Atlanta passes 100% clean energy resolution
Illustration courtesy of USGBC
Atlanta City Council earlier this week unanimously passed a resolution that commits the city to generating 100 percent of electricity consumed through renewable energy resources and associated technologies by 2035.
The city’s own facilities would need to be powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2025, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
Atlanta is now the largest city in the southeast with a 100 percent clean electricity goal. St. Petersburg, Fla., is the only other city in the southeast with a similar goal.
In August 2016, Environment Georgia held a lunch and learn at Georgia Tech with Dr. Marilyn Brown on the issue of 100 percent clean energy in Georgia. At the event, Environment Georgia released the report "We Have the Power: 100% Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving America."
Environment Georgia’s director, Jennette Gayer, testified during the committee’s hearing in favor of the resolution and offered the following statement:
Burning oil, gas and coal has polluted our air, water and land for decades. Now it’s changing our climate even faster than scientists feared it would. We can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we need to transform the way we produce and consume energy.
With more than 200 businesses, cities and countries committing to 100 percent clean energy, now is the time for Atlanta to be a leader, USGBC officials said. The adoption of the resolution in favor of a 100 percent clean electricity goal is considered an important step toward a clean energy future.
Companies: U.S. Green Building Council