The First Step

Even in long dark days of winter, there are bright lights showing the path towards clean, renewable energy for everyone. Last December Boone, North Carolina and Traverse City, Michigan both passed resolutions to go 100% renewable. And as a result of powerful protest at Standing Rock, construction of the dirty and disastrous North Dakota Access Pipeline was halted from crossing beneath the Missouri River.

There are bright spots everywhere and more and more people are taking the first step to get involved. In face of what’s ahead, that’s how we’ll win – together.

Josh Smith and his work with PUSH Buffalo is one of those bright lights. The 100% campaign went to Buffalo over the summer to celebrate Josh and his great work. 

Josh is the Landscape Manager for PUSH Buffalo, a local organization providing affordable homes and business spaces powered by clean energy to hundreds of people. By collecting food waste from a local co-op, composting it, and using the rich soil he generates on all sorts of green infrastructure projects around Buffalo – from green roofs to side yards – Josh’s work keeps 36 tons of food waste out of landfill each year.

For Josh, urban farming, social justice, and equal access to clean energy are all interconnected. “We’re all part of the ecology of this place,” he says. “It’s imperative [for] everyone to be involved. It doesn’t matter where you start, just take the first step.”

Now, more than ever, we must stand together to power forward. In 2017, the 100% campaign will continue to share stories of bold, aspirational and creative leadership in local communities to make clean energy accessible to everyone. Know someone amazing? Nominate them for a ONE100 Award.

I’m ready to give my 100% to make a 100% clean energy future a reality.