Join us this Saturday, November 10th, in Austin at the Redbud Center at 3701 Lake Austin Boulevard.
It’s not too late. Join us at the Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter’s biennial one-day legislative workshop, training and discussion of the upcoming 2013 Legislative Session this Saturday. Learn from Sierra Club’s own experts as well as trusted outside experts and allies. Give us your two cents regarding strategies, priorities and goals for the 2013 session.
The workshop will be held in Austin on Saturday, November 10th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $25 per person and $5 for students (both include lunch).
Register now to learn strategies and tactics to defend and expand progress on clean air, clean water, clean energy, smart transportation choices and healthy habitats in Texas. The 2013 Legislature needs to hear from Sierra Club members, friends and allies!
Topics that will be addressed include:
- Shaping the budget process to support parks, water conservation, clean air and energy goals!
- Strategies to encourage water conservation and drought management as the primary ways to meet future water needs. How can we influence how legislators will address major water issues?
- How does “sunset” legislation help the Railroad Commission and Public Utility Commission become agencies responsive to Texans and not agencies serving the largest dirtiest oil, gas and coal producers?
- How do we make our energy market actually work for clean energy solutions like energy efficiency, demand response and solar energy?
- How will the 83rd legislature, with so many new faces, differ from previous sessions?
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Registration/Check-In
9:15– 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Overview –Cyrus Reed, Acting Chapter Director and Ken Kramer, Volunteer and Former Chapter Director
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. General Session: “The 2012 Election: What the 2013 Legislature Looks Like and How Will It Impact the Promotion of Conservation Priorities”
Scheleen Walker, Legislative Director, Representative Donna Howard
Bonnie Bruce, Chief of Staff, Representative Burt Solomons
Liz Fazio, House Natural Resources Committee,
Steven Polunsky, Senate Committee on Business and Commerce
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 – 12:15 p.m. Budgeting:
“What Do Dedicated Funds Really Mean: Will Truth in Budgeting Really Happen in 2013”
Eva de Luna Castro, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Alison Brock, Chief of Staff, Rep. Turner
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
“Water Issues in the 2013 Session”
Moderator & Presenter: Ken Kramer & Jennifer Walker
Presenters: Dean Robbins, Texas Water Conservation Association
Myron Hess, NWF
“Natural Gas & Tar Sands Issues / Sunset Review of the Railroad Commission”
Moderator: Cyrus Reed
Tom “Smitty” Smith, Public Citizen
Sharon Wilson, Oil and Gas Accountability Project
Rita Beving, Dallas Sierra Club
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
“Clean Energy Solutions”
Moderator: Cyrus Reed
David Power, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
Colin Meehan, Environmental Defense Fund, Solar : Demand Side or Supply Side? Or Both?
Charlene Heydinger, Keeping PACE in Texas: Solar and EE Financing
“Looking for a Slice of the Financial Pie: State Park and Non-game Wildlife Funding”
Moderator And Presenter: Evelyn Merz, Sierra Club
Brent Leisure, Director of State Parks, TPWD
Richard Heilbrun, Wildlife Diversity, TPWD
Workshop Location: Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) Redbud Center, 3701 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin, TX 78703 (map). Previous workshop attendees, please note: This is across Lake Austin Blvd from the LCRA headquarters in West Austin where the workshop has been held before.
Cost: Only $25 per person with pre-registration by Nov. 8. Registration at the door will be $30 per person. The pre-registration fee for students is $5 in advance or $10 at the door. A current student ID is required at check-in for this reduced rate. The registration fee includes lunch, with a vegetarian option available, and workshop materials.