AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Mayor, Steve Adler and Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross discussed how each city has been taking on renewables and the overall economic impacts from “going green,” Tuesday afternoon. This was just one part of a panel discussion held at the “The Business of Green: An Atlantic Forum” in Austin.
As many may recall, Georgetown recently became one of the first cities in the country to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. However, they continue to have access to the state’s electric grid as a backup plan.
As for Austin, the city is running on just under 40 percent of renewables, according to Mayor Adler. But the city’s goal is rising. Mayor Adler voted with the Austin City Council to increase Austin’s renewable energy goal from 55 percent by 2025 to 65 percent by 2027.
“The major goal for our city is to have a cumulative net zero carbon footprint citywide by the time we get to 2050,” said Adler. “That’s something that I think is real achievable.”
The city’s resolution includes a push for more electric vehicles on the road and carpooling options, ultimately improving air quality. Another incentive could even be improved traffic by more people traveling in one vehicle, rather than folks traveling alone and hitting the road.