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  • endorsed 2020-09-27 01:51:41 -0400

    100% Clean Energy Cities

    It’s time for Michigan to lead! Write your mayor today and urge them to join the #renewablecities movement today!

    Join the 100% Clean Energy Cities campaign and we will send you a sample letter to send to your mayor! 

    As the Trump Administration slashes environmental laws designed to protect public health and help us transition to renewable energy, mayors and local officials are leading our nation toward a healthier, stronger future by committing to 100% clean, renewable energy.

    It’s time for more Michigan communities to get on board! Write your mayor today!

    More than 58 U.S. cities have stepped up to combat climate change and reap the benefits of clean, renewable energy by committing to power their cities with 100% renewable electricity.  In Michigan, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Northport have committed to 100% goals in the coming decades.

    If we powered all of Michigan with 100% clean energy sources, including for heating and transportation, we would create nearly 150,000 jobs and save the average resident close to $11,000 annually, according to Stanford University.

    About the Campaign

    Through the Michigan Climate Action Network, Michigan Environmental Council helped encourage Traverse City to commit to powering 100% of their city operations—including city buildings, streetlights, traffic signals and water treatment facilities—with renewable energy by 2020. The city is also committed to creating a plan to make all of Traverse City—not just city operations—carbon-neutral by midcentury.

    Many communities in Michigan have climate action plans designed to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, and others are actively campaigning to encourage their city to make the transition to 100% renewable energy. Our goal is to see 10 new communities commit to 100% clean energy.

    Why 100% Renewable Cities?

    As the price of solar and wind energy drops, and the impacts of pollution become more severe, the transition to 100% renewables is rapidly becoming a mainstream concept. In fact, more than 100 cities worldwide are powered with mostly renewable sources for electricity, and 40 cities get 100% of their electricity from renewables. Burlington, Vermont is one of these cities, and it is saving millions of dollars in energy expenses as a result.

    Many studies have demonstrated how entire states can achieve 100% renewable energy use, and that doing so would bring new jobs, better health, and cost savings. Hawaii passed a 100% renewable goal into law, and several other states are working toward similar goals.

    Setting strong renewable energy goals also helps cities attract the growing number of businesses looking for the price stability and innovation that comes with a clean energy economy. There are more than 100 major businesses with 100% renewables goals, including Michigan-based Herman Miller and General Motors which both plan to achieve 100% renewable electricity for all of their facilities worldwide by mid century.

    How can I get involved?

    Michigan Environmental Council hosts the Michigan Climate Action Network (MICAN) which is leading the “100% Cities” campaign. The MICAN website includes information on which cities have made a commitment, as well as a toolkit to help you guide your community towards 100% renewable energy.