October 17, 2017
More than 50 cities across the United States have committed to equitable transitions to 100% renewable energy futures. Today, we asked the Durango City Council to join this growing movement by committing to 100% local, renewable energy by 2050. Doing so would:
- Keep energy dollars local by offering businesses entrepreneurial investment opportunities while creating competitive, high quality, local jobs. In this way, we will limit energy imports and prevent export of our financial capital.
- Stabilize energy costs for citizens and businesses as the cost of fossil fuel energy continues to rise.
- Protect our quality of life by keeping Durango’s air, land and water resources healthy.
What Local First Did and Why: Many of the members of the local, independent business community in Durango support local, clean energy. In order to start a dialogue with those members as well as communicate the response of that dialogue to the City Council, Local First and our community non-profit partners circulated a 100% renewable energy petition. We presented the results of the petition to the Durango City Council on October 17, 2017 because they are in a unique position to be working with LPEA to achieve this goal.
On November 29th, the 50th City in the U.S. adopted 100% renewable energy goals. Here’s what the Mayor of Salt Lake City, Jackie Biskupski, had to say about adopting this goal:
“By committing to 100 percent clean energy, cities like Salt Lake City and Truckee are sending a message that we care about the health and prosperity of the people in our communities. Clean energy is the future, and cities that make the investment today are not only helping to protect the environment, they are positioning themselves to be the economic and social powerhouses of tomorrow.”