Atlanta, Georgia is the newest U.S. city committed to making a transition to 100% clean, renewable energy, pushing the number of cities committed to or already running on 100% clean energy to twenty seven.
Just days after community leaders joined Senators Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey to introduce legislation that will completely phase out fossil fuel use by 2050, Atlanta becomes the biggest southern city — and the first in Georgia — to commit to 100 percent clean energy.
As the Sierra Club reports, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a measure that establishes a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The resolution also directs the Atlanta Office of Sustainability to develop a plan by January 2018 to meet the 100 percent renewable energy goal across all city operations by 2025 and community-wide by 2035.
As more and more cities go 100%, it’s critical to keep the energy transition efforts rooted in community and equity to ensure we’re pushing 100% for 100%. Clean energy powers social good and economic equity, and now 100% clean energy is happening everywhere.