Another city has committed to sourcing all its energy from renewables. This time it’s Atlanta, the largest southern city in the US to make such a commitment, and the first in Georgia. It joins 25 other cities that have committed to 100 percent renewable energy, seven of which have already realized that goal and comes as The Sierra Club launches the Mayors For 100% Clean Energy campaign.
That’s according to the Sierra Club and it’s Ready for 100 campaign, which the mayor's campaign is part of. It is encouraging cities across the US to choose renewable energy to power their and their citizens’ energy needs. The organization said that Atlanta’s city council unanimously approved a measure to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Under the measure, the Atlanta Office of Sustainability will create a plan to transition all city operations to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025 ahead of the community-wide requirements.
“We know that moving to clean energy will create good jobs, clean up our air and water and lower our residents’ utility bills,” said Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who introduced the measure. “We never thought we’d be away from landline phones or desktop computers, but today we carry our smartphones around and they’re more powerful than anything we used to have. We have to set an ambitious goal or we’re never going to get there,” he said of the measure.
“Just days after hundreds of thousands marched for climate action across the globe, city leaders here in Atlanta are answering the call,” said Ted Terry, director of the Sierra Club’s Georgia Chapter. “Cities like Atlanta must lead the way in confronting the threat of climate change and accelerating the transition to 100 percent clean energy. Today’s commitment will inspire bold, ambitious leadership from cities throughout the United States and pave the way for a healthier and stronger Atlanta.”
The announcement comes as the Sierra Club announced the Mayors For 100% Clean Energy, a campaign that encourages people across the US to tell their mayors that they want clean energy. That campaign is Co-Chaired by Salt Lake City, Utah, Mayor Jackie Biskupski (D). Salt Lake City joined the Ready for 100 campaign last July. It committed to transitioning to 100 percent clean energy by 2032. The biggest city to make the commitment this far is Los Angeles.
“As a mom, it's my job to provide and protect for my children and my family. As an American, I believe it's my civic duty to participate in our democracy, contribute to society, respect my neighbors, and celebrate the beauty and diversity of this great land,” Biskupski said.
“And as a mayor, it's my responsibility to keep our economy strong, keep our communities safe, protect our air and environment, make sure everyone's voice is heard—and do all of these things as cost-effectively, equitably, and sustainably as possible,” Biskupski said. She added that the transition “will protect our kids and families from pollution, create new jobs and local economic opportunities, and ensure that all people have access to affordable energy solutions.”
People can tell their mayors to support such resolutions here: https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0076475.Tweet