON'T GO TOO MUCH IN DEPTH, BUT THE THING THAT STOOD OUT TO US WAS THAT IN THEIR REPORT THEY ALSO HIGHLIGHTED THAT MOST OF THE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS COME FROM THE TRANSPORTATION AND ELECTRICITY SECTOR.

THAT'S KIND OF WHY WE DECIDED TO FOCUS ON THIS REPORT BECAUSE IT HIGHLIGHTED AND ONE OF THE CURIOSITIES WE HAD WAS BECAUSE WE KNEW THE TRANSPORTATION ELECTRICITY SECTOR WAS A BIG ISSUE.

WE WANNA SEE WHAT THE CITY IS DOING ABOUT IT.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO BECAUSE OF THAT, THE HIGH GREENHOUSE GASES FROM THOSE SECTORS, WE WANT, AND WE KNEW THROUGH RESEARCH THAT WE FOUND MIXED USE ZONING WAS A SOLUTION THAT COULD BE USED TO HELP THAT HELP REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES.

WE JUST TOOK THAT RESEARCH AND SAW THAT AUSTIN CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN HAD GOALS REGARDING HOUSING IN TRANSIT AND WE DECIDED TO LOOK AT AT LEAST THREE OF THEM AND SEE HOW THE STATUS OF THOSE REPORTS ARE.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO HERE YOU CAN SEE THE THREE GOALS THAT WE DECIDED TO LOOK AT.

THE FIRST ONE BEING, UM, THE ASPECT OF DEVELOPING NEW NON-RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY CENTER, THE SECOND BEING FOCUSED ON BUILDING MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS.

AND THE THIRD REALLY FOCUSING ON TRYING TO GET MORE OF THAT WALKABLE EXTRA COMMUNITY MOBILITY THROUGH PUBLIC TRANSIT, BIKING, WALKING, AND CARPOOLING.

NEXT SLIDE.

NOW WHILE WE FOUND MOSTLY BY LOOKING AT THE REPORT AND THE GOALS THAT A LOT OF THOSE INITIATIVES WERE SUPER POSITIVE, WE FOUND THAT MOST OF THOSE GOALS WERE ACTUALLY OFF TRACK FOR THE HOUSING GOALS.

SIX OUT 11, THOSE WERE OFF TRACK.

AND REGARDING THE TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE GOALS, SIX OUT OF 13 OF THOSE GOALS HADN'T BEEN BEGUN.

SO THEY HAVEN'T STARTED AND ZERO OF THEM HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

NOW THAT WAS EVALUATED IN SPRING OF THIS YEAR SO THAT SOME OF THEM COULD HAVE STARTED OVER THE SUMMER.

SO THAT WAS UP TO DATE AS OF EARLY SPRING, MAYBE MAY OR APRIL.

SO THIS REALLY JUST HIGHLIGHTS THE ADDITIONAL ATTENTION WE NEED ON HOUSING SPECIFIC ISSUES AND, UH, TRANSIT WITH ATTENTION TO HOUSING DENSITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO IT GETS TO KIND OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS WE ARE ABLE TO PULL FROM THIS REPORT AND EVALUATING HOW HOUSING POLICY IS TREATED IN AUSTIN.

WE CAME TO THREE DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS.

ONE, WE WANNA INCREASE HOUSING DENSITY TO REALLY ACHIEVE GREATER MOBILITY.

AND THIS IS WITH EMPHASIZING MIXED RESIDENTIAL ZONING.

THE SECOND BEING INCREASING THE USAGE OF CURRENT AND FUTURE TRANSIT SYSTEMS. THIS WAY IF WE ENCOURAGE CURRENT TRANSIT USE NOW, IT'LL BE EASIER FOR RESIDENTS TO TRANSITION INTO USING PUB, UH, PROJECT CONNECTS APPLICATIONS.

AND THEN LASTLY WOULD JUST BE EMPHASIZING THE EDUCATION ON HOUSING DENSITY BECAUSE THERE CAN BE CONCERNS ABOUT ITS IMPLICATIONS AND IMPORTANT THAT WE HIGHLIGHT THE BENEFICIAL IMPACTS THAT HOUSING DENSITY CAN HAVE ON REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND JUST REALLY CONCLUDE, I REALLY JUST WANNA EMPHASIZE THE BOTTOM LINE HERE.

THAT HOUSING DENSITY INCREASED WITH ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION NEAR THOSE COMMUNITIES CAN REALLY ONE, HELP REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, LOWERING THE CITY'S TOTAL CARBON FOOTPRINT AND THEREBY ALSO ACHIEVING AUSTIN'S NET ZERO CLIMATE GOALS.

THANK YOU.

SO MR. CHAIR, IF I COULD JUST QUICKLY, UH, CLOSE WITH THREE NEW POINTS AND THEN MAKE A POINT OR THREE, THREE NEW EVENTS AND MAKE A POINT.

THE FIRST IS, UH, JUST TODAY I WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SAW THAT JULIE MONTGOMERY, WHICH IS MAYOR PRO TEM PAIGE ELLIS'S CHIEF OF STAFF, PUT UP A LINK TO, UM, A NEW WEBSITE THAT WAS PUT UP IN A JOINT COLLABORATION BETWEEN TEXAS A AND M UNIVERSITY AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND SHOWING THE RISK ASSOCIATED WITH DIFFERENT STATES IN TERMS OF OUR CLIMATE FUTURES.

AND ALMOST ALL OF TEXAS, INCLUDING A LOT OF ZIP CODES AROUND THE AUSTIN AREA, WAS AT VERY, VERY HIGH RISK OF VERY BAD THINGS HAPPENING AS THE CLIMATE CHANGE GETS BAD.

THE SECOND THING I'LL SAY IS WE KNOW THAT HERE IN AUSTIN, UH, WE ACTUALLY DID A POLL TRANSIT FORWARD BACK IN APRIL ASKING FOR WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT ABOUT PROJECT CONNECT, CONSIDERING ALL THE CHANGES AND EVERYTHING, AND ESPECIALLY AT THE TIME THE LEGISLATURE WAS LOOKING AT POSSIBLY MAKE US HAVING ANOTHER ELECTION.

WELL, WHAT WE FOUND WAS A COUPLE THINGS.

NUMBER ONE, AUSTINITES STILL STRONGLY SUPPORT PROJECT CONNECT BY AN ALMOST TWO TO ONE LEVEL, ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE ELECTION IN 2020.

SO THAT HADN'T CHANGED.

WHAT SURPRISED ME THOUGH WAS THE REASON THE NUMBER ONE WASN'T A SURPRISE, IT WAS AFFORDABILITY.

THAT'S THE BIGGEST ISSUE PUBLIC POLICY-WISE IN THIS TOWN.

WE ALL KNOW THAT AND TRANSIT CAN REALLY HELP WITH AFFORDABILITY IN A VERY

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CONCRETE WAY.

HOWEVER, THE SECOND THING DID SURPRISE ME, WHICH IS I THOUGHT BECAUSE NOBODY LIKES SITTING ON 35 OR MOPAC, NO ONE LIKES ALL THE CONSTRUCTION GOING ON.

I THOUGHT TRAFFIC MITIGATION, WHICH TRANSIT DOES DO, UH, WOULD BE THE SECOND HIGHEST UH, PERFORMING QUESTION THAT WAS INCORRECT.

CLIMATE CHANGE WAS, I THINK PEOPLE ARE NOW STARTING TO REALLY SEE AND TASTE AND HEAR AND FEEL THE RESULTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE WHEN YOU SEE THE HOTTEST SUMMERS ON RECORD WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO TO A RESTAURANT AND OUR DROUGHT'S SO BAD THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO ASK YOU IF YOU WANT WATER, IF YOU GO OUT TO LAKE TRAVIS AND IT'S SO LOW, PEOPLE ARE SEEING IT.

AND SO WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A REAL THING.

THAT LEADS ME TO MY THIRD POINT THOUGH, AND THE THING THAT I DO FIND SOME CONCERN WITH, UM, JUST LAST MONTH, FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON'T KNOW, LIKE MINNEAPOLIS ST.

PAUL IS CONSIDERED THE GOLD STAR STANDARD BEARER OF LIKE NEW ZONING AND GROWTH INITIATIVES.

THEY HAVE A LOT MORE DENSITY, THEY HAVE A LOT MORE TRANSIT.

I MEAN, THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED TO DO TO BUILD GOOD CITIES THAT CAN ACTUALLY, AS MS. PETERSON POINTS OUT, LOWER OUR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

WELL, THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT AND A SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO CHALLENGE A LOT OF THOSE NEW HOUSING RULES THAT FOCUSED ON DENSITY AND TRANSIT AND IT WAS SUCCESSFUL AND IT WAS BROUGHT UP BY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS.

AND THAT'S REALLY FRUSTRATING FOR US BECAUSE AS MS. PETERSON SHOWED UP, SHOWED US JUST PUTTING MORE SOLAR ON HOUSES, JUST REDUCING, UH, NATURAL GAS, THAT'S THAT'S NOT GONNA DO IT.

THAT'S NOT GONNA GET US WHERE WE NEED TO BE.

WE NEED MORE TRANSIT AND WE NEED MORE DENSE HOUSING NEAR TRANSIT BECAUSE HOUSING AND TRANSIT COMBINED THEIR NUMBERS ONE AND TWO IN TERMS OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

AND IF WE HAVE A SIMILAR SITUATION THAT HAPPENS HERE HAS HAPPENED IN MINNESOTA AND WE STOP MORE DENSITY AND STOP MORE TRANSIT, WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN? PEOPLE ARE GONNA CONTINUE TO MOVE OUT TO PFLUGERVILLE AND MANOR AND BUTA AND KYLE AND GEORGETOWN AND THEY'RE STILL GONNA DRIVE INTO AUSTIN.

SO YOU'RE GONNA STILL HAVE HOUSING THAT IS NOT AS GOOD AS GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION AND MORE CAR TRAVEL, WHICH MAKES THE PROBLEM WORSE.

RIGHT.

SO MY MY CLOSING POINT IS THIS, IF WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS, LET'S NOT GO DOWN THE ROAD MINNESOTA DID, IF WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE.

AND IF YOU BELIEVE LIKE I DO THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE MOST CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH TODAY, WE NEED TO KEEP SUPPORTING PROJECT CONNECT AND WE NEED TO KEEP SUPPORTING THE HOUSING AND OTHER MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT THAT HAPPENS AROUND TRANSIT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET RID OF THEIR CARS, THEY CAN LIVE IN HOUSING THAT IS NOT GONNA BE, UH, AS EMITTING.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

WE APPRECIATE YOU AND WE'D LOVE TO STAND FOR ANY QUESTIONS Y'ALL MIGHT HAVE.

YEAH, THANK YOU.

YEAH, LET'S, LET'S GO AROUND.

UH, AND I, I SPOKE TOO EARLY ON THE LAST ITEM, BUT IT WAS THIS ONE SULLIVAN THAT I WANTED TO GIVE YOU AND QURESHI THE FIRST BITE AT THE APPLE.

SO Y Y'ALL GO FIRST.

UH, COMMISSIONER QURESHI, DO YOU WANT TO GO FIRST? UH, YEAH, I'LL GO FIRST.

ALRIGHT.

UH, YEAH, I MEAN I WAS THE ONE THAT RICK ME THE LAST ONE TOO, SO I WAS JUST LIKE, YEAH, I'M NOT MAD AT IT.

UM, YEAH, I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION FOR SURE.

UM, I THINK WHEN WE TALK ABOUT DENSITY, YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WE NEED ALL OF AUSTIN TO BE DENSE, NOT JUST THE EAST SIDE AND NORTH LAMAR, RIGHT? SO I THINK, UM, SOMEONE NEEDS TO TALK TO THE HOMEOWNERS, UH, ESPECIALLY ON THE WEST SIDE, UM, ABOUT THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF DENSITY AND NOT HAVING TO DRIVE DOWN, YOU KNOW, MOPAC OR TWO 90 OR 180 3 OR WHATEVER, 360, RIGHT.

UM, YEAH.

AND I GUESS FOR TRANSIT, YOU KNOW, UM, THE ONE THING THAT I THINK IS, UH, IMPORTANT BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, MY CAR'S BEEN MESSED UP, SO I'VE BEEN HAVING TO TAKE, UH, THE BUS A LOT AND UH, YOU KNOW, I'VE STARTED NOTICING, YOU KNOW, WHEN IT COMES TO THE SUBURBS, YOU KNOW, WHAT PLACES HAVE UH, HAVE CAPPED METRO, RIGHT? AND, UH, WHAT PLACES HAVE, WHAT NOWADAYS WHAT CITIES DO IS THEY ENTER IN LIKE RIDE SHARING AGREEMENTS, RIGHT? SO LIKE ROUND ROCK AND PFLUGERVILLE, THEY HAVE PROGRAMS WHERE, UM, THEY CONTRACT OUT WITH LIKE A, A RIDE SHARING PROGRAM.

UM, I THINK ROUND ROCK USES ZTRIP AND I FORGET WHO PFLUGERVILLE USES, UM, WHERE THEY HAVE LIKE, YOU KNOW, SOMEWHAT SUBSIDIZED RIDES WHERE IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, $4 OR WHATEVER PER RIDE TO LIKE GET YOU FROM, YOU KNOW, PREDETERMINED BUS STOPS.

UM, YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS LIKE CAP METRO, I THINK ONLY, UH, LEANDER AND ROUND ROCK ARE LIKE THE SUBURBS THAT GOT CONTRACTS WITH CAP METRO FOR BUS SERVICE.

SO WHILE I DO THINK DENSITY IN THE, THE CITY'S CORE WILL HELP, I THINK ALSO TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET, YOU KNOW, MASS TRANSIT MORE, UH, ACTIVE AND MORE USED WITHIN, YOU KNOW, THESE OUTSKIRTS OF AUSTIN IS ALSO, UH, DEFINITELY, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE TALK ABOUT AFFORDABILITY, RIGHT? IS SOMETHING THAT THAT NEEDS TO BE EMPHASIZED ON A A REGIONAL LEVEL.

UM, I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I HAD ANY QUESTIONS FOR Y'ALL.

I FELT LIKE I WAS JUST ON A SOAPBOX.

MY BAD.

UH, I LIKE COMMISSIONER SGO.

OH, BUT THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

COMMISSIONER, CAN I RESPOND WITH TWO QUICK THINGS? IS THAT, IS THAT COMMISSIONER? YEAH, SURE.

YEAH.

FIRST OFF, I'M ON THE HOUSING WORKS ADVOCACY BOARD, UH, HOUSING WORKS IS ON TRANSIT FORWARD BOARD AND I OFFICE WITH THEM, SO I SIT WITH THEM.

AND SO YOU'RE NOT WRONG ABOUT

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WHERE DENSITY IS OCCURRING.

UH, I KNOW THAT THAT'S ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES THAT WE'RE GONNA BE TALKING ABOUT WITH THE CITY'S EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PLAN IS HOW TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN ACROSS THE CITY.

AND SO HERE YOU LOUD AND CLEAR AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AND EQUITY IS BUILT INTO OUR MISSION STATEMENT.

SO WE AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT AND WE'RE WORKING ON THAT.

THE SECOND THING I WOULD SAY IS THIS, IN TERMS OF HAVING TRANSIT BE ABLE TO ACCESS FARTHER AREAS, ONCE YOU GET THE SKELETON BUILT, IT'S A LOT EASIER TO BUILD EXTENSIONS TO THAT.

AND I THINK WE HAD A LITTLE CELEBRATION A COUPLE WEEKS AGO WHERE WE HAD MAYOR WATSON SPEAK AND HE WAS BASICALLY SAYING, LOOK, THE BEST TIME TO HAVE BUILT TRANSIT WAS IN 2000 WHEN WE HAD THE FIRST ELECTION.

AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT FAILED BECAUSE IF THAT WOULD'VE SUCCEEDED AND YOU WOULD'VE HAD THE SKELETON, MAYBE WE'D BE TALKING TODAY ABOUT HOW TO GET TO MAYNARD, HOW TO GET TO GEORGETOWN, HOW TO GET TO KYLE.

BUT WE STILL HAVE TO DO THE BASICS AND THAT'S WHY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO MAKE, MAKE SURE WE STICK THIS THROUGH GOING FORWARD.

'CAUSE IT'LL BE EASIER DOWN THE ROAD TO GET TO THE POINT THAT YOU SO INTELLIGENTLY BROUGHT UP.

YEAH, FOR SURE.

AND THEN, YEAH, I THINK WITHIN THE CITY, I THINK THE CAP METRO PICKUP PLAN IS, UH, WELL, GOT REALLY TRIPPY FOR A SECOND.

UH, YEAH, THE, UH, I I'M NOT ENOUGH THINGS FOR THAT, THE WAY IT SHOWED UP .

YEAH.

UM, THAT WAS FUNNY.

UH, YEAH, SO THE CAP METRO, UH, PICKUP APP IS, UH, REALLY GOOD.

AND ONE THING THAT A FRIEND TOLD ME THAT I DIDN'T REALIZE OFF THE BAT WAS THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, CITIZENS CAN ACTUALLY USE IT.

WELL, NOT JUST JUST PEOPLE RIGHT, THAT HAVE THE APP, THEY CAN ACTUALLY GO FROM A BUS STOP TO BUS STOP WITHIN ONE OF THE PICKUP ZONES, UH, FOR FREE.

SO THAT'S LIKE A REALLY POWERFUL THING FOR, UH, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE IN AUSTIN TO BE ABLE TO, TO USE IN, IN DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT WE CAN, UH, EXTEND IT TO INCLUDE, UH, MORE OF AUSTIN AS TIME GOES ON.

YEP.

OKAY.

WELL I'VE BEEN WAITING TO, UH, BRING THIS UP HERE.

I USE THE, UH, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY'S COOL CLIMATE TOOL, UH, FREQUENTLY TO EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE THE VALUE OF MORE HOUSING DENSITY.

IT'S NOT JUST TRANSPORTATION, BUT SHARED WALLS AND APARTMENTS AND CONDOS, UH, CONSERVE ENERGY.

SO IT'S A COMBINATION IN THE WHAT, WHAT THEY DO AT CAL BERKELEY.

IT'S A COMBINATION OF TRANSPORTATION AND THEN HOME ENERGY USE AND THEN ALSO CONSUMPTION WITHIN THE HOME, UH, LIKE PRO WHAT, WHAT KIND OF SHOPPING PEOPLE DO.

BUT IT DOES SHOW UP THAT IN THE MIDDLE OF CITIES, LIKE THE GREENEST SPOT IN AMERICA IS PROBABLY MANHATTAN BECAUSE THE RATIO OF HUMAN BEINGS TO MOTOR VEHICLES IS EIGHT TO ONE.

THAT'S RIGHT.

WHEREAS IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IT'S 1.1 TO ONE.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO INCREASE MASS TRANSIT, UM, AND ALSO MICRO MOBILITY, BIKING, WALKING SCOOTERS, UH, PETTY CABS, ET CETERA, IS PART OF THE KEY TO GETTING TO A GREENER UM, CITY.

AND ONE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO HAVE MORE HOMES NEAR BUSINESSES, MORE HOMES NEAR BUS STOPS, MORE HOMES NEAR, UH, PLACES OF WORK.

I COULD GO ON AND ON.

I'M SORRY, .

SO I DIDN'T REALLY HAVE A QUESTION, BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS.

BRIER, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING? YEAH, I HAVE A QUESTION.

YOU MENTIONED THAT UH, MINNEAPOLIS ST.

PAUL HAD IMPLEMENTED SOME INCREASED DENSITY YEP.

THINGS, BUT THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS KILLED IT.

YES.

CAN YOU ELABORATE? UM, FROM THE RESEARCH THAT I HAVE DONE, THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT WERE CONCERNED WITH THINGS LIKE INCREASED TRAFFIC, BUT THAT ACTUALLY INCLUDED INCREASED PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC BECAUSE MOST OF THE DEVELOPMENT THAT HAPPENED IN THE LAST COUPLE YEARS WHEN THESE ZONING EFFORTS WENT INTO EFFECT WERE APARTMENT BUILDINGS WITH LESS PARKING.

I KNOW HERE IN AUSTIN, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO.

THE CITY COUNCIL JUST VOTED WHAT, A COUPLE MONTHS AGO TO REALLY GET RID OF PARKING MINIMUMS. AND I KNOW THEY'RE GONNA BE WORKING ON AN ORDINANCE HOPEFULLY BY NEXT SPRING THAT ACTUALLY MAKES THAT HAPPEN.

STILL GOTTA DEAL WITH FINANCING.

HOW WE DEAL WITH THAT.

UH, I THINK SOME OF THE ISSUES WERE WITH BIRD MIGRATION.

UH, THERE WERE OTHERS ISSUES, LIKE I SAID, WITH TRAFFIC.

AND ONCE AGAIN, THAT WASN'T EVEN INCREASED VEHICLE TRAFFIC PER SE, IT WAS EVERYBODY.

AND THAT'S REAL FRUSTRATING FOR US AND IT'S FRUSTRATING FOR ME INDIVIDUALLY AS WELL BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT CLIMATE CHANGE, ISABELLA'S RESEARCH, THE, THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

WHEN YOU HAVE MORE DENSITY AND YOU HAVE MORE TRANSIT, YOU HAVE MORE EFFICIENT HOUSING AND YOU GET RID OF, YOU REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE TAKING CARS.

THAT'S HOW WE GET TO GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION GOALS.

THAT THAT'S HOW WE GET THERE.

THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE CAN REALLY DO THAT.

AND I KNOW THE CITY ACTUALLY HAS A GOAL, I THINK, OF GETTING TO A 50 50 MODE SHIFT OR MODE SPLIT BETWEEN DRIVING AND EVERYTHING ELSE BY, WAS IT 2039? I THINK THAT'S THE WRITTEN WE'RE GONNA GO WITH THAT.

YEAH.

WHAT'S THAT? WE'RE GONNA GO WITH THAT.

YEAH.

OKAY.

I THINK THAT'S RIGHT.

BUT WE'RE NOT GONNA GET THERE UNLESS WE HAVE THESE THINGS.

AND THAT'S WHY FRANKLY SIR, EVEN MORE SO THIS IS A BIG DEAL FOR US BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS GOING

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TO BE HOPEFULLY, UH, SUPPLYING ABOUT HALF THE MONEY FOR PROJECT CONNECT, THEY CARE ABOUT THIS STUFF AS WELL.

AND THEY WANT TO SEE AN AVERAGE OF 35 HOUSING UNITS PER ACRE IN THE HALF MILE SURROUNDING TRAIN STOPS.

'CAUSE THEY KNOW THAT DENSITY'S IMPORTANT.

THEY ALSO WANNA SEE THINGS LIKE A VERTICAL MIXED USE STUFF SO THAT PEOPLE HAVE THE RETAIL THAT THEY CAN GET WITHOUT DRIVING, YOU KNOW, AND THEY ALSO WANNA SEE SOME EQUITY THINGS IN THERE AS WELL IN TERMS OF CAN YOU PUT CREDIT UNIONS IN THERE AND GROCERY STORES