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100% Renewable

Campaign Goal: Convince campuses and cities across California to go 100 percent renewable.
We’re promoting a bold and clear vision of a greener, healthier world, one powered solely by clean, renewable energy. We’re also taking concrete steps right now that will bring us closer to the world we want to live in. Our 100% Renewable campaign is focused on three arenas in which we can make the most immediate progress: college and university campuses, cities and states, and Congress.
100% Renewable: College & university campuses

America’s more than 5,000 universities, colleges and community colleges are big energy consumers, with large buildings, many of which are open 24/7. At the same time, college campuses are largely self-contained communities, and therefore better able to find ways to generate all the power they need from clean, renewable sources—especially given the expertise among their faculty and the enthusiasm among their students for going green.

Cornell University / Wikimedia Commons

Cornell University, Green Mountain College and Colorado State University are among the campuses that already have committed to going 100 percent renewable. Our campaign goal is to expand that number to 10 campuses by June 2018, add 25 more by June 2019, and add another 35 by June 2020.

Our organizers are working with campus communities to achieve these goals. To date, more than 350 faculty members nationwide have supported us in calling for commitments to 100 percent renewable energy—many of whom will prove to be valuable allies when we ask local and state government leaders to consider taking similar action.

To lay the foundation for this critical work, we have produced and distributed a series of reports and factsheets, including Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools to Move Your Campus to 100% Clean Energy; spoken at conferences to students, faculty and administrators; and partnered with Second Nature, the leaders of the President’s Climate Commitments.

100% Renewable: Cities & states

By thinking globally and acting locally, we can make huge steps forward to clean up our energy supply. Mayors, governors and other local and state leaders can take the initiative on clean, renewable energy.

In 2018, Environment California led the campaign to pass a bill committing the Golden State to a goal of reaching 100 percent renewable and zero-carbon electricity by 2045. Now we are working to defend and implement that target as quickly as possible.

Since we already passed 100 percent at the state level by 2045, we are working to ensure we got the goals and do it earlier than enacted. We are working to get California cities to get to 100 percent renewable before 2045. We are working to get more clean energy like offshore wind, geothermal and storage up and running as fast as we can.

Boston, MA / National Environmental Energy Laboratory Photo

Outside of the Washington, D.C., bubble, we’re finding bipartisan support for action on clean energy. Our national team of researchers, advocates, members and activists have won significant progress on clean energy over the past few decades, including policies that have resulted in greater energy efficiency, more wind power and more solar power in 25 states. With Washington’s leadership missing or counterproductive, now is the time to rally our local and state leaders to think bigger and act more boldly.

This summer: Sacramento can go 100% Renewable!

For years California has been at the forefront of protecting the environment and striving for a clean energy future. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (commonly known as “SMUD”) has historically been at the leading edge of clean energy in California. SMUD, the community-owned electric utility serving Sacramento County and parts of Placer County, is consistently ranked one of the greenest utilities across the nation.

This summer SMUD is picking a new General Manager and we need to make sure they continue the legacy of excellence. Several California cities are on pace to be running on 100 percent clean energy by 2030 and we want to add Sacramento to that list.

To get Sacramento to go 100 percent clean energy, all we need to do is retire four old gas-fired power plants and replace them with clean energy and battery storage. Several other gas-fired plants around the state have already closed.

SMUD Solar Array Sacramento
California Energy Commission via Flickr

We know that staving off the worst impacts of climate change we’ll require us to transition to 100 percent clean energy as soon as possible. Sacramento should continue its leadership role in addressing climate change and protecting the environment. By replacing four old peaker plants with clean energy and battery storage, Sacramento can set a precedent for the rest of California to quickly move onto clean, renewable energy.

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Currents of energy and hope

Robert F. Kennedy once said that each time we stand up for an ideal, we send forth a “tiny ripple of hope.”

Imagine ripples of energy emanating from each new campus or each new city or town that commits to 100 percent renewable power. Imagine these ripples converging into a great current that reaches every corner of our country and shines a beacon of hope to the rest of the world. That’s what this campaign is all about.

Act now

All of us should do what we can in our own homes to conserve and use energy more efficiently, and promote solar and wind power. But with a problem this big, of course we need to do more.

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