100% Renewable Energy Resolution

Source: Environment MA

Resolution of the City Council of the City of CITY NAME in support of 100 percent renewable energy

WHEREAS, the combustion of fossil fuels, through direct emissions and through secondary climate change impacts poses a threat to human and environmental health globally through increased air and water pollution, sea level rise, climate-driven drought, extreme weather events, and accelerated loss of species and habitats, and

WHEREAS the public health impacts from continued fossil fuels use and related climate change may disproportionately affect economically disadvantaged residents, seniors and children; and

WHEREAS, according to the UN Panel on Climate Change, carbon neutrality must be achieved by 2050 to decrease the likelihood of catastrophic change undermining economic, natural, and social systems; and,

WHEREAS clean, renewable energy sources can be made equally or more affordable than fossil fuel sources; and

WHEREAS energy efficiency measures that drive down energy demand are the most cost effective means to reduce fossil fuel consumption; and

WHEREAS renewable energy represents an enormous economic opportunity for [CITY] to create jobs in an emerging industry, increase economic security and expand prosperity for local residents, reduce air pollution and associated public health risks, reduce the strain on water resources, and save consumers money; and  

WHEREAS, cities across the nation have made commitments to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy; and

WHEREAS [CITY] strives to remain a leader among its peer cities.

NOW BE IT RESOLVED that the [GOVERNING BODY] of [CITY] calls for the City to commit to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency measures for all energy-use sectors by 2050.

Introduced on [DATE] by:  Adopted on [DATE]

Updated 2/2019