Conversation – Climate Talks NOW – Paris to Austin to ??? (2:45pm)

A delegation of Austin went to Paris in December to join the climate talks, along with leaders from all over the world. What’s next? Bringing it home to Austin and the next steps in saving the planet.


Brigid Shea, County Commissioner, Travis County
Brigid came to Austin in 1988 to start the Texas chapter of Clean Water Action. Prior to that, she had been an award-winning journalist at NPR stations in Minnesota and Philadelphia. She served on the Austin city council 1993-1996 and championed consumer, electoral and environmental reforms. Shea is the co-founder of SOS, Austin’s historic law to save Barton Springs, has been an advisor to LCRA, Seton, the City of Austin, etc. and her work with a client recently won the TCEQ Environmental Excellence award. She serves on many boards, including the national board of Clean Water Action. She is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Austin and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Clean Energy Council. She was elected Travis County Commissioner in 2014. She is a native of North Dakota, has 2 teenage boys and is married to John Umphress, Green Building specialist with Austin Energy.

Bee Moorhead

Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of Texas Impact, Executive Director of Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Bee Moorhead is the executive director of Texas Impact, a position she has held since has been 2000. She is also the executive director of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy,

Under her leadership, Texas Impact and the Interfaith Center have earned state and national recognition for work on interfaith education and community leadership development. Texas Impact has received two awards of merit from the Religion Communicators Council for outstanding publications. Radian 6 named Texas Impact one of the most influential Twitter feeds of the 82nd Texas legislative session.

Bee previously served as a senior fiscal policy analyst for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts where she helped to lead the nationally known Texas Performance Review, providing members of the Legislature with numerous recommendations for strengthening state government and state services, many of which are now law. She was the architect of “Family Pathfinders,” a unique initiative linking families on public assistance with faith and community-based organizations.



Elvia Sarai Hernandez, Co-Chair Green is the New Black 

Elvia Sarai Hernandez is a senior studying business at Huston-Tillotson University located in Austin, Texas. She is Co-Chair of Green is the New Black, a student ran environmental organization. GITNB aims to educated communities around as well as the student body about sustainability. Her goal is to get many individuals to participate in the Eco diversity movement. Each and everyone one of us can make a difference.