The City of Fayetteville became the first municipality in Arkansas to commit to transition to 100% clean and renewable sources of energy, as reported by the Sierra Club.
This week, the Fayetteville City Council voted to adopt the city’s Energy Action Plan, which includes a goal of powering all government operations with 100% clean energy by 2030 and the entire community by 2050. A copy of Fayetteville’s comprehensive Energy Action Plan can be seen here.
This vote makes Fayetteville the 54th city in the country to fully commit to renewables.
“The Sierra Club applauds Fayetteville today for this tremendous step forward,” said Glen Hooks, Director of the Arkansas Sierra Club. “Mayor Lioneld Jordan, the City Council, and the superb public servants in the city’s Sustainability Department are to be commended for their vision and commitment to improving the quality of life for Fayetteville residents. We are proud to recognize Fayetteville as the first Arkansas city to commit to a 100% renewable energy future–the first of what we believe will be many.”
In May, Mayor Lioneld Jordan endorsed the goal of powering Fayetteville entirely with renewable sources of energy, becoming the first Arkansas mayor to do so. Fayetteville’s commitment to clean energy builds off of the vision laid out by Mayor Jordan.
“Fayetteville has shown leadership in climate change adaptation and mitigation in a variety of ways,” said Mayor Lioneld Jordan. “We’ve installed electric vehicle charging stations around the City, signed onto the Sierra Club’s ‘Mayors for 100% Clean Energy’ pledge, promoted energy efficiency programs for homes and businesses, and much more. The Energy Action Plan is another bold step in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life for all Fayetteville citizens, present and future.”