City of Tallahassee has set a goal to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy across the community by 2050, further demonstrating the Sunshine State’s leadership in moving toward renewables.
The Tallahassee City Commission unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal of powering municipal operations entirely with renewable sources (such as wind and solar) by 2035, and community-wide by 2050. Tallahassee becomes the seventh city in Florida, and the 108th city in the nation, to commit to powering itself with 100% clean, renewable energy.
“We commend the City for taking this step,” said Grant Gelhardt, Chair of the local Sierra Club Big Bend Group. “The goals set forth in this resolution will take Tallahassee into the solar age, making Tallahassee truly the Capital of the Sunshine State. This goal would not only put the City as a leader in Florida, but put Tallahassee among the leaders in the nation in sustainability and conversion to 100% renewable energy,”
In addition to committing to transform its energy system, the resolution also sets a goal of 100% clean transit and electrifying the city’s vehicle fleet by 2035. As the owner of its own municipal utility — and as Florida’s capital — Tallahassee can serve as an example for the state with its vision for clean energy.
“Climate change is here, and the actions we take today as a community will help mitigate the severe consequences that are predicted in the future. We look forward to continuing to build coalition and educate and engage all sectors of the community as the plan develops,” said Kim Ross, Executive Director of ReThink Florida and convener of the Tally35 coalition.
The six other cities across Florida aiming for 100% clean energy are Dunedin, Gainesville, Largo, Orlando, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota.
Local organizations that have worked to achieve today’s milestone commitment by Florida’s capital city include the Sierra Club Big Bend Group, as well as members of the Tally35 coalition: ReThink Energy Florida, ReThink Energy Action Fund, Democratic Environmental Caucus of Leon County, Citizens for a Sustainable Future, St. Paul’s Creation Care, First Presbyterian Church, For Our Future Fund, Tallahassee Food Network.
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