Report | Environment Texas

Environmental concerns on Oak Hill Parkway

Our organizations share a collective concern about the Oak Hill Parkway project(US 290/ SH 71). We recognize and applaud recent efforts of the City of Austin and TxDOT to collaborate on this project, but also recognize that there is more to be done for the construction plan to be acceptable. We urge CAMPO to postpone voting on the TIP amendment for this project until after the Austin City Council has had an opportunity to discuss and vote on its MOU with TxDOT. This letter details some remaining concerns about the project and additional features that may be added to that agreement. Given our serious concerns about the project design itself, we also ask that your agencies evaluate the “Livable Oak Hill” alternative.

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Solar Homes

America has a bold opportunity to speed the transition to a clean energy future by requiring solar power on new homes. Rooftop solar panels save homeowners money – even more so when they are installed during construction.1 Including this common-sense technology on all new homes would help the nation to build an electric grid that’s cleaner, more beneficial for consumers, and more resilient.

Report | Environment Texas

Environment Texas endorses Water Forward plan for Austin

Environment Texas wants to offer our strong endorsement for the Water Forward plan, and we urge you to vote to approve it. As the Council knows, this plan was developed through collaboration between Austin Water Utility and the Water Forward Task Force. That panel was created by the Council in 2014 in response to a recommendation from a previous panel which included Luke Metzger, the Executive Director of Environment Texas, among its members. Because of this connection, we have closely followed the development of the Water Forward plan and have eagerly awaited its adoption.