Partner City Spotlight: Austin, TX
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Dr. Tim Beatley, Founder and Director of the Biophilic Cities Project, presents Councilwoman Leslie Pool with a certificate welcoming Austin, Texas into the Biophilic Cities Network. Credit: Leah Haynie

Biophilic Austin: A Deeper Look Into the Biophilic Cities Network’s Newest Member

The Biophilic Cities Network welcomed Austin, Texas as a Partner City and celebrated the city’s dedication to preserving its rich natural heritage to benefit both people and nature. Austin has taken significant steps to protect and promote its wildlife, water bodies, and urban tree canopy. Not content to rest on previous achievements, the city has also emphasized green infrastructure and other impressive initiatives in its newest planning policies. City officials see many reasons to integrate natural ecosystems into Austin’s urban fabric.

“Cities like Austin serve as engines for innovative and forward-thinking policies such as the Biophilic Cities Network,” said District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool, who chairs the Council’s Open Space, Environment & Sustainability Committee. “Our community has historically placed high value on preserving and promoting our natural environment.”

The programs, policies, and projects are numerous and continue expanding as Austin looks toward an even more nature-ful future. Many of Austin’s biophilic features, such as its extensive urban wildlife efforts, green infrastructure network, and innovative plans and policies, are worth a deeper look.

To learn more about the City of Austin's efforts, please read the entire article here.
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