Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
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Hire Assistant City Manager for Sustainability and Climate in Waco, Tx. NOW.
The undersigned residents of McLennan County strongly request that the City of Waco, Texas creates the position of Assistant City Manager for Sustainability & Climate. This position is required to ensure the City completes the massive challenge of reaching “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, as mandated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). To reach this goal, Waco will need to be totally powered by clean, renewable energy, transition to battery electric or fuel cell vehicles, perform heating and cooling with electricity only, power industry with clean energy, and develop land use techniques that maximize carbon sinks. Currently the City has no individuals or boards with the required knowledge to guide the mandatory transition to a green economy. Therefore, we strongly request that the City creates a position for an Assistant City Manager for Sustainability & Climate, who will be highly knowledgeable of climate science, of the urgency of slashing greenhouse gas emissions, of the myriad solutions to carry out this transition, and of the many economic and health benefits of the transition. In addition, interested Waco citizens should be consulted to insure the appropriate person fills this Assistant City Manager role. Many cities in Texas have employed individuals to fill such a position for years. For example, the City of Dallas has an Office of Sustainability dedicated to “reducing our environmental footprint.” The City of Austin employs a Chief Sustainability Officer and a Climate Program Manager. And the City of Carlsbad, California, smaller than Waco at population 115,877, utilizes an Office of Environmental Management. In conclusion, we call on the Waco City Council to address the 21st century climate crisis by creating the position of Assistant City Manager for Sustainability & Climate and fill the position with a highly qualified person as soon as possible. This will enable the City to quickly transition to clean, renewable energy, help avoid catastrophic climate impacts, and realize the secondary economic and health benefits of a green economy.
WACO CITY COUNCIL: PLEDGE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2050
As citizens of the Waco, Texas area, we call on the Waco City Council to pledge that the City will be powered by 100% clean renewable energy by 2050, joining over 40 US cities that have made this pledge, or have reached this goal. In June, the US Conference of Mayors passed a resolution unanimously endorsing such pledges for its entire membership. The multiple compelling reasons to take this pledge include: Renewable energy offers long term cost savings and stability, as wind and solar now flourish and prices have plummeted. With excess production, electricity from wind has even been offered free at night by some Texas utilities. Since cities produce 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, eliminating these emissions by converting to renewable energy is a potent step in combatting anthropogenic climate change, and thus mitigating such impacts as heat waves, drought, floods, extreme weather, sea level rise, and ocean acidification. Renewable energy usage will create approximately 1 million new US jobs by 2030, and will likewise benefit the Waco economy. The technological advances and decreased pollution will help attract high tech businesses, tourists, and relocating workers to Central Texas. Each city will have a unique pathway to reach 100% green energy. Possible steps for Waco include: Solar and wind contracts for City energy needs. Facilitation of green energy availability for residential requirements, considering a rebate program for home rooftop solar (per San Antonio). Replacement of City gasoline vehicles with electric cars, taxis, and buses. Electric car or charger rebates for citizens, in addition to federal/state rebates. Facilitation of electric vehicle charging stations, for local citizens and as a magnet for travelers. More stringent building efficiency regulations, including mandatory rooftop solar for some commercial construction. Support of local food markets, decreased food waste, composting, and tree planting campaigns. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND SHARE. We call on the Waco City Council to pledge to go 100% renewable by 2050 at the latest. The City will recognize economic benefits, with lower energy costs and job creation. And with climate action at the federal level stalled, the responsibility for strong action for a zero carbon future and a livable biosphere for our children falls to the cities. WE TRUST WACO WILL TAKE THIS URGENTLY NEEDED ACTION.