Skeptics said it was impossible. “We heard every version of ‘no,’ ‘can’t,’ ‘won’t,’ and ‘shouldn’t.’ We were laughed out of rooms,” shared Sierra Club’s Jodie Van Horn in an article called, 100 Cities Agree: 100% Clean Energy For All.
Van Horn says it’s been three years since Ready For 100 launched, a Sierra Club initiative that pushes for the United States to commit to 100% renewable energy. The campaign is well underway, recently reaching a milestone: 100 cities and towns across the country have officially committed to transitioning to 100% clean energy.
Cincinnati, Ohio is credited as the 100th city to joint the ranks of communities ready to commit to 100% renewables. Since then, several other cities have joined the clean-energy movement, including Cottonwood Heights in Utah, Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, and Radnor Township in Pennsylvania. Washington also recently passed a historic goal for 100% renewables. The D.C. Council unanimously approved the “Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act of 2018,” a climate bill that includes a commitment to achieve 100% renewable electricity supplied across the district by 2032.
“One in seven Americans — 48.7 million people, total — now live in a place committed to 100% clean, renewable energy,” writes Van Horn. That’s impressive and the Sierra Club and its members deserve full credit for the efforts as we work toward a country that’s 100% powered by renewables.
A full list of the cities that have committed to clean energy can be viewed here.