The City Council of Nederland, Colorado unanimously voted to power the town with 100% clean, renewable energy by 2025. According to the Sierra Club, this makes Nederland the fourth city in Colorado and the 42nd city in the United States to make this commitment.
Nederland joins the Colorado communities of Pueblo, Boulder, and Aspen that have also adopted a 100% clean energy goal. Transitioning to renewables is critical for Rocky Mountain towns, such as Nederland, which are already facing the effects of climate change with an increase of extreme weather including drought and forest fires.
“The transition to 100% clean and renewable energy will protect our climate, communities, and families. As local leaders recognize the health, economic, and environmental benefits like clean air and water, we will move closer to powering Colorado with 100% clean energy,” said Jim Alexee, Colorado Sierra Club. “We invite communities and leaders across the state to join this incredible movement.”
Jennifer Morse, Climate Together Nederland and Nederland Sustainability Advisory Boar added: “We’ve come to a point in time when there are few options. If we don’t switch to clean energy, if we don’t stop burning fossil fuels, we get a future no one wants to live in. I love Nederland, it’s a community like no other. The beauty and unique character of both the people who live here and the mountains which surround us have inspired me to take a stand for Nederland’s future. And I hope our community can further inspire others down the path to their own, and our global, renewable energy future.”
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