Environment & Sustainability

KATHIE TOVO has a proven record of taking bold action to protect our environment, manage our resources responsibly, and make our community more sustainable – and is supported by every environmental organization that has endorsed in her race to date.

Climate change is real and it is impacting Austin with more extreme droughts that threaten our water supply and more extreme storms that cause flooding. However, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Greg Abbott are working to actively undermine progress on these issues. In this challenging atmosphere, Kathie Tovo is leading the way on progressive initiatives that have increased use of renewable energy, decreased carbon emissions, and helped Austin manage its resources sustainability.

  • Leading the effort to develop higher goals for clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including a goal of net-zero emissions for city-controlled resources by 2030.

  • Increasing Austin's use of solar energy, directing the City Manager to nearly triple the city's solar portfolio.

  • Adopting an Austin Community Climate Plan with an aggressive goal of achieving net-zero emissions for the entire city by 2050.

  • Establishing a Joint Sustainability Task Force to advise Council on policies related to the Austin Community Climate Plan.

  • Initiating the "Water Forward" effort to plan how to manage our resources responsibly and meet Austin's water needs over the next 100 years.

  • Creating the Low-Income Consumer Advisory Task Force to recommend ways the city can ensure access to renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for less affluent residents.

  • Supporting the Obama Administration's "Clean Power Plan" to control greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Leading the fight to protect City Council's control of Austin Energy, which has made important progress on our renewable energy goals possible.

  • Creating the Lake Austin Task Force to strengthen protections for Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River.

Kathie has a proven record of success on environmental action – and looks forward to continuing to work with the community on expanding our use of renewable energy, moving away from fossil fuels, and strengthening standards of flood mitigation and green infrastructure for new development.