Mayors Throw Support Behind 100% Renewable Energy

By Joseph Bebon – June 26, 2017

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has approved a resolution that establishes support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of moving to 100% clean and renewable energy in cities nationwide.

Introduced by the co-chairs of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, the “100% Renewable Energy in American Cities” resolution could pave the way for cities across the country to adopt 100 percent renewable energy targets within their communities, according to the Sierra Club.

Columbia, S.C., Mayor Steve Benjamin states, “By approving this historic measure, we are showing the world that cities and mayors can and will lead the transition away from fossil fuels to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. There is more work to be done to realize this vision for our nation, but this vote represents an important first step toward cleaner air and water for our families, more good-paying jobs in clean energy, and stronger cities across the country.”

“Mayors are ready for 100 percent clean and renewable energy,” says Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “Salt Lake City has set the ambitious but achievable goals of generating 100 percent of the community’s electricity supply from renewable energy by 2032, followed by an 80 percent reduction in community greenhouse-gas emissions by 2040. We are taking action to achieve these goals, and I am honored to join mayors from across our nation to lead the transition to clean, renewable energy.”

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