The Sarasota City Commission has adopted a goal of powering all of Sarasota with 100% clean, renewable energy by 2045, according to the Sierra Club. Sarasota joins St. Petersburg as the only two cities in the state of Florida to commit to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy.
In addition to the establishing a community-wide target for 100% renewable energy, the Sarasota City Commission also voted to adopt a goal of powering all municipal operations in the city with 100% renewable energy by 2030 and at least 50% by 2024.
“The Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition commends the city of Sarasota for establishing these crucial target dates. Renewable energy will help clean our air and water while creating good, green jobs for members of our community,” said Sean Sellers, Chair Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition.
More than 30 cities across the U.S. have committed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. In June alone, Santa Barbara, California and Portland, Oregon have both adopted goals of 100% clean energy. Multnomah County, Oregon recently became the first county in the country to adopt a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy.
“By adopting a goal of 100% renewable energy in our community, Sarasota is solidifying its commitment to sustainability and to implementing concrete, local solutions that decrease our carbon emissions,” said Stevie Freeman-Montes, city of Sarasota Sustainability Manager. “It will provide structure for the city to look seriously at how we can transition our community to 100% clean energy. We look forward to working with community members to identify strategies to reach this ambitious goal.”