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The City Wants Input on How to Make Austin Emissions-Free by 2050

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The city wants to expand the use of solar panels ahead of its 2050 goal to make Austin greenhouse-free by 2050.

One of the city of Austin's sustainability goals is pretty ambitious - to be a net-zero greenhouse emissions city by 2050. In order to get there, it would take a city-wide buy in and that's why the city wants to get the community's pulse through a survey.

The 10 question-long survey is in English and Spanish, asking things like "Would you e-commute, or ride a bus?" and "What about putting up solar panels?" The answers to those questions aim to help the city start crafting a plan.

Lewis Leff, with the City of Austin's Office of Sustainability, says the city wants to know what actions people are already taking to meet the zero emissions goal. But more importantly, "the actions that they'd be willing to take so that [city staff] may be able to craft [the] plan and future programs in order to make sure that we are making progress as a community."

Lewis says there will be community meetings inviting those who have no computer access to also answer these questions.

The draft plan should be presented to council by March. The survey will be open through mid-January. 

Texas Standard reporter Joy Diaz has amassed a lengthy and highly recognized body of work in public media reporting. Prior to joining Texas Standard, Joy was a reporter with Austin NPR station KUT on and off since 2005. There, she covered city news and politics, education, healthcare and immigration.
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