*Scope of municipal operations emissions includes electricity, natural gas, and vehicle fuel use (Does not include direct emissions from all AE generation, the City landfill, or wastewater treatment.) The City purchases carbon offsets which enables it to reach the annual carbon reduction goals.
NATURAL SYSTEMS INDICATORS
The Office of Sustainability tracks greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) for City operations and for the Austin community at large; the impact of these emissions in the environment is reflected through Austin's climate. The natural systems indicators below are broad indicators of climate change, including how many days over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and how many consecutive dry days occur each year.
AUSTIN COMMUNITY CLIMATE PLAN: NET-ZERO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 2050
In June 2015, the Austin City Council adopted the Austin Community Climate Plan as the guiding framework for making progress toward a goal of community-wide net-zero emissions by 2050. The Plan lays out the interim goals, strategies, and actions to reach this ambitious long-term goal.
For questions about these sustainability measures and indicators, please contact Lewis Leff, City of Austin Office of Sustainability: Lewis.Leff@austintexas.gov.