The READY FOR 100 campaign is challenging 100 cities across the United States to set a target of 100% clean energy.
The move to 100% clean energy in the United States must begin in cities. Twelve cities and counting, including San Francisco and San Diego, have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals, and four cities in the U.S.–Aspen CO, Burlington, VT, Greensburg, KS, and Kodiak Island, AK–have already hit their targets. These cities now generate 100% of the energy used community-wide from clean, non-polluting and renewable sources. A city commitment to 100% renewable energy is a mandate for action. Last week, Portland’s mayor said his city had signed contracts for 100% renewable energy that would supply the city by 2017.
More than half the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 cities will likely be bursting with two-thirds of the people on the planet. Since urban areas already account for an estimated 76 percent of CO2 emissions from energy use—and many are vulnerable to flooding and higher temperatures—many city officials are taking on climate change. Numerous U.S. cities have made public commitments to cut carbon and address climate change through initiatives like the Compact of Mayors or by establishing their own Climate Action Plans.
Select Governments that have Achieved 100% Renewable Energy
Building on this history of climate leadership, we are asking cities to transition to 100% clean energy. By adopting a 100% clean, renewable energy target, leaders can set a new bar– not only for climate leadership — but as proof that they prioritize people’s health and well being over the lure of special interests. Find out what your city is doing to make clean energy and all of its benefits–jobs, low costs, cleaner air and water, and greater energy choice–more accessible to you and your community.