Travis County continues to seek — and, much of the time, achieve — a delicate balance between our rapid regional growth and the “carrying capacity” of our natural, fiscal and human resources. Our community’s long-cherished values, our continued quality of life, and our future economic opportunity all depend on smart and strong stewardship of our environment.
Sarah has been a prominent environmental leader throughout her career in public service. From representing the people’s interests against polluters at the County Attorney’s office, through years of critical policy and investment decisions on the Commissioners Court, Sarah has preserved, protected and defended our vital environmental assets.
What Sarah Believes
Sarah stands for a greener future in which the natural beauty and character of our environment is valued and preserved. Effective stewardship of our water, air and biological diversity requires we prepare the way for growth only to the extent that we have the resources (natural and financial) to accommodate it. We need experienced local leadership who can confidently represent environmental interests in a marketplace, legislature and courts that are often dismissive or hostile to environmental stewardship.
What Sarah’s Done
- Sarah has led the way to preserve green space and protect our natural heritage all over Travis County, including shepherding the county’s first Land, Water and Transportation Plan, safeguarding sensitive lands in the Balcones Canyonland Preserve from destructive uses, and brokering a three-party agreement with the TXI mine in Webberville to preserve lands along the Colorado River and Gilleland Creek.
- Sarah has stood firm against polluters and dirty industries, including securing a $3.5 million settlement with developers who illegally fouled Hamilton Pool, combating expansion of the BFI and WMI landfills in Northeast Austin, and preserving our groundwater resources with new stringent subdivision regulations.
- Sarah has worked to protect our air quality by leading efforts at CAMPO to plan to reduce tailpipe emissions, voting to preserve the state program that helps low-income residents replace their dirty vehicles, and pursuing ways to help reduce county government’s environmental impact and carbon footprint.