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Austin Eco-Change Exchange

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In 2009 we organized the Eco-Change Exchange, bringing together all of the environmental groups to develop a common plan for city leaders.   Our mission was: “to awaken the dream of Austin as a leader among sustainable cities, to weave our community relationships, and to chart a course, rooted in justice, to get us there.”

This process lead to hundreds of participants in the City Council Chambers who learned about the history of racism and environmental degradation in Austin and what people have done to fight it.  We explored in-depth recommendations in each of the issue areas below with opportunities to make new ones.  People then participated in a prioritization process that set this agenda for the city.

The process culminated in presenting a list of recommended actions within eight key priorities to the Austin City Council.

  1. Environmental Justice
  2. Zero Waste
  3. Water Stewardship
  4. Alternative Transportation
  5. Sustainable Local Food
  6. Responsible Land Use
  7. Clean Energy
  8. Participatory Democracy

Final Report to City Council


Organizing Materials

Check out  Ann Harkness’s Photos  of the event!