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News Briefs for November 2019

Nov 03, 2019 01:38PM ● By Cat Carrel
Austin Energy EV360 Program Gains Traction

A pilot program designed to offer EV drivers a fixed, time-of-use rate has been successful and has closed new enrollment, according to Austin Energy.  The program allows unlimited charging for participants during off hours at Plug-In EVerywhere stations around the Austin area as well as at their home charging stations. When utilizing the service during off hours, users tap into clean, 100% renewable energy to charge their vehicles.

Off-peak hours are 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and anytime on weekends, and customers rates could be as low as $30 per month by accessing the charging stations during those hours.  

Participants are required to be an Austin Energy residential electric customer, own or lease a plug-in EV, own a detached home and install a special sub-meter circuit for the charging station. 

For more information on the EV360 program, visit Austin Energy..  

CapMetro Seeks Public Input on MetroRapid Corridors

CapMetro, Austin’s public transit system, is holding a series of open houses to seek public comment on several MetroRapid corridors as part of the implementation of Project Connect, CapMetro’s vision on the future of public transportation in Austin.  

Some estimates predict Austin’s population will double by 2040 to four million. However, road capacity is only expected to increase by 15 percent. In the long term, Project Connect seeks to expand high-capacity rapid transit (dedicated pathways), commuter rail, bus rapid transit light (transit priority treatments) and express routes.  

Regional goals include adding possible extensions to Georgetown, Round Rock, Hutto, Pflugerville, Elgin, Bastrop, Buda and Lockhart with proposed Park and Ride locations as well.  
The public can get involved in the conversation by attending one or more open houses through the month of November. So far, more than 9400 people have engaged with the project since its inception.

For more information, visit CapMetro.org/participate.  

Global Zero Waste Website Launched

A new website has launched to highlight zero waste success stories around the globe. ZeroWasteWorld.org is a project of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, or GAIA. The alliance hopes to raise global awareness about the path to a zero-waste lifestyle and guide users to find members in their region, help their own cities become zero waste, and help people to break free from using plastic. 

Zero Waste International Alliance defines zero waste as the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water or air that threaten the environment or human health.

Locally, the Austin Zero Waste Alliance seeks to educate about, advocate for and promote zero waste in Austin. Monthly meetings are held at 7 pm on the last Tuesday of the month at Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road. 

For more information about Austin Zero Waste Alliance, visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/AustinZeroWaste.

Fire Cider Festival Celebrates Herbal Remedy

Local herbalists invite the public to join them in celebration of fire cider, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 17 at the Calyx Wellness Studio, in Austin. 

Fire Cider is a spicy, warming, immune-boosting apple cider vinegar tonic that is taken orally to ward off the common cold, ease sinus congestion, aid in digestion and more. It’s a staple herbal remedy for fall and winter and every herbalist has their own unique spin on what ingredients to include.

This year’s festival includes tastings, demos on how to make your own fire cider, local herbal vendors, a raffle to benefit a local Youth Herbal Scholarship Fund, music and food. 

Free admission. Location: 1803 S. 1st St., Austin. For more information and to register for the event, visit EventBrite.com.

Clean Energy Credit Union

The Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU) is a new financial institution focused solely on providing loans that help people afford clean energy products and services such as solar electric systems, electric vehicles, home energy efficiency retrofits, electric-assist bicycles and net-zero energy homes. The CECU envisions a world where everyone can participate in the clean energy movement. 

CECU makes clean energy products easily attainable by providing loans with attractive terms.

The institution allows everyone to invest in the clean energy movement simply by opening a federally insured savings account. Deposits earn an interest rate and are used exclusively to help others buy clean energy products and services. Even a modest account balance will allow your money to support your principles. 

For more information, visit CleanEnergyCU.org.

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