Cities are a core driver of climate change, accounting for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and over two-thirds of energy consumption. Because of this, cities have the opportunity to be on the forefront of tackling climate change by leading the charge to renewable energy. In fact, more and more U.S. cities have set and started acting upon their own clean energy goals.
The American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables AcceleratorExit, co-led by World Resources Institute (WRI) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is a program that helps U.S. cities meet – or beat – their near-term carbon reduction goals with cutting-edge technical support and resources. One of these resources is a new tool that tracks renewable energy transactions and engagement efforts made by local governments since 2015.
This webinar highlighted local government clean energy trends across the U.S. and showcase the Renewables Accelerator’s Local Government Renewables Action Tracker along with other tools and resources to help cities move forward on procuring clean energy themselves. Representatives from WRI and RMI, alongside guest speakers from local governments, discussed how the Renewables Accelerator is helping local governments explore and access their available green power supply options.
Speakers & Presentations:
- Christopher Kent, Program manager, EPA Green Power Partnership
- Lacey Shaver, Renewable Energy Manager, World Resources Institute
- Steve Abbott, Carbon-Free Cities and States Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute
- Heather Bolick, Energy & Sustainability Coordinator, City of Charlotte & Katie Riddle, Sustainability Analyst, City of Charlotte
- Patricia Gomez, Sustainability Program Manager, Miami-Dade County
- Presentation - Local Government Clean Energy Trends and Resources (PDF)(39 pp, 6 MB, 7/8/2020)