United States
Mayor Stephen Adler, Elected 2014

Case Studies

The City of Austin is using the EcoDistrict framework to communicate the many green and sustainable features of the Seaholm Development District. 

In 2013, the Office of Sustainability led a collaboratie exploratoin of how EcoDistrict strategies and criteria apply to the entire Seaholm Redevelopment District – including both private- and public-sector projects. Opportunities have been identified for advanced, integrated green building, mobility, watershed and ecosystem protection, economic development, climate action, and community well-being.

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The Austin City Council approved three new wind contracts totaling 570 megawatts. Even with a short-term wind contract expiring in 2015 this will bring Austin Energy’s total wind portfolio to 1,225 MW and puts the utility four years ahead of schedule for meeting its 35% renewable energy resources goal by 2020. This is one of the most aggressive targets for renewable energy in the U.S. and makes Austin Energy among the greenest utilities in the country.

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Austin's Bike Share Program

March 20, 2014 Austin

Bike sharing will help ease Austin’s traffic congestion and aid in closing “first and last mile” transit gaps in the bus and rail systems. It will help the user stay healthy and decrease pollutants in the air by reducing the amount of single-occupant motor vehicle commutes. You will be able to pick up a bike from one location and ride to another location. Bike sharing is perfect for locals, tourists and commuters.

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