INITIATIVE TO RECRUIT U.S. MAYORS TO ADOPT AMBITIOUS CLEAN ENERGY GOAL IN CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
San Diego – Continuing his commitment to making San Diego cleaner for future generations, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced he will join mayors from across the country in support of the “Mayors for 100% Clean Energy” initiative – a new effort to recruit mayors to adopt the goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy in cities across the country. Mayor Faulconer serves as one of four co-chairs.
“Clean energy isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” Mayor Faulconer said. “In San Diego, we brought business and environmental groups together to advance a goal of 100 percent renewable energy. Since then, San Diego has become the nation’s top ranking city in solar energy capacity. We’re going green not only because it supports clean air and water, but because it supports our 21st century economy. It makes sense for mayors across the country to work together because when we talk about the future of our planet, we’re talking about the future of our communities. As a city known around the world for its beautiful environment, we look forward to showing the world how to protect it.”
As part of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, “Mayors for 100% Clean Energy” was launched today ahead of the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in June to showcase the broad range of support from city leadership for a transition to 100 percent renewable energy. San Diego is one of twenty-six cities across the United States who have committed to this clean energy goal. Mayor Faulconer joined the initiative to showcase the progress San Diego is making on its own climate goals.
In December 2015, San Diego adopted its landmark Climate Action Plan to create new jobs in the renewable energy industry, improve public health and air quality, use resources more efficiently, increase clean energy production and improve quality of life. The plan lays out steps to eliminate half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the city and aims for all electricity used in the city to be from renewable resources by 2035.
Mayor Faulconer co-chairs the committee with Mayor Philip Levine of Miami Beach, Mayor Jackie Biskupski of Salt Lake City and Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin of Columbia of South Carolina.
“Mayors can lead our nation toward a healthier, stronger and more prosperous country by championing a vision of 100 percent clean, renewable energy in their communities. Cities don’t need to wait for Washington, D.C. to act in order to move the ball forward on clean energy,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “The Sierra Club applauds those mayors who have already endorsed a goal of 100 percent clean energy and we look forward to working with local leaders in cities across the country to accelerate the transition away from dirty fuels to clean and renewable sources of energy.”