City Launches Carbon Calculator, Hosts Climate Expo
The Climate Protection Program starts off 2010 with a bang
Also, Austin Energy is hosting the 2010 Austin Climate Protection Conference & Expo. The free event takes place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16, at the Palmer Events Center. The Friday program offers continuing education for professionals; Saturday speakers will address topics of general interest for all Central Texans, including the carbon footprint calculator, Energy Rebates Made Easy, and hopefully lively panel discussions on new technologies, transportation, water conservation for greenhouse-gas reductions, and green building. A variety of green exhibitors will be at the expo; the highlight is an AltCar Expo ride and drive area, where folks can try driving natural gas, hybrid, plug-in, propane, and other alternative vehicles. To learn more, visit www.austinclimateexpo.com.
Finally, the ACPP is bringing back the city's annual environmental awards. Do you know of an individual, business, community organization/nonprofit, school, educational program, governmental agency, or city of Austin department that deserves recognition? The awards will honor outstanding contributions toward the protection, conservation, and improvement of Austin's natural resources. Nominations are being accepted through March 1. Winners will be recognized by Austin City Council on Earth Day, April 22. For info on judging criteria, and to submit a nomination, visit www.coolaustin.org.