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Sierra Club Endorses Leslie Pool for Austin City Council District 7
Leslie Pool is one of us when it comes to environmental justice and climate issues. She is a long-term leader on the City Council District that Austin Sierra Club is proud to endorse for re-election.
Leslie Pool worked with Council Members Alter, Tovo, and Ellis in sponsoring resolutions to create a community-wide resilience plan incorporating tenets of the Green New Deal and to include an analysis of transportation electrification in the next Community Climate Plan.
She co-sponsored the August 2019 resolution declaring a climate emergency and providing the critical language to use in applying climate planning to all Austin city efforts including electric generation, water, and the Community Climate Equity Plan now being developed across all city departments and areas.
When I think of Leslie Pool and the environment, I think of her unwavering commitment to moving Austin forward on clean and renewable energy.
As Chair of the Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, (AEUOC), Council Member Pool demanded an opportunity for significant public input to the Austin Energy Generation Plan Update of 2017. When that plan’s ambitions seemed timid, Pool demanded a series of studies to be completed in advance of the 2019 plan update that would address nine outstanding issues. Completion of those studies made a significant impact in pushing the 2019 plan to Zero Carbon electric energy for all of Austin by 2035 or before, with an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions from our share of the Fayette coal plant quickly – until it is closed for good in 2022. Pool continues to push these efforts as vice chair of the AEUOC.
On the Council, Leslie Pool led Austin’s lawsuit against the Permian Highway Pipeline and has been a staunch advocate of many environmental protections.
She is a leader in the ongoing work to restructure public safety and shift focus to effective mental health, addiction, and homeless support to reduce the need for police response in these situations, while improving the training and culture of police officers.
Pool is noted for her work to invest in Austin's parks and quality of life, to make sure that neighborhoods remain intact and provide better transit, walking and biking options.
Prior to her City Council Election in 2014, Leslie Pool worked with the Travis County Constable’s office, co-founded the Bull Creek Road Coalition and helped their work with the Texas Legislature. She has worked for the National Wildlife Federation, TxDOT and has served as an aide to Congressman Doggett and the late Senator Lloyd Bentsen. She has a master’s degree from the LBJ School and was a member of Leadership Austin’s class of 1999-2000. She is well prepared for her leadership on Austin City Council.
Get involved to help re-elect Leslie Pool. Bring your best effort to support her at lesliepoolcampaign.com