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[CALL MEETING TO ORDER ]

THE, THE, UH, CHAIR IS A AWAY ON BUSINESS, SO I AM TAKING IT PLACE.

UH, OUR FIRST ITEM BEFORE WE TAKE CITIZEN COMMUNICATION IS TO INTRODUCE OUR NEWEST COMMISSIONER, UH, DINO .

UH, WELCOME.

UH, PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.

OKAY.

ACTIVATE THIS OR, UH, PRESS THE RED BUTTON WHEN YOU SPEAK AND, UH, TURN IT OFF WHEN YOU'RE NOT SPEAKING.

THERE WE'RE, UH, HELLO.

NICE TO MEET YOU ALL.

MY NAME IS, UH, DINO TI.

I'M PLEASED, PLEASED TO BE HERE.

SO I'M JUST JOINED THE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMISSION, UH, UH, DISTRICT THREE.

AND, UM, YEAH, JUST A VERY SORT OF VERBAL ABOUT MYSELF.

SO I, UH, GREW UP IN AUSTIN, UM, DID AN UNDERGRADUATE AT, UH, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

I THEN MOVED TO CALIFORNIA, UH, AND DID MY GRADUATE WORK THERE.

ALSO IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

UH, I'VE WORKED THE LAST 13 YEARS AT TESLA.

UM, SPENT 10 YEARS ON VEHICLES AND ABOUT THREE YEARS ON, UH, ENERGY AND SOLAR.

UM, SO SOME OF MY PRODUCTS ARE, YEAH, TESLA POWERWALL.

UM, IT'S, YEAH, IRRELEVANT ONE TO MENTION, UM, FOR THIS.

AND I NO LONGER WORK AT TESLA, UM, AS OF ABOUT 10 MONTHS AGO.

AND, UH, I'M NOW SORT OF BETWEEN, BETWEEN ADVENTURES, SO TO SPEAK.

SO, YEAH, REALLY HAPPY TO BE HERE AND LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING EVERYONE IN PERSON.

WE'RE LUCKY TO HAVE YOU.

UH, FIRST, UH, ORDER OF BUSINESS IS PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS.

I DON'T BELIEVE WE HAVE ANY,

[1. Approve the minutes of the Resource Management Commission Regular Meeting on February 20, 2024.]

SO WE'LL MOVE ON TO, UH, APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

MR. VICE CHAIR ALISON SILVERSTEIN HERE.

I WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE A CHANGE TO THE MINUTES.

PLEASE, PLEASE, THE ITEM, LET ME CHECK MY NOTE.

ITEM EIGHT ON PDF, PAGE FIVE.

THE BOLD LANGUAGE IS PRETTY UNCLEAR, AND I THINK WE CAN CORRECT THAT.

IT, IT APPEARS THAT THIS VOTE FAILED, IF I RECALL CORRECTLY.

AND SO THE MOTION TO APPROVE A RECOMMENDATION WAS NOT RECOMMENDED IS A LITTLE UNCLEAR.

I THINK WE CAN FIX THAT BY, BY SAYING IN THE MIDDLE LINE, RECLAIMED WATER CONNECTIONS FAILED TO PASS IN PLACE OF WAS NOT RECOMMENDED.

AND THAT WILL LEAVE A CLEANER RECORD FOR OUR MANY FANS OUT THERE IN THE PUBLIC.

UH, EVERYBODY GO AHEAD.

DOES THAT WORK FOR EVERYBODY? VICE CHAIR? MAY I PLEASE? OKAY.

SO, UH, RECOMMENDATION THE ITEM NUMBER EIGHT.

IT DOES REFLECT THAT IT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED.

SO IF YOU LOOK IN THE BOLDED LANGUAGE THAT IS RIGHT BELOW THE, UH, AGENDA LANGUAGE, YOU'LL SAY THAT, UM, SEE THAT IT SAYS THAT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED ON VICE CHAIR ROBBINS MOTION COMMISSIONER S SILVERSTEIN SECOND ON A 4 3 1 VOTE.

SO THAT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED.

I, I, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE LANGUAGE IS THERE, BUT THE LANGUAGE OF WAS NOT RECOMMENDED IS HIGHLY UNCLEAR, AND I RECOMMEND THAT WE REPLACE WAS NOT RECOMMENDED WITH THE LANGUAGE FAILED TO PASS.

THANK YOU.

I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT, MS. GOODWIN.

OKAY.

I'LL MAKE THE CORRECTION.

UM, THANK YOU, MA'AM.

THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ANY MENTION OF OUR, UH, OTHER RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL, YOUR HONOR, FOR, I WAS NOT CLEAR WHETHER OUR OTHER RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL WAS EMBEDDED IN THE SECOND HALF OF THAT O OF ITEM EIGHT.

UM, WHATEVER WE, IT IS THAT WE RECOMMENDED, AND I DON'T RECALL ALL OF THE DETAILS ABOUT THE ADDING ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE TO THE POSTING LANGUAGE, THOSE, THAT ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE IS NOT REFLECTED IN THE MINUTES.

SO IF YOU HAVE THAT ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO ADD THAT INTO THE SECOND HALF OF ITEM EIGHT MINUTES.

SO IT IS, IT IS SUMMARIZED,

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IT'S, IT'S THERE, BUT AS MY MANAGER EXPLAINED DURING THE LAST MEETING, WE CANNOT CHANGE THE POSTING LANGUAGE OF A RCA.

SO THE RECOMMENDATION WAS TO JUST PUT IT INTO THE MINUTES AND YOU'LL SEE THAT LAST SENTENCE WAS ADDED.

SO THAT'S WHAT THAT IS.

AND THAT DID PASS.

SO THAT IS REFLECTED THERE IN THE MINUTES.

THANK YOU MS. GOODWIN.

VERY, VERY HELPFUL CLARIFICATION.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER, UH, AMENDMENTS? OKAY.

UM, DOES SOMEONE WANT TO, UH, MOVE APPROVAL OR WILL SOMEONE MOVE APPROVAL? SOME MOVE SECOND.

AND WILL SOMEONE SECOND? SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

AYE.

I YOU WANT? UM, SURE.

OKAY.

FOR THE RECORD, UM, EVERYONE HAS TO, IF YOU'RE REMOTE, YOU HAVE TO SHOW YOUR FACE DURING THE VOTE.

UM, COMMISSIONER ROBBINS? YES, COMMISSIONER KARA GOTTI, READ IN THE CHAT.

I'M HAVING ISSUES, SO I NEED TO FIX THAT.

I'M NOT VOTING ON THIS.

COMMISSIONER DAVIS? YES.

COMMISSIONER FORMER? YES.

COMMISSIONER GARY? YES.

COMMISSIONER JOHNSON? YES.

COMMISSIONER SARAH REIS.

SORRY.

UH, ABSTAIN.

OKAY.

UM, CAN WE ALLOW, UH, UM, COMMISSIONER CAROTTI TO VOTE SINCE SHE'S HAVING TECHNICAL PROBLEMS? OKAY.

SHE CAN'T COME ON CAMERA, BUT THAT'S FINE.

BUT SHE SAID SHE WASN'T VOTING FOR IT UNLESS I MISUNDERSTOOD.

UH, COMMISSIONER CAROTTI, WERE YOU AGAINST THE THIS OR NO, I WASN'T AGAINST IT.

I JUST DIDN'T THINK I COULD VOTE SINCE I WASN'T ON CAMERA.

I VOTE YES.

GREAT.

OKAY.

AND COMMISSIONER SILVERSTEIN? YES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UH, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE UP ITEM

[2. Recommend approving issuance of a capacity-based incentive to the City of Sunset Valley, for installation of solar electric systems on their facilities located at 3203 and 3207 Jones Road, Sunset Valley, TX, 78745, in an amount not to exceed $119,899.]

TWO, UH, RECOMMEND APPROVING ISSUANCE OF A CAPACITY BASED INCENTIVE TO THE SUN CITY OF SUNSET VALLEY FOR INSTALLATION OF SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS ON THEIR FACILITIES LOCATED AT 32 0 3 AND 32 0 7 JONES ROAD, SUNSET VALLEY, TEXAS 7 8 7 4 5 IN THE AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $119,899.

UM, WOULD STAFF GIVE US A VERY QUICK SUMMARY OF THIS? IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE LONG.

OKAY.

JUST GETTING THE FACTS.

YEAH.

SO THIS IS, UM, FOR A COUPLE OF FACILITIES, UM, THAT BELONG TO SUNSET VALLEY.

UM, IT'S A TOTAL OF 133 KILOWATTS DC.

UM, AND, AND IF YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR QUESTIONS, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER THAT.

BUT LOOKS LIKE, UM, THIS WOULD BE OFFSETTING, UM, ALL OF THE BUILDING'S HISTORIC CONSUMPTION, UM, AND THE, THIS WOULD BE A NONPROFIT CAPACITY BASED INCENTIVE THAT'S UPFRONT.

COMMISSIONERS, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? UH, WHAT DOES THE VOTE TODAY REPRESENT EXACTLY? WE ARE RECOMMENDING THAT WE MAY BE RECOMMENDING THAT CITY COUNCIL APPROVE, UH, PERFORMANCE BASED INCENTIVES TO A NONPROFIT, UH, FOR,

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UM, INCENTING SOLAR CELLS ON THEIR ROOF.

AND, AND WHAT DOES THE MAY, WHAT DOES IT DEPEND ON? LIKE DOES THE VOTE DEFINITELY MEAN THAT THERE WAS A RECOMMENDATION OR DOES DEPEND ON SOME FUTURE ACTION? UH, THE CITY COUNCIL ASKS US TO STUDY AND COMMENT ON ISSUES RELATED TO OUR PURVIEW, AND THEY ARE, THEY ARE DEPENDING ON US TO VET THESE THINGS.

AT LEAST I FLATTER MYSELF TO THINK SO.

RIGHT.

BUT THE VOTE TODAY FOR WHAT WE IN THIS ROOM AND ONLINE ARE VOTING ON, UH, REPRESENTS WHAT EXACTLY TO THE COUNCIL, LIKE RECOMMEND DO THE 133 KILOWATTS OR, YES.

YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S MY CLARIFICATION.

DO I HAVE A QUESTION? THIS IS COMMISSIONER GARY.

UH, UH, MS. GOODWIN, CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT PAGE THE BREAKDOWN IS, OR IS THERE A BREAKDOWN FOR THE 119,000? THE 119,000 IS A CAPACITY BASED INCENTIVE.

AND SO IT'S BASED ON THE, THE DC WATTAGE OF THE SYSTEM AND THE INCENTIVE AMOUNT, I BELIEVE, LET'S SEE IT, IT'S GONNA BE 90, UH, YEAH, 90 CENTS A WATT DC PAGES SEVEN AND EIGHT OF THE PDF.

IT'S LISTED ITEM NUMBER TWO RIGHT AT THE TOP.

IT'S RIGHT BEHIND, UM, THE DRAFT MINUTES IN THE PACKET.

THANK YOU, MRS. GOODMAN.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER, UH, COMMISSIONER DAVIS? UM, JUST FOR THE RECORD, WHAT WAS THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE EUC FOR THIS ITEM? YESTERDAY? THEY PASSED IT.

THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION, PLEASE.

UM, JUST FOR CLARITY, AND I THINK I KNOW THIS ALREADY, BUT, UH, SUNSET VALLEY IS IN OUR LOAN LOAD ZONE, IS THAT CORRECT? CORRECT.

OKAY.

JUST WANNA MAKE SURE, UH, THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT WOULD BE PROVIDING THAT ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL VALUE TO, TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AUSTIN, UM, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER GARY.

UM, DO YOU KNOW THE TIMELINE, IF THIS IS APPROVED, WHAT WOULD BE THE NEXT STEPS AND HOW, AND WHAT PARTICULAR TIMELINE YOU HAVE FOR THIS PROJECT TO BE COMPLETED? YEAH, SO THIS PROJECT IS GONNA BE GIVEN A, UM, 365, UH, AND THEY'LL HAVE 6 365 DAYS TO INSTALL IT.

UM, IT DOES NOT TYPICALLY TAKE THAT LONG, UM, BUT IF, AND IT COULD POSSIBLY TAKE LONGER IF THEY RUN INTO SOME KIND OF SUPPLY ISSUES, IN WHICH CASE THEY COULD, UM, POTENTIALLY ASK FOR AN EXTENSION, BUT WE DON'T ANTICIPATE THAT VERY WELL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR RESPONSE AND DEFINITELY BRINGING CLARITY TO THIS, UH, ITEM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, COMMISSIONERS.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? SORRY, THIS IS COMMISSIONER CAROTTI.

UM, JUST SO I HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING, UM, SOMETI, I DON'T HAVE TIME TO REVIEW ALL THESE THINGS AND, YOU KNOW, TWO HOURS.

SO JUST FOR MY UNDERSTANDING IS, IS DOES THE, DOES, UM, SUNSET VALLEY HAVE OTHER INCENTIVES FROM AUSTIN ENERGY? UM, NOT FOR THE ADOPTION OF SOLAR, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF, UM, YOU KNOW, BILL CREDITS THAT THEY CAN GENERATE THROUGH THE PRODUCTION OF, OF RENEWABLE ENERGY AFTER THEY INSTALL THE SYSTEM.

OKAY.

WOULD YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW, I MEAN, YOU MAY NOT AT THIS POINT.

WOULD YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW THE PERCENTAGE OF LIKE WHAT SUNSET VALLEY'S INCENTIVES ARE COMPARED TO LIKE THE CITY OF AUSTIN? DO YOU HAVE THAT BREAKDOWN OR NO? ARE YOU ASKING IF SUNSET VALLEY IS OFFERING ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES TO THEIR CUSTOMERS? NO.

ON TOP OF LIKE, WE'RE AUSTIN, AUSTIN ENERGY IS GIVING SUNSET VALLEY AND INCENTIVE, CORRECT? RIGHT, THAT'S CORRECT.

BUT IN THE PAST THEY HAVE.

THAT'S WHY I WAS ASKING.

YEAH.

OH, NO, NO, NO.

UM, SO MY QUESTION IS JUST, UH, DIFFERENT DIFFERENTIATING LIKE HOW MUCH SUNSET VALLEY

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IS GETTING SINCE THEY'RE KIND OF THEIR OWN LITTLE PLACE, BUT I KNOW THAT WE'RE GIVING ELECTRICITY TO THEM COMPARED TO, I'M JUST KIND OF SEPARATING THE TWO ENTITIES, BASICALLY.

LIKE HOW MUCH, LIKE WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE, NOT THE NUMBER, BUT LIKE A PERCENTAGE, LIKE, IS 20% GOING TO SUNSET VALLEY AND 80% GOING TO THE CITY OF BOSTON TYPE FOR THE SAME, FOR THIS SAME, UH, SOLAR BENEFIT? AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT ANSWER, I UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION I'M ASKING.

I'M, I'M STILL UNCLEAR ON THE QUESTION.

I'M, I APOLOGIZE.

UM, ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH OF OUR SOLAR INCENTIVES GO TO SUNSET VALLEY AS OPPOSED TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN, OR, YES, EXACTLY.

OKAY.

UM, YEAH.

UH, THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS EQUALLY ELIGIBLE FOR INCENTIVES AS SUNSET VALLEY.

MM-HMM.

, UM, THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE, THEY MEET THE SAME CRITERIA AND HAVE THE SAME REQUIREMENTS.

UM, THAT SAID, WE DON'T OFTEN SEE THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UM, DEPARTMENTS MOVING FORWARD WITH SOLAR INCENTIVES.

MOST OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S, UH, SOLAR FLEET WAS INSTALLED BY AUSTIN ENERGY AND TYPICALLY THROUGH GRANT FUNDING.

MM.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

, ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? I HEAR NONE.

UH, IS THERE A MOTION FOR APPROVAL, MOVE APPROVAL? SILVERSTEIN? UH, UH, BOTH OF YOU SPOKE AT ONCE.

UH, HAPPY GIVE TO WHOMEVER ELSE SPOKE.

OKAY.

UH, COM UH, WE WILL SAY COMMISSIONER DAVIS, UH, UH, MOVED.

AND COMMISSIONER SILVERSTEIN SECONDED.

IS THAT OKAY? THANK YOU, SIR.

UH, PLEASE CALL THE ROLE MS. GOODWIN.

COMMISSIONER ROBBINS? YES.

COMMISSIONER KARA GOTTI? YES.

COMMISSIONER DAVIS? YES.

COMMISSIONER FARMER? YES.

COMMISSIONER GARY.

COMMISSIONER, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

OKAY.

CAN YOU HAVE TO, FOR THE VOTE, YOU HAVE TO SHOW YOUR FACE UNLESS SOMETHING OH, I'M SORRY.

I THOUGHT I HAD IT ON WHEN I SAID YES, SO YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, COMMISSIONER JOHNSON? YES, COMMISSIONER, WE GONNA GET IT RIGHT? UH, , IT SAYS READ, ITS, UH, YES.

AND COMMISSIONER SILVERSTEIN, WE SEE YOU, BUT WE DIDN'T HEAR YOU.

YES, THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

UM,

[7. Staff briefing regarding the Austin Climate Equity Plan Overview by Phillip Duran, Climate Analyst, Sr, Office of Sustainability.]

WE'RE, IT IS OUR CUSTOM TO, UH, TAKE BRIEFINGS, UH, FIRST IF WE CAN.

SO, UM, WE HAVE A PRESENTATION, UH, STAFF BRIEFING, UH, FROM PHILIP DURAN REGARDING THE AUSTIN CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN OVERVIEW.

UH, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE, UH, COMMISSIONERS DAVIS AND JOHNSON, UH, HAVE, UH, SPENT SOME TIME ON REGARDING THE JOINT, UH, SUSTAINABILITY TASK FORCE THAT, UH, REVIEWS THIS.

UM, SO, UH, MR. DURAN, WELCOME.

IF YOU COULD PLEASE, UH, KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO 20 MINUTES OR LESS, AND THEN WE'LL ALLOW SOME TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS.

SURE.

YEAH, I, UM, WE'VE GOT QUITE A FEW SLIDES HERE, BUT I'LL DO MY BEST.

I MIGHT BE KINDA SPEEDING THROUGH IT, UH, BUT OF COURSE, IF ANYBODY HAS ANY QUESTIONS THROUGHOUT, I I WOULD PREFER IF YOU JUST THROW UP YOUR HAND AND, AND SAY SOMETHING AND WE CAN JUST ADDRESS IT AS IT COMES.

BUT, UH, YEAH, WE'LL LEAVE SOME TIME AT THE END FOR QUESTIONS AS WELL.

SO, UH, HI EVERYBODY.

UH, FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW ME, I'M PHILIP DURAN, THE, UH, SENIOR CLIMATE ANALYST AT THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

SO, UH, WHAT I TELL MY MOM THAT MEANS IS THAT I LEAD OUR, UH, MATH AND SCIENCE WORK, UH, EVERYTHING THAT RELATES TO SUSTAINABILITY, UH, RESILIENCE, CLIMATE, FOOD, SOMETIMES, SOMETIMES

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SUPPORTING OUR PARTNER DEPARTMENTS AROUND THE CITY, UM, WHEN THEY NEED IT, UM, SUPPORTING EXTERNAL PARTNERS AS WELL.

AND IN PARTICULAR RELEVANT TO THIS CONVERSATION IS, UH, YOU KNOW, I LEAD THE TECHNICAL WORK AROUND TRACKING OUR PROGRESS IN THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN AND LED THE WORK, UH, DEVELOPING THE NUMBERS THAT WENT INTO IT.

SO, UH, SARAH EMAILED US A WHILE AGO AND ASKED, UH, SOMEBODY FROM THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY TO COME OVER AND KIND OF GIVE THE OVERVIEW OF THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, AND I DREW THE LONG STRAW AND HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BEING WITH Y'ALL HERE TODAY.

SO, GREAT TO MEET YOU ALL IF WE HAVEN'T MET, AND GREAT TO SEE SO MANY FAMILIAR FACES IN THE AUDIENCE AS WELL.

YEAH.

UM, ARE YOU JUST SLIDE OKAY.

YEAH, SLIDE.

UH, RIGHT.

SO, UM, I'LL JUST DO A QUICK OVERVIEW OF KIND OF THE PROCESS THAT WENT INTO DEVELOPING THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

UM, IT WAS ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL IN SEPTEMBER OF 2021.

IT WAS A MANY YEARS OF EFFORT.

WENT INTO, UH, DEVELOPING THE PLAN LEADING UP TO THAT.

I'LL DO A KIND OF A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF WHAT'S IN THE PLAN, UH, PARTICULARLY THE SECTIONS AND THE GOALS AND STRATEGIES THAT, UH, PERTAIN TO THIS BODY HERE.

AND THEN I'LL DO A QUICK STATUS UPDATE OF WHERE WE ARE NEW, UH, NOW RELATIVE TO ITS IMPLEMENTATION, UH, SLIDE, RIGHT? SO, UH, A LOT OF TIMES, UM, KINDA GIVING THIS, UH, PRESENTATION, I'LL SHOW A NUMBER OF FIGURES THAT KIND OF INDICATE, UH, TRAJECTORIES OF, OF CLIMATE AND, AND IMPACTS AND TEMPERATURE CHANGE AND EVERYTHING.

I'LL JUST LEAVE IT TO THIS ONE FIGURE.

I THINK WE ALL SOMEWHAT WELL VERSED IN, UH, ON THIS TOPIC, BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING, WE LIVE IT.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE ALL LIVE HERE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

WE FELT THE SUMMER'S GETTING HOTTER AND IN SOME CASES THE WINTER'S GETTING COLDER OVER THE LAST 10, 20 YEARS.

AND THIS IS JUST DATA THAT REALLY JUST SHOWS THAT, UH, THINGS ARE GETTING WARMER HERE ACROSS TEXAS AND CERTAINLY HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS.

SLIDE.

SO, IT, IT IS THE AUSTIN CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

UM, OCCASIONALLY WE'LL GET THE QUESTION, WHY LEAD WITH EQUITY IN A CLIMATE PLAN? UM, YOU KNOW, WE'VE ALL EXPERIENCED THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE RECENTLY.

UM, YOU KNOW, A FEW EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS COME TO MIND, BUT I THINK WE'VE ALSO SEEN THAT IT'S OUR LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THAT ARE PERHAPS MORE DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED BY THOSE CLIMATE HAZARDS THAN A LOT OF US ARE.

UM, YOU KNOW, THEY EXPERIENCE THOSE CLIMATE SHOCKS KIND OF MORE ACUTELY.

UM, THEY HAVE FEWER RESOURCES TO BOUNCE BACK FROM AN EVENT AND END UP SUFFERING LONGER TERM IMPACTS, UH, BOTH MEN IN TERMS OF MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH, UH, THAT, UH, THAT SORT OF CONTINUE ON AFTER THE EVENT, UH, SLIDE.

RIGHT.

SO IN, IN DEVELOPING THE PLAN IN SO FAR AS WE HAD AN ORG CHART, THIS IS KIND OF IT, UM, IT, UH, SORT OF THE LEADERSHIP BODY WAS COMPOSED OF, UH, THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE OF FELLOW, UH, BOARDS AND COMMISSION, OR A FELLOW COMMISSION, A STEERING COMMITTEE COMPOSED OF, UH, SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS FROM THE COMMUNITY, COMMUNITY LEADERS, UM, FOLKS THAT SORT OF LIKE, UH, HAD A MORE STRATEGIC EYE TOWARDS THE PLANNING.

AND THEN THE CLIMATE ENVIRONMENT LEADERSHIP TEAM, UH, THAT WAS COMPOSED OF, UH, DIRECTORS FROM CITY DEPARTMENTS THAT FOCUS ON THAT KIND OF WORK.

AND THEN, UM, WE HAD FIVE GROUP FIVE ADVISORY GROUPS, UH, SOMEWHAT SELF-ORGANIZED, SOMEWHAT SUPPORTED BY OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY STAFF THAT ENDED UP, UH, SORTING INTO THESE SORT OF SUBJECT MATTER OR SUBJECT AREAS THAT ULTIMATELY WOULD BECOME THE, UH, SECTIONS OF THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, UH, THAT WE'LL GO INTO MORE HERE IN A LITTLE BIT.

BUT A COUPLE OF THINGS TO KIND OF, UH, HIGHLIGHT HERE IS WE HAD A PRETTY DIVERSE SET OF PARTICIPATION ACROSS THIS, UH, THIS ORG CHART.

UM, IN THE ADVISORY GROUPS, WE HAD A LOT OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS, JUST REGULAR FOLKS THAT EITHER REALLY CARED ABOUT IT, MAYBE HAD SOMETHING TO SAY, MAYBE HAD FELT THE EFFECTS THEMSELVES, AND WANTED TO PROVIDE SOME INPUT.

AND, UH, ACROSS THE BOARD, EVERYBODY THAT PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROCESS WENT THROUGH A MANDATORY EQUITY TRAINING TO REALLY, UM, CENTER THAT IN THEIR APPROACH TO PLANNING THE PLAN SLIDE.

UM, ON THE TOPIC OF KIND OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND, UH, ELEVATING COMMUNITY VOICES, WE DID HAVE THE FUNDS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLAN TO, UH, RUN A FIRST COHORT OF COMMUNITY CLIMATE AMBASSADORS, OUR FIRST COHORT EVER IN THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

SO THESE WERE JUST REGULAR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UM, THAT HAD AN INTEREST IN CLIMATE ACTION AND HOW, WHAT, WHAT WAS GONNA END UP BEING IN THE PLAN.

AND WE, WE DID FIND THE FUNDS TO, TO ACTUALLY PAY THEM FOR THEIR TIME, BUT THEIR TASK WAS REALLY TO GET OUT THERE IN THE COMMUNITY, TALK TO THE FOLKS THAT THEY KNOW THAT THEY INTERACTED WITH, ESPECIALLY COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT WERE TYPICALLY A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO REACH, MAYBE HADN'T ALWAYS BEEN LOOPED INTO PLANNING PROCESSES AND, YOU KNOW, GATHER THEIR, THEIR INPUT AND KIND OF SYNTHESIZE IT IN A WAY THAT WOULD BE USEFUL, UM, FOR SOME OF OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND GOING INTO THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

AND WHAT YOU SEE THERE IN THE VISUAL, UM,

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I GUESS ON YOUR LEFT, THERE ARE THE THEMES THAT THEY REALLY BUBBLED TO THE TOP IN THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND THEY WANTED TO ELEVATE WITH US.

AND SO WE, WE KEPT AN EYE ON ALL THAT IN DEVELOPING THE LANGUAGE FOR THE PLAN.

AND, AND A LOT OF THOSE THEMES, I MEAN, THEY'RE DIRECTLY IN THERE.

UM, THAT LANGUAGE IS IN THE PLAN SLIDE.

RIGHT.

UM, SO THIS, THIS IS REALLY JUST TO SHOW THAT, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF COMMUNITY VOICES HEARD.

THERE WERE OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF OTHER STAKEHOLDERS AT THE TABLE.

UM, FOLKS THAT A CLIMATE ACTION, THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN WOULD IMPACT.

UM, THEY WERE PART OF THOSE ADVISORY GROUPS AND THOSE, THE STEERING COMMITTEE, THE LEADERSHIP GROUPS AS WELL.

AND I THINK ALL IN ALL, WHEN WE ADD UP, YOU KNOW, THESE, THESE ORGANIZATIONS, THESE CBOS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AMBASSADORS, CITY STAFF, I THINK WHEN WE COUNTED UP THE NUMBERS, IT WAS SOMETHING LIKE OVER 200 PEOPLE THAT ENDED UP DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTING TO THE PLAN.

SO, UH, DEFINITELY A, A TEAM EFFORT, A GROUP EFFORT, UH, FOR EVERYTHING THAT WENT INTO IT SLIDE.

SO THAT'S A HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF HOW THE PLAN WAS DEVELOPED.

I THOUGHT I MIGHT PAUSE HERE FOR ONE QUESTION, JUST A QUICK QUESTION IF ANYBODY HAS IT SINCE I'VE KIND OF GOT THIS BROKEN INTO SECTIONS, OTHERWISE I CAN KEEP TRUCKING ON.

OKAY.

WE'LL KEEP MOVING UNLESS ACTUALLY I CAN'T SEE PEOPLE THAT ARE VIRTUAL .

OKAY.

RIGHT.

SO WHAT'S IN THE PLAN? UM, YOU KNOW, I NEED TO WORK WITH OUR GRAPHIC DESIGN FOLKS TO DEVELOP A VISUAL FOR THIS, BECAUSE I REALLY LIKE TO THINK OF THE PLAN AS KIND OF A, LIKE A TREE.

UM, THE NET ZERO BY 2040 TARGET IS SORT OF LIKE OUR TRUNK, KIND OF LIKE OUR, OUR SORT OF THE CORE, THE KERNEL, THE CORE OF THE PLAN.

UM, THE BIG BRANCHES THAT STEM FROM THAT ARE THE FIVE SECTIONS OF THE PLAN, UM, THAT ARE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS, TRANSPORTATION, ELECTRIFICATION, TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE, FOOD AND PRODUCT CONSUMPTION AND NATURAL SYSTEMS. UM, LATER ON IN THIS PRESENTATION, WE'LL GO INTO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS AND TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION, AS I THINK IT PERTAINS TO ALL THE MOST.

UM, BUT WE, BUT SORT OF ABOVE THOSE FIVE BRANCHES OF THE PLAN, I GUESS.

UM, WE'VE GOT 17 QUANTITATIVE GOALS, UM, THAT SORT OF LAY OUT HOW WE WOULD ACHIEVE EMISSION REDUCTIONS ON THE SCALE THAT WE'VE ESTIMATED, UM, BY 2030.

AND THEN I GUESS THE LEAVES, AS IT WERE, THAT LIVE UNDER, ABOVE THOSE GOALS ARE 75 STRATEGIES.

AND THAT'S REALLY WHERE THE EQUITY LIVES IN THE PLAN.

UH, THAT'S WHERE, UH, OUR ADVISORY GROUPS AND OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WERE ACTUALLY IN THERE HELPING US DRAFT LANGUAGE AND SORT OF, UH, CREATING A DOCUMENT THAT WAS, UH, YOU KNOW, A BEST CASE SCENARIO ROADMAP FOR THEM FOR HOW CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.

UM, YEAH, AND, YOU KNOW, I'VE TOUCHED ON THIS, UM, BEFORE, BUT EQUITY IS THROUGHOUT, PARTICULARLY IN THE STRATEGIES, UM, YOU KNOW, WHERE WE PRIORITIZE TARGETING, UH, LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, UH, JUST ADJUST, TRANSITION TO GREEN JOBS, AND THEN, UH, PRIORITIZING HEALTH AND OTHER CO-BENEFITS, UH, IN ADDITION TO CLIMATE ACTION MITIGATION SLIDE.

RIGHT? SO 17 GOALS, 75 STRATEGIES.

THERE'S A LOT IN THERE.

THIS VISUAL HERE IS SORT OF TO REPRESENT OR KIND OF LIKE HIGHLIGHT THE FACT THAT IN SOME CASES, THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN PULLS ON EXISTING GOALS AND STRATEGIES, PILLARS FROM OTHER CITY PLANS.

UM, IT SORT OF SITS AT THE CENTER OF THOSE THINGS AND TIES 'EM TOGETHER.

IN OTHER INSTANCES, WE'VE GOT NEW GOALS, NEW INFORMATION, SORT OF, UH, NEW PRIORITIES, UH, IN, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE THINK IS KIND OF LIKE AN AMBITIOUS ROADMAP FOR HOW CLIMATE ACTION WOULD LOOK IN AUSTIN OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS AND BEYOND.

UM, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WHAT THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN IS NOT IS A, UH, I GUESS REALLY PRESCRIPTIVE IMPLEMENTATION, UH, OUTLINE WITH, YOU KNOW, ACTION ITEMS, LIKE REALLY STRAIGHT TO ACTION ITEMS AND LIKE BUDGETS AND LIKE EXPENDITURES.

UM, IT, IT'S MORE OF A ROADMAP AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN DISCUSSING THIS SLIDE.

YEAH, SO I'D JUST LIKE TO SORT OF HIGHLIGHT, YOU KNOW, WE WERE PRETTY, THE AUSTIN CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, I THINK IS A, IS A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE DOCUMENT AND KIND OF LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT SORT OF WHERE WE SIT AMONG PEER CITIES AND SORT OF IN THE LANDSCAPE OF CLIMATE ACTION PLANS IN THE US.

UM, WE ARE ONE OF FOUR MAJOR US CITIES TO SET THE AMBITIOUS NET BY NET ZERO BY 2040 TARGET.

UH, OTHER TARGETS ARE FURTHER OUT THAN THAT.

UM, WE'RE ONE OF FIVE MAJOR CITIES TO PUT EQUITY AT THE CENTER OF CLIMATE INITIATIVES.

UM, YOU ALL ARE MORE THAN FAMILIAR WITH THIS, THAT, UH, AUSTIN ENERGY HAS THE GOAL OF REACHING A HUNDRED PERCENT CARBON FREE ELECTRICITY BY 2035, WHICH IS LIKE BLEEDING EDGE.

AND, AND I MEAN, Y'ALL CAN SPEAK MORE TO THIS THAN ME, BUT BLEEDING EDGE AND, UH, ELECTRIC UTILITIES ACROSS THE US AND, UM, KIND OF MORE IMPORTANT TO LOCAL, UH, GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN PARTICULAR, UH, EMISSIONS HAVE REDUCED 25% SINCE 2011, WHICH IS TRENDING DOWN, WHICH IS GREAT TO

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SEE.

UM, BUT KIND OF PERHAPS MORE IMPACTFUL IS AS AUSTIN HAS GROWN, JUST SORT OF, YOU KNOW, WE'VE ALL SEEN IT HAPPEN.

IT'S AUSTIN IS GROWING A LOT.

UM, WE'VE MANAGED TO DECREASE PER CAPITA EMISSIONS BY ABOUT A THIRD, DESPITE POPULATION INCREASING BY ABOUT A THIRD OVER THAT SAME TIMEFRAME.

SO, UH, THAT'S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR SURE.

AND, AND WHAT WE WANT TO SEE, UH, SLIDE, OKAY, SO THIS IS A LITTLE BIT ANALYSIS THAT WENT INTO THE PLAN.

UH, IF YOU PULL UP THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN DOCUMENT, YOU'LL FIND THIS IN THERE.

UM, THIS IS REALLY TO HIGHLIGHT THAT WHILE AMBITIOUS, UM, EVEN IF WE WERE TO IMPLEMENT ALL OF THE GOALS AND STRATEGIES FULLY IN THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, WE WOULD, BASED ON THE ANALYSIS THAT THAT WE DID, WE WOULD STILL NOT MEET OUR NET ZERO BY 2040 TARGET THAT JUST GOT, KIND OF GOES TO SHOW YOU HOW AMBITIOUS THAT, UH, THAT TARGET IS.

UM, SO THE LIGHT GRAY AREA THERE IS LIKE EMISSIONS REMAINING AFTER WE'RE IMPLEMENTING DIFFERENT PORTIONS OF THE PLAN.

UH, SO THIS REALLY HIGHLIGHTS THAT, YOU KNOW, DESPITE THE GOOD PLAN THAT WE HAVE, AND AS AMBITIOUS AS IT IS, THERE'S STILL, UH, IMPORTANT WORK TO BE DONE AND, AND SORT OF A GAP TO BE FILLED THERE, UH, MOVING FORWARD.

SLIDE, RIGHT? SO I'LL GO JUST KIND OF QUICKLY ON A HIGH LEVEL INTO, UH, THE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING SECTION FIRST AND THEN THE TRANSPORTATION ELECT ELECTRIFICATION, UH, SECTION OF THE PLAN.

I THINK THOSE ARE THE MOST RELEVANT TO Y'ALL HERE.

UM, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF, THERE'S MULTIPLE STRATEGIES OR MULTIPLE GOALS IN EACH SECTION, AND THEN MULTIPLE STRATEGIES UNDERNEATH EACH GOAL.

YOU KNOW, I WON'T BORE EVERYBODY WITH READING THROUGH THEM ALL HERE.

I ENCOURAGE Y'ALL TO GO AND READ THE PLAN AND DIG DEEP, DIG DEEPER INTO IT, AND FOLLOW UP WITH QUESTIONS, EMAILS, WHATEVER, UH, AS, AS YOU LIKE.

BUT, UH, WE'LL JUST DO A QUICK OVERVIEW REAL QUICK OF, UH, SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS.

SO, UH, SLIDE, RIGHT? SO THESE FOUR GOALS, UH, ARE WHAT WE HAVE IN THAT SECTION OF THE PLAN.

UH, THEY'RE TO BE ACHIEVED, YOU KNOW, IN AN IDEAL SITUATION BY 2030.

GOAL ONE FOCUSES ON, UH, ACHIEVING NET ZERO CARBON, UH, BUILDINGS FOR ALL NEW BUILDINGS BY 2030, UH, THROUGH DECARBONIZATION AND ELECTRIFICATION.

UM, GOAL TWO FOCUSES ON REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM REFRIGERANT LEAKAGE, WHICH IS A BIG SORT OF ROGUE SOURCE, UH, THAT IS OFTEN UNACCOUNTED FOR.

GOAL THREE, UH, FOCUSES ON REDUCING EMBODIED CARBON IN, UH, BUILDING MATERIALS.

SO THAT'S STEEL, CONCRETE, GLASS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

UM, AND GOAL FOUR FOCUSES ON, UH, EQUITABLY ACHIEVING, UH, FURTHER WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES, UH, THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

AND, UM, THOSE BULLET POINTS ARE SORT OF REPRESENTATIVE, CALL THEM TITLES OF OUR STRATEGIES, BUT EACH ONE OF THOSE BULLET POINTS HAS PLENTY OF TEXT UNDERNEATH IT THAT REALLY, UH, SORT OF DESCRIBES IN DETAIL KIND OF HOW WE'LL GET THERE FOR EACH ONE OF THOSE STRATEGIES IN THE FULL TEXT OF THE PLAN.

SO, AGAIN, ENCOURAGE Y'ALL TO GO CHECK THAT OUT.

UH, SLIDE RIGHT.

SO ONTO TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION SLIDE.

SO IN THE TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION SECTION OF THE PLAN, THERE ARE THREE GOALS TO BE ACHIEVED BY 2030.

UM, THE FIRST ONE TARGETS 40% OF ALL VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED BY ELECTRIC VEHICLES, UH, IN AUSTIN BY 2030.

UM, THE SECOND GOAL, UH, IS MORE FOCUSED ON CREATING THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT 40% MTS BY 2030.

AND THE THIRD GOAL IS ABOUT, UH, CREATING, UM, MORE OF SORT OF A REGIONAL COALITION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND, UH, ELECTRIFICATION OF AN EMERGING INDUSTRY, UH, OF EVS, UH, THROUGHOUT THE REGION BY 2030 AS WELL.

UH, SLIDE, UH, I'LL PAUSE THERE AGAIN FOR A QUICK QUESTION IF ANYBODY HAS ONE.

UM, AND OTHERWISE WE'LL, WE'LL FORGE ONTO THE FINAL PORTION OF THE, THE SLIDES.

OKAY.

SLIDE.

RIGHT.

SO STATUS UPDATE OF HOW WE'RE DOING, UM, FOCUSING ON THE, THE BIG TARGET FIRST, THE NET ZERO BY 2040 TARGET.

UM, WE'VE BEEN DOING A COMMUNITY WIDE GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY AT, FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN ACROSS THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, UH, SINCE 2010.

UM, YOU'LL NOTE THAT BY OUR ESTIMATION EMISSIONS PEAKED IN 2011 AND HAVE BEEN TRENDING DOWN EVER SINCE THEN.

UH, IT'S KIND OF AN INTERESTING, UH, DATA POINT.

YOU CAN CERTAINLY SEE THE COVID DIP, UH, DURING LOCKDOWN IN 2020.

UM, BUT YOU CAN ALSO SEE THAT VERY QUICKLY AFTER THAT, UH, EMISSIONS REBOUNDED.

THEY, THEY ARE CONTINUING TO DECLINE.

BUT AS OF 2022, UM, YOU KNOW, BASED ON MY ANALYSIS AND, AND

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CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER FOLKS THAT KIND OF WORK IN THIS, UM, THIS AREA, UH, ACTIVITY AND BEHAVIORS SORT OF BACK TO NORMAL IN 2022, SORT OF BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL.

SO WE'VE REBOUNDED AS IT WERE.

UM, SLIDE.

SO THIS IS THAT SAME FIGURE JUST BROKEN OUT BY SECTOR.

UM, I, I'LL JUST REAL QUICKLY GO ONE BY ONE, LEFT TO RIGHT.

WE COMBINE ENERGY AND BUILDINGS INTO SORT OF LIKE ONE VERTICAL BAR THERE.

UM, THAT'S BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, A, IT IS TRADITIONALLY ONE OF THE LARGEST SOURCES OF EMISSIONS FOR US.

AND, UH, OFTENTIMES MITIGATION STRATEGIES SORT OF ALIGN, UH, CAN ALIGN OR BE COMPLIMENTARY WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS.

AN IMPORTANT THING TO, TO NOTE THERE IS THAT EMISSIONS FROM ELECTRICITY CONTINUE TO GO DOWN AGGRESSIVELY AND RAPIDLY.

THAT'S THANKS TO AUSTIN ENERGY'S DECARBONIZATION EFFORTS.

BUT, UM, BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT WE RECEIVE AND, AND THAT WE USE, EMISSIONS FROM NATURAL GAS ARE ACTUALLY ON THE RISE, UM, ONTO TRANSPORTATION.

UH, YOU CAN SEE THAT TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN RELATIVELY STEADY, UH, KIND OF TRENDING UPWARD WITH POPULATION AND THEREFORE CARS ON THE ROAD, BIG DIP DURING COVID.

UM, THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE WERE SEEING ON THAT LAST FIGURE.

AND, UH, AS OF 20 21, 20 22, THOSE, THOSE EMISSIONS HAVE BOUNCED BACK.

THAT ACTIVITY HAS BOUNCE BOUNCED BACK, BUT NOT QUITE TO THE LEVELS THAT IT WAS BEFORE.

UM, I THINK, YOU KNOW, MORE FOLKS ARE HYBRID, WORKING, WORKING FROM HOME IN A MORE FLEXIBLE WORK SITUATION.

SO IT'S, IT'S GOOD TO SEE THAT AND THE POTENTIAL MAGNITUDE OF, UH, IMPACT THAT, THAT KIND OF THING COULD HAVE.

UM, IN INDUSTRIAL SECTOR, UH, WE'RE ALL PROBABLY AWARE OF THIS, UH, SOUNDS LIKE AT LEAST ONE OF OUR COMMISSIONERS FOR SURE IS.

BUT AUSTIN IS HOME TO SOME OF THE LARGEST SEMICONDUCTOR FABRICATION FACILITIES IN THE COUNTRY.

I THINK THE SAMSUNG FACILITY HERE MIGHT BE THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY IN TERMS OF OUTPUT.

UM, AND IT, IT'S THOSE INDUSTRIES AND, AND IN SOME CASES, UM, LIKE CEMENT AND MASON REMANUFACTURING THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THAT SECTOR, THOSE ARE RELATIVELY STABLE.

UM, DESPITE SORT OF LIKE SOME ANNUAL FLUCTUATIONS, UM, WE CAPTURE REFRIGERANTS, UH, AT A COMMUNITY-WIDE SCALE, UH, WHICH IS SOMEWHAT UNIQUE IN THIS SPACE.

NOT A LOT OF OTHER CITIES, UH, LEADING CITIES LIKE US DO THAT.

UH, IT'S, IT'S AN AREA THAT WE'D LIKE TO EXPLORE FURTHER AND GET MORE DETAILED ON, BUT IT'S, IT'S GOOD TO AT LEAST HAVE IT IN THERE, TO HAVE AN EYE ON IT.

AND THEN WASTE EMISSIONS ARE MOSTLY FROM SOLID WASTE AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND THE BYPRODUCTS OF THAT, AND DESPITE SOME FLUCTUATIONS THERE, THOSE ARE RELATIVELY STABLE AS WELL.

UH, SLIDE.

UH, SO THIS IS JUST OUR MOST RECENT YEAR, 2022.

UM, JUST SHOWING THIS ONE TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, IF YOU ADD NATURAL GAS AND ELECTRICITY TOGETHER, THAT'S 40% OF THE PIE, UH, SENSIBLY OUR LARGEST SECTOR, BUT ELECTRICITY IS QUICKLY DECARBONIZING.

AND SO IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT TRANSPORTATION WILL SOON BE OUR LARGEST SOURCE OF EMISSIONS, UH, IN THE AUSTIN AREA, UM, IN THE NEXT, YOU KNOW, FIVE-ISH YEARS.

CALL IT, UH, SLIDE, RIGHT? SO I MENTIONED, UH, COMMUNITY CLIMATE AMBASSADORS, COHORT ONE, UM, IN SORT OF THE, THE, THE PREVIOUS SECTION.

UM, SINCE THEN, WE HAVE ACTUALLY HAD A SECOND COHORT OF COMMUNITY CLIMATE AMBASSADORS.

UH, THAT GROUP PIVOTED FROM FOCUSING ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND INPUT, ALTHOUGH THEY DID PLENTY OF THAT TO MORE, UM, COMMUNITY IMPACT AND ACTION THROUGH AMBASSADOR LED PROJECTS.

UM, THESE FOLKS DID SOME REALLY GREAT WORK.

THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT WHAT THEY DO, AND, UM, AND, AND I DUNNO, WE, WE WERE JUST REALLY IMPRESSED WITH, WITH EVERYTHING THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO, UH, ACHIEVE.

UM, I'VE GOT SOME LINKS EMBEDDED HERE ON THE SLIDE, SO COMMISSIONERS AND WHOEVER'S INTERESTED, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO CLICK THROUGH AND LEARN MORE ABOUT 'EM.

BUT JUST, UH, SUPER, SUPER QUICK HIGHLIGHTS ARE, UH, UH, REALLY, UH, I THINK IMPORTANT, IMPACTFUL VIDEO ON, UH, ORGANIZING FOR RENTER'S RIGHTS IN THE AUSTIN AREA.

UM, THERE WERE EVENTS AND PUBLICATIONS AND SHOWCASES ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOW IT IMPACTS SOME OF OUR MORE VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES THAT, THAT I WAS MENTIONING BEFORE THAT OFTEN HAVEN'T FELT LIKE THEIR VOICE HAS BEEN HEARD IN THE PLANNING PROCESS AND IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS.

SO A LOT OF FOCUS ON THAT.

UM, ANOTHER GROUP DID SOME WORK TO RAISE, UH, RESILIENCE AND PREPAREDNESS AWARENESS, INCLUDING TRANS, UH, TRANSLATING OUR NEIGHBORHOOD PREPAREDNESS GUIDE INTO SPANISH.

AND THEN PLENTY OF PLENTY OF OTHER THINGS AS WELL.

DEFINITELY GO AND, AND CLICK THROUGH TO LEARN MORE.

UH, SLIDE.

UH, SO IT, IT CAME UP EARLIER, BUT, UM, THERE'S A LOT IN THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, THE NET ZERO BY 20 40 17 GOALS, 75 STRATEGIES.

UM, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT SURE IF EVERYBODY WANTS TO SEE HERE, SIT HERE AND, UH, LISTEN TO ME GIVE UPDATES ON ALL OF IT.

BUT LUCKILY WE DO HAVE A WEBPAGE THAT TRACKS PROGRESS.

UM, WE'VE COLLECTED, UH, YOU'LL RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE FIGURES THAT I'VE SHOWN HERE, SOME METRICS

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AND THINGS, BUT WE'VE ALSO COLLECTED LANGUAGE AND NARRATIVE FROM PARTNERS, BOTH WITHIN THE CITY AND EXTERNAL PARTNERS ON THE WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING THAT SUPPORTS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CLIMATE PLAN.

AND THERE'S MORE DETAIL THAN AS MUCH DETAIL AS YOU COULD EVER WANT, UH, AT THIS, UH, LINK HERE.

SO I ENCOURAGE Y'ALL TO GO CHECK THAT OUT AS WELL AND KIND OF DRILL DOWN IF YOU'RE INTERESTED.

UH, SLIDE, RIGHT? SO A LITTLE, LITTLE BONUS SLIDE ON WHAT'S NEXT.

UM, SO WE HAD CLIMATE AMBASSADORS ONE AND TWO, AND VERSION THREE IS GONNA BE, IS GONNA CONTINUE OUR FOCUS ON COMMUNITY IMPACT THROUGH A NEW FOOD CLIMATE AND RESILIENCE MINI GRANT PROGRAM THAT WE'RE LAUNCHING THIS YEAR.

UH, SO KEEP AN EAR OUT FOR THAT.

UM, WE'RE ALSO DOING A LOT OF WORK, UH, TO COORDINATE, UM, CITY OF AUSTIN WIDE, AND THEN ALSO WORKING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO PURSUE ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE FLOWING FROM, UH, FEDERAL FUNDING, INFLATION REDUCTION ACT, BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW, UH, ALL OF THE ABOVE.

UM, SO THAT INCLUDES WORKING WITH A CONSULTANT ON GRANT APPLICATIONS, UH, PURSUING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANTS, UM, WORK, UH, APPLYING FOR AT LEAST TWO, UH, CLIMATE POLLUTION REDUCTION GRANT PROGRAMS. WE ACTUALLY JUST SUBMITTED THE PRIORITY CLIMATE ACTION PLAN, OUR FIRST EVER REGIONAL CLIMATE ACTION PLAN.

UM, WE'RE, UH, WORKING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND A CONSULTANT TO, UH, SOME COMMUNITY CHANGE GRANTS AS WELL.

AND THAT'S A, UH, THAT'LL BE A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS BETWEEN CBOS AND CITY DEPARTMENTS.

AND THEN, UH, WE'RE ALSO LEANING INTO THE CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT TAX CREDITS.

IT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT TAX EXEMPT ENTITIES LIKE THE CITY OF AUSTIN WILL EVER BE ELIGIBLE FOR THOSE CREDITS.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE WANNA TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AS WELL.

UM, MORE RECENTLY, UH, SOMETHING THAT'S KIND OF LIKE, UH, COME ON, EVERYBODY'S RADAR IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTMENT FUND, UH, RESOLUTION THAT WAS ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL, UH, LAST MONTH IN FEBRUARY.

AND, UH, IN THAT RESOLUTION, WE'RE CHARGED WITH IDENTIFYING PROJECTS THAT NEED FUNDING TO MEET THE CITY'S GOALS, NOT JUST IN THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, BUT IN A LAUNDRY LIST OF OTHER PLANS THAT TOUCH ON ENVIRONMENT SUSTAINABILITY, UM, BOTH IN THE CITY AND ACROSS THE COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS RESILIENCE AND WATER CONSERVATION, UH, UH, A WHOLE HOST OF THINGS.

AND SO THE, THE NEAR TERM ROADMAP THERE, UM, IS FOR THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE, UH, TO DRAFT SOME PUBLIC OR TO COLLECT SOME PUBLIC RECOMMENDATIONS AND DRAFT SOME RECOMMENDATIONS OF THEIR OWN IN MARCH AND APRIL.

AND THEN, UM, FOR, IN, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE JSC FOR CITY STAFF, TO PROVIDE A PRIORITIZED LIST OF PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, INVESTMENTS THAT REDUCE EO TWO EMISSIONS, CONSERVE AND PROTECT WATER RESOURCES, IMPROVE RESILIENCE AND SUPPORT, UH, CITY, UH, SUSTAINABILITY WITH OPTIONS FOR FUNDING.

SO THAT'S COMING SOON.

I THINK THAT'S ALL THAT I HAVE.

SLIDE.

YEAH.

UM, HOW'D I DO ON TIME THERE? PAUL? .

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

UH, I'M SURE, UH, SEVERAL COMMISSIONERS HAVE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS.

UH, AS A COURTESY, I'D LIKE COMMISSIONER, UH, COMMISSIONERS DAVIS AND JOHNSON, UH, TO GO FIRST IF THEY HAVE THEM, SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN INTEGRALLY INVOLVED IN SHEPHERDING THIS.

UH, UM, THANK YOU CHAIR ROBBINS, AND THANK YOU, UM, PHILIP FOR THAT.

UH, APPRECIATE IT.

I'M NOT, I'M NOT GONNA ASK ANY QUESTIONS.

I'M GONNA DEFER TO MY COMMISSIONERS, UM, FELLOW COMMISSIONERS.

BUT, UM, THANK YOU FOR THIS.

AND I ALSO JUST DO WANT TO SAY THAT THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTMENT PLAN, UM, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE NEXT WEDNESDAY, THE 27TH, 6:00 PM AT CITY HALL.

UM, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO, TO HAVE AS MUCH INPUT AS WE CAN FROM, UM, FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY, UH, ON WHAT'S A FUN.

SO THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER JOHNSON.

YEAH, THANKS FOR BRINGING THIS UP.

UM, AND, UH, AND REALLY, UH, COMMISSIONER DAVIS FOR SHEPHERDING IT.

I WAS REALLY JUST THE CO-SPONSOR.

I DIDN'T DO MUCH DO, DO, DO THE WORK SHE DID.

UM, I, I DON'T HAVE A QUESTION, BUT I DO WANNA, OR MAYBE THIS IS A QUESTION, BUT, UM, IT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE FROM THE SLIDE OF, UH, EMISSIONS AND THE, THE TRAJECTORY, UH, WITH THE, WITH THE STEEPER CURVE FROM THE, THAT THAT REPRESENTS THE GOAL TO GO NET ZERO BY 2040 AND NET NEGATIVE AFTERWARD, IT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE WE'RE BE, WE'RE BEHIND ON REDUCING OUR EMISSIONS.

SO I WANTED TO SEE IF, UH, DO YOU, IS THAT WHAT YOUR DATA IS EXPLICITLY SHOWING? OR, OR IF YOU COULD COMMENT ON THAT? YEAH,

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THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

UM, I GUESS, YOU KNOW, W FIRST THING IS THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, THE, THE GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY, THAT'S, THAT'S PART OF MY JOB.

AND SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I ASSEMBLE.

UM, AND IT IS, I STAND BEHIND IT.

IT IS A GREAT WORK, BUT THERE'S, IT IS ALSO SORT OF INHERENTLY IMPRECISE BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH AGGREGATE NUMBERS AT A LARGE COMMUNITY SCALE, THERE'S, YOU KNOW, THERE'S GONNA BE SOME MARGIN FAIR IN THERE, BUT IT'S GENERALLY, IT DOES SHOW OUR TRENDS.

UM, I GUESS I WOULD SAY IT'S ENCOURAGING TO ME THAT WE ARE TRENDING DOWN.

UM, PERHAPS WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT TRENDING DOWN FASTER.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT WE'RE PULLING A LOT OF LEVERS, THE LEVERS THAT WE HAVE TO PULL, UM, THROUGH LIKE DECARBONIZATION OF OUR ELECTRICITY AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

WE'RE PULLING THOSE.

THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE KIND OF MORE PRODUCTS OF MARKET FORCES AND COMMUNITY WIDE IMPACTS AND THINGS THAT ARE A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO ACHIEVE.

UM, BUT, UM, CERTAINLY WE'RE PURSUING THAT AS MUCH AS WE CAN THROUGH LIKE OUR REGIONAL COLLABORATIONS AND, AND, UH, ALL OF THOSE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES THAT I MENTIONED.

UM, BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THAT PICTURE WILL PERHAPS COME BECOME A LITTLE BIT CLEARER OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

UM, SHANE, YEAH, THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTION.

THANKS.

AND, AND GOOD TO SEE YOU, PHIL.

YEAH, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

UM, AND, UH, YEAH, NO OTHER QUESTIONS.

UH, COMMISSIONER KARA GOTTI HAS HER HAND UP IN CASE Y'ALL DIDN'T SEE ON THE SCREEN.

UH, GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

UM, COMMISSIONER CARTI HERE.

UH, I JUST HAD A QUESTION.

UH, JUST CURIOUS.

I WAS TRYING TO LOOK IT UP, BUT I DIDN'T GET TO IT IN TIME.

UM, SINCE THIS DEPARTMENT HAS STARTED, WHAT KIND OF, UM, HAVE YOU SEEN LIKE SIGNIFICANT, UH, IMPROVEMENTS I GUESS IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE OR, UH, POSITIVE MOVEMENT TOWARDS POLLUTION REDUCTION, UM, AT KIND OF, UH, AT WHAT SCALE? SORT OF LIKE ACROSS THE COUNTRY STATE, AUSTIN, WITHIN THE CITY ORGANIZATION? ALL OF THE ABOVE.

, JUST WITH THE CITY ORGANIZATION.

'CAUSE THAT'S WHERE YOU'RE AT, RIGHT? YOU'RE WITH THE CITY? YEAH, YEAH.

SO I'M JUST LOOKING AT THE CITY.

YEAH.

YEAH.

I MEAN, SO I GUESS I SHOULD, I SHOULD START BY SAYING I'VE ONLY BEEN WITH THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY, UH, FOR THREE YEARS.

SO THERE IS A, UM, THERE'S A, HIS A LONG HISTORY BEFORE I ARRIVED HERE THAT I, I CAN'T NECESSARILY SPEAK TO.

UM, I THINK THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY WAS FOUNDED IN 2010.

UM, AND I MEAN, I GUESS I CAN SAY FROM, FROM MY EXPERIENCE THAT PARTNERS WITHIN THE CITY ARE PRETTY GREAT TO WORK WITH AND ARE GENERALLY LIKE DOING GOOD WORK AND WANTING TO DO GOOD WORK.

UH, AND THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF ENTHUSIASM IN THAT SPACE.

IT WOULD BE MY, MY PERSONAL ASSESSMENT.

YEAH.

BUT, UH, MAYBE I'M NOT MAKING MYSELF CLEAR.

I MEAN, WITH DATA, LIKE IS POLLUTION, IS, IS IT DECREASING, IS IT INCREASING? IS IT KIND OF STAYING THE SAME, UM, WITHIN THE CITY? WITHIN, SO WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN ORGANIZATION? YEAH.

I MEAN THAT, I, I DIDN'T SHOW THAT, BUT WE ALSO DO, UH, THE SAME SORT OF CARBON FOOTPRINT WORK FOR THE CITY.

AND OUR EMISSIONS AS AN ORGANIZATION HAVE, UH, DECLINED CONSIDERABLY SINCE WE STARTED MEASURING IT IN 2010.

SOMETHING LIKE, DON'T HOLD ME TO THIS, BUT I'M GONNA, I WANT TO SAY THAT WE ARE AT 20% EMISSIONS TODAY THAT WE WERE IN 2010 AS A CITY ORGANIZATION.

SO A LOT OF PROGRESS TO BE MADE THERE.

OKAY.

YEAH.

UM, OKAY.

IF YOU, IF YOU SHOOT ME AN EMAIL, I CAN FOLLOW YOU, FOLLOW UP WITH A PUBLIC DASHBOARD THAT SHOWS ALL THAT AS WELL.

YEAH, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

YEAH.

AND THEN JUST ON TOP OF THAT, UM, 'CAUSE IT KIND OF GOES WITH IT THAT THIS QUESTION, UM, YOU KNOW, SINCE THE, THIS NEW BILL HAS PASSED THAT NON-ATTAINMENT AREAS, UM, ARE THE ONLY AREAS THAT ARE REQUIRED TO GET AN AUTOMOBILE EMISSIONS TEST, DID Y'ALL HAVE A VOICE IN THAT AT ALL? WERE Y'ALL ABLE TO VOICE OR SAY ANYTHING TO, UM, THE GOVERNOR ABOUT HOW THIS WILL AFFECT EVERYONE? UM, YEAH, SO WE HAVE A STAFFER IN THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY THAT FOCUSES ON AIR QUALITY.

UM, AND IM MORTAL, UM, OUR REAL SORT OF, UH, POINT OF, OF SORT OF LIKE INPUT IS THROUGH THE CLEAN AIR COALITION, WHICH SOME OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ATTEND.

AND THEN ALSO THROUGH LIKE OUR REGIONAL PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS, CAMPO AND CAP COG, UH, I GUESS I, SO AS IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT I, UH, LIKE REGULARLY KIND OF LIKE DIP MY TOE IN.

I CAN'T NECESSARILY SPEAK TO LIKE HOW THAT INPUT FILTERED UP TO THE STATE LEVEL, BUT, UM, THERE MAY BE SOME FOLKS AT THOSE ORGANIZATIONS WE COULD CHECK WITH ON THAT.

I, I GUESS, I'M NOT SURE, I CAN'T GIVE YOU A, A SOLID ANSWER ON THAT ONE.

SORRY.

OKAY.

IT WOULD JUST BE NICE TO, TO HEAR THAT, YOU KNOW, THE OFFICE OF

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SUSTAINABILITY DID HAVE A VOICE IN THAT JUST BECAUSE IT, IT, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, AIR MOVES, IT DOESN'T JUST STAY IN ONE AREA.

SO YEAH, IT'S DEFINITELY GOING TO AFFECT, UM, EVEN THE NON-ATTAINMENT AREAS.

RIGHT, RIGHT, RIGHT.

YEAH, I MEAN, I I WOULD SAY WE ARE CERTAINLY ENGAGED AND VERY ENGAGED IN THAT TOPIC AND CARE ABOUT IT AND, AND, UH, IN SO FAR AS WE ARE ABLE TO SORT OF AFFECT THE OUTCOME WE ARE DOING THAT IT IS YEAH, ABSOLUTELY A PRIORITY FOR US.

YEAH.

AWESOME.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD TO HEAR.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, THANK YOU COMMISSIONER.

UH, COMMISSIONER , COMMISSIONER TI UH, YES, THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU PHILLIP, FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I WAS WONDERING IF YOU CAN HIGHLIGHT WHAT, UM, WHAT IS IN THE PLAN WITH RESPECT TO LIKE REDUCING DIRECT BURNING OF NATURAL GAS? YEAH.

UM, LIKE IN BUILDINGS, FOR EXAMPLE.

YEAH, I ASSUME THAT ENTIRE BAR IS, IS HEATING.

UM, MOSTLY NOT, NOT ENTIRELY.

UM, SPACE HEATING, WATER HEATING, UM, OH, SURE.

YEAH.

THERE ARE SOME OTHER SORT OF LIKE APPLICATIONS FOR NATURAL GAS, LIKE IN, IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

UH, COULD, COULD I JUST, UH, JUMP IN? I KNOW A TINY BIT ABOUT THIS.

UM, THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR, UH, IS ALL ABOUT HEATING.

UH, THEN THERE'S, UH, AND THAT'S ABOUT A THIRD OF NATURAL GAS USE.

AND THEN ABOUT A THIRD OF IT IS UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND THEIR HUGE CO-GENERATION SYSTEM, UH, COMBINED HEAT AND POWER.

AND THEN A THIRD OF IT IS COMMERCIAL, WHICH IS EVERYTHING FROM RESTAURANTS ALL THE WAY UP TO, UM, INDUSTRIES.

RIGHT.

I ASSUME, I ASSUME FOR THE PURPOSES OF YOUR ACCOUNTING, PLEASE CORRECT.

THIS IS, IF THIS IS WRONG, THE NATURAL GAS BAR AND ALL THE CHARTS YOU'RE SHOWING WAS ABOUT DIRECT BIRDING, NOT GENERATION.

UM, PAUL'S GOT IT RIGHT.

ACTUALLY THE AUSTIN OR THE, UH, UT POWER PLANT IS, IS INCLUDED IN THAT BAR.

UM, SO THAT'S ELECTRICITY, BUT IT'S NOT IN THE ELECTRICITY BUCKET.

IT'S CO-GENERATION.

YEAH.

AND GIVEN THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF DISCUSSION AROUND SORT OF WHICH BUCKET TO INCLUDE THAT IN, UM, IT'S KIND OF ALWAYS BEEN PUT IN THE NATURAL GAS BUCKET.

WE KNOW THE FUEL THAT THEY USE, WE KNOW THE QUANTITY AT WHICH THEY USE IT, AND IT IS, IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO TEASE APART HOW MUCH OF THAT GOES TO ELECTRICITY VERSUS HOW MUCH OF THAT GOES TO CODE GENERATION AND LIKE DISTRICT ENERGY, HEAT, AND POWER.

UM, SO WE DECIDED TO KIND OF KEEP IT SIMPLE FOR COMMUNICATION PURPOSES AND INCLUDE IT IN THAT BUCKET.

THE OTHER TWO THIRDS THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THERE, PAUL RESIDENTIAL YEAH, A LOT OF, UH, SPACE AND WATER HEATING.

A VERY, VERY SMALL PORTION OF THAT IS GOING TO COOKING AND RESIDENTIAL.

AND IN COMMERCIAL, THE LION'S SHARE IS ALSO GONNA BE SPACE AND WATER HEATING.

THERE IS A LOT OF LIKE COOKING THAT'S FROM NATURAL GAS AND COMMERCIAL SECTOR, BUT STILL MORE OF IT'S GONNA GO TOWARDS SPACE AND WATER HEATING THERE.

BUT YOU ALSO HAVE INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES YEAH.

AND INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES.

YEAH.

YEAH, YEAH.

YEAH.

SURE.

I THINK THE QUESTION IS, YEAH, INTERESTING SIDE NOTE, BUT I THINK THE QUESTION YEAH.

STILL, CAN YOU COMMENT ON LIKE WHAT IS IN THE PLAN THAT IT'S LIKE WHAT'S THE, WHAT IS THIS PLAN'S POSITION ON REDUCING YEAH.

DIRECT BURNING.

SO THAT'S IT, IT IS, IT, IT'S COMPREHENSIVE ACROSS NATURAL GAS.

SO LIKE IF NATURAL GAS IS LEADING TO EMISSIONS, OUR IT'S GOAL ONE OF THE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING SECTION, UM, THE TARGET IS TO REDUCE THAT BY 30% BY 2030.

SO THAT IS, THAT IS WHAT THE, THE PLAN CALLS OUT FROM A OUR 2019 BASELINE YEAR.

AND IF THE ANSWER IS JUST GO READ THE PLAN, WHICH I WOULD HAPPILY DO, THAT'S TOTALLY FINE.

BUT, UM, IT'S A PAGE DARNER.

WHAT, WHAT'S THE HIGHLIGHT ON, ON HOW TO GET TO THE 30%? LIKE ARE THERE, IS THERE ANYTHING REALLY BIG WORTH MENTIONING? YEAH.

UM, YOU KNOW, THERE'S CONSERVATION, THERE'S EFFICIENCY, UM, LIKE REDUCED CONSUMPTION BEYOND THAT.

I, YOU KNOW, I SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT SORT OF THE LEVERS THAT WE HAVE TO PULL AT THE CITY AND THE LEVERS THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO PULL AT THE CITY.

UM, I THINK BEYOND THAT, IT'S PROBABLY A QUESTION BEST ASKED OF THE NATURAL GAS COMPANIES THEMSELVES.

YEAH.

GOOD LUCK ON THAT.

UM, I, I'M, I, I JUST, I GUESS I JUST, I CAN'T SPEAK FOR THEM.

RIGHT.

UM, I'M SORRY, MY CYNICISM IS OFFICIAL AND I HAVE BEEN OUTSPOKEN, UH, AS A CRITIC OF, UH, THE MAIN GAS COMPANY HERE.

UM, BUT PLEASE PROCEED.

'CAUSE UH, I, I, I WANT ALL COMMISSIONERS TO GO BEFORE ME.

UH, I THINK I, I, YEAH, LINE OF QUESTIONING CONCLUDED I, I'LL READ THE PLAN AND IN THIS SECTION IT'S JUST AN, AN AREA OF INTEREST.

YEAH.

I THINK IT'S GETS A LITTLE BIT UNDERSERVED IN TERMS OF LIKE THOUGHT AND PLANNING OF THE

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REDUCED, LIKE ACTIONABLE, YOU KNOW, PLAN TO REDUCE DIRECT BURNING OF NATURAL GAS, ESPECIALLY IN SPACE HEATING.

YEAH.

YEAH.

AND FEEL FREE TO FOLLOW UP WITH AN EMAIL OR WHATEVER, BUT APPRECIATE YOUR QUESTIONS ON THAT.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, COMMISSIONER, FARMER , PROBABLY NOT.

UH, CAN, CAN YOU JUST FOLLOW UP ON, UH, THAT LINE OF QUESTIONING, SO LIKE THE BUILDING'S GOAL IS NET ZERO BY 2030, BUT THEN IT'S ONLY A 30% REDUCTION OF NATURAL GAS.

SO DOES THAT MEAN THAT THERE WILL BE BUILDINGS NEED TO PRODUCE AN EXTRA, YOU KNOW, MAKE UP FOR THAT 70% OF NATURAL GAS BURNING? LIKE HOW DOES THAT RIGHT.

UM, FLUSH OUT? SO THAT GOAL, LET ME PULL IT UP HERE ON MY LAPTOP.

THAT THAT GOAL IS A LITTLE BIT OF A, UM, SORT OF A MULTI-PART GOAL.

UH, SO IT'S ACHIEVE NET ZERO CARBON FOR ALL NEW BUILDINGS BY 2030 AND REDUCE EMISSIONS BY 25% FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS WHILE LOWERING ALL NATURAL GAS RELATED EMISSIONS BY 30%.

AND SO ALL OF THAT, IT'S SORT OF, THERE'S SOME OVERLAP AND SOME STACKING AND ALL OF THEM ARE FOR 2030, BUT THAT, THAT ASSUMES THAT THERE'S, I'M ASSUMING THERE'S GONNA BE NATURAL GAS IN NEW BUILDINGS.

I WOULD ASSUME THEY'RE BETWEEN NOW AND 2030.

YEAH, I WOULD ALSO ASSUME THAT, YEAH.

OKAY.

SO I, I DON'T KNOW, I JUST, I'M CURIOUS LIKE HOW THAT, HOW, LIKE HOW DO YOU GET TO NET ZERO WHILE ONLY GETTING TO 30% REDUCTION? YEAH, I MEAN, I THINK, AGAIN, FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, FROM OUR VANTAGE POINT HERE IN THE CITY, UH, WE SORT OF HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO AND THE, THE STUFF THAT WE HAVE DIRECT OR INDIRECT, UH, CONTROL OVER, RIGHT? AND SO, YEAH, THAT, THAT IS THAT.

SO FOR, FOR BUILDINGS, THAT'S WHERE WE FOCUS, UM, WITH OUR PARTNERS.

YEAH.

ALRIGHT, THANKS.

I APPRECIATE US, YOU LETTING US, UH, GRILL YOU A LITTLE BIT ON THIS.

THANKS, TROY.

OTHER, OTHER COMMISSIONERS AND, AND FUTURE COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, COMMISSIONER, UH, SILVERSTEIN, COMMISSIONER GARY, DO YOU HAVE, UH, ANY, UH, QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? I'M GOOD, THANK YOU.

NO QUESTIONS.

JUST WANNA THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, COMMISSIONER FARMER, UM, WHEN WILL WE HAVE THE 2023 DATA? USUALLY THERE'S, UH, THIS IS A PAIN POINT FOR ME TOO, SO I DON'T LOVE IT EITHER.

USUALLY THERE'S A SIX TO NINE MONTH LAG ON DATA AVAILABILITY, SO COOL.

IT'S THIRD OR FOURTH QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR.

ALRIGHT, THANKS.

YEAH, WE, WE KIND OF ONLY JUST PUBLISHED 2022 FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH.

.

YEAH.

UM, I, UH, AM PRESUMING THERE ARE NO MORE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONERS, AND I WANTED TO, UM, ASK SOME LEADING QUESTIONS.

, UM, BASICALLY, UM, UH, COMMISSIONER SA SARITA STARTED, UH, DOWN THE PATH I WAS GOING, BUT, UM, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW WE'RE GOING TO GET TO ZERO CARBON WHEN WE'RE STUCK AT 30% AND THAT 30% IS VOLUNTARY ANYWAY.

AND THE COMPANY HAS A HISTORY OF NOT DOING VERY MUCH.

UM, THERE IS YOUR OFFICE CAN DO.

UM, AND THAT IS THAT TEXAS GAS SERVICE, WHICH IS THE MAIN PROVIDER OF, UH, GAS IN THE CITY.

UH, THEIR FRANCHISE IS, UH, FOR RENEWAL IN 2026.

THIS IS A ONCE IN A 20 YEAR OPPORTUNITY TO GET VERY LONG NEEDED REFORMS. THIS IS THEIR LICENSE TO OPERATE.

AND DOES THE SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE PLAN TO BE A STAKEHOLDER IN THIS PROCESS FOR RENEWAL OF THE FRANCHISE? THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION.

UM, I'M GONNA TAKE THE, UH, EASY WAY OUT ON THIS AND SAY THAT'S ABOVE MY PAY GRADE, BUT I, I THINK THAT YOU SHOULD PROBABLY, IF, IF WE CAN FOLLOW UP ON THAT.

UM, BUT I, I DO NOT HAVE AN ANSWER FOR YOU TODAY ON THAT.

UM, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND, UH, YOU DO.

SO THIS WOULD BE THE BEST TIME.

UH, THE

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COMPANY HAS NO PRAGMATIC RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM.

UH, RIGHT NOW AUSTIN ENERGY IS AT 51% RENEWABLE, UH, TEXAS GAS SERVICE.

AND THE OTHER TWO U UTILITIES THAT SERVE AUSTIN WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF NATURAL GAS HAVE NOTHING.

THE CLOSEST THAT THEY CAN COME IS, UM, SEWAGE GAS OR LANDFILL GAS, WHICH IS VERY EXPENSIVE AND NOT VERY, UH, AVAILABLE.

UH, THEIR CONSERVATION, THE CONSERVATION PROGRAM FOR THESE UTILITIES, UH, FOR THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR IS LARGELY NOT COST EFFECTIVE.

UH, THEIR RATE STRUCTURES ARE REGRESSIVE.

THE MORE YOU USE, THE LESS YOU ARE CHARGED PER UNIT.

THIS OBVIOUSLY DISCOURAGES CONSERVATION AND IT ALSO HURTS THE POOR AND THE BILL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS COULD BE CONFUSED FOR SATIRE BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF, UH, FUNDING IS SO LOW.

SO THESE WOULD BE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT, UH, THE SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE, UH, MIGHT CONSIDER SHOULD THEY BE PART OF THE STAKEHOLDERS PROCESS IN THE FRANCHISE RENEWAL.

THANKS.

YEAH.

UM, I HAVE NO, UH, OTHER COMMENTS AT THIS POINT.

UH, IF ANY OTHER COMMISSIONER, UH, WOULD LIKE ANOTHER CHANCE FOR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS BEFORE WE MOVE ON, UH, COMMISSIONER OR, OH, I WAS THE, I'VE BEEN PLAYING AROUND WITH THE DASHBOARD AND IT'S GREAT, SO I JUST, KUDOS AND, UH, EVERYONE SHOULD CHECK IT OUT.

THANKS.

YEAH, IT WAS A, UH, IT BIG TEAM EFFORT, UH, BY A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE OFFICE AND THEN, UM, A LOT OF PARTNERS AROUND THE CITY AS WELL, PUTTING IN SOME TIME AND SOME ENERGY.

SO KUDOS TO EVERYBODY ON THAT ONE.

YEAH, THANKS TRE.

UH, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO SORT OF TELL PEOPLE HOW TO NAVIGATE TO GET THERE? THERE MIGHT BE A FEW PEOPLE WATCHING WHO WOULD LIKE TO, UH, SEE THIS DASHBOARD? YEAH, ON THE, THE SLIDES I JUST WENT THROUGH, UM, THERE'S A LINK IN THERE WITH THE URL ACTUALLY SPELLED OUT.

SO IT LOOKS LIKE, FOR ME ANYWAYS, IT'S SLIDE 22.

GO TO THAT URL.

AND THEN FROM THERE, I THINK THE, THE WEBSITE IS EASY TO NAVIGATE.

IT'S, UH, I THINK IT'S PRETTY CLEAR.

UM, YOU CAN GO THROUGH EVERY GOAL, EVERY STRATEGY, YOU CAN EVEN DOWNLOAD ALL THE LANGUAGE IF YOU WANT.

UM, YEAH.

ALL THE INFORMATION YOU COULD EVER WANT IS THERE.

YEAH.

UH, FOR THE HOME VIEWER, UH, THE COMMISSION, OUR COMMISSION'S WEBSITE IS AUSTIN TEXAS.GOV/RMC AND ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE DISCUSS ARE CLICKABLE.

SO YES, YOU CAN, UH, CLICK TO DOWNLOAD, UH, THE SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE'S PRESENTATION AND GO TO SLIDE 22 AND SEE THAT LINK.

UH, AGAIN, UM, THANK YOU FOR, UH, THE PRESENTATION AND THANK YOU AND ALL YOUR STAFF FOR THEIR WORK.

YEAH, THANKS Y'ALL.

IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE.

OKAY, WE

[3. Approve a recommendation regarding the creation of a pilot program of multifamily supportive housing projects and assist with the Passive House certification.]

ARE MOVING ON TO, UH, ITEM THREE, APPROVE A RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE CREATION OF A PILOT PROGRAM OF MULTIFAMILY SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND ASSIST WITH THE PASSIVE HOUSE CERTIFICATION, COMMISSIONER FARMER.

UM, YEAH, SO WE KIND OF WALKED THROUGH THIS LAST MONTH.

UM, THERE WAS SOME CHANGE TO THE LANGUAGE, UH, AFTER MEETING WITH, UM, HEIDI AND RICHARD AND COUNCIL, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE'S OFFICE, UM, TO, UH, MAKE IT A LITTLE LESS PRESCRIPTIVE, UM, AND, AND KIND OF LET, UH, AUSTIN ENERGY KIND OF DEFINE THE PROGRAM AS THEY LOOK INTO IT FURTHER.

UM, SO THAT'S BEEN REFLECTED IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE RESOLUTION.

UM, BUT OTHERWISE I THINK, UH, IT IS GOOD TO GO PENDING DISCUSSION.

UM, I WOULD, UM, BE HONORED

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TO MOVE APPROVAL, UH, IS, I'M SORRY.

UH, UM, MS. GOODWIN, UH, COMMISSIONER SILVERSTEIN HAS HER HAND RAISED.

OH, SO SHE WANTS TO BEAT