Friday, May 26, 2017

Orlando Commits to Goal of 100% Clean Energy for All

Mayor Buddy Dyer yesterday issued a new proclamation endorsing a goal of powering Orlando, Florida entirely with clean and renewable energy by 2050. Mayor Dyer joins a growing coalition of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy who have similarly announced support for a goal of powering their communities with 100 percent renewable energy such as wind and solar as the community also transitions to zero emission electric transportation and safer pathways for cyclists and pedestrians. 

Dyer becomes the 63rd U.S. mayor and 8th Florida mayor to take Sierra Club’s pledge to commit his city to the goal of the complete elimination of all fossil fuel consumption. These mayors will gather at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach on June 23 to affirm their commitment. 

Mayor Dyer joins these Florida mayors who have previously taken such action on behalf of their cities:
  1. Mayor Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg
  2. Mayor Cary Glickstein, Delray Beach
  3. Mayor Philip K. Stoddard, South Miami
  4. Mayor Eugene Flinn, Palmetto Bay
  5. Mayor Philip Levine, Miami Beach
  6. Mayor Derrick Henry, Daytona Beach
  7. Mayor Judy Paul, Town of Davie
Here’s the text of the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy pledge that Mayor Dyer endorsed today:
I believe that a transition to 100 percent clean energy is good for my community: It will make us stronger, healthier, and more resilient; it will create jobs and new business opportunities; and it will allow us to become a more equitable society where everyone has opportunity in a thriving local economy. 
Nearly 200 nations have agreed, for the first time in history, that the world must achieve 100 percent renewable energy by the end of this century. In the United States, action by local government is already a significant driver of renewable energy growth because cities know firsthand that steps to reduce carbon emissions, clean the air, strengthen the economy, and improve lives. 
Positive, bipartisan, community-driven solutions are possible and already happening in our community. I will continue to work with all stakeholders to transition away from dirty energy and implement local, affordable solutions like energy efficiency, solar, wind, and pollution-free electric transportation.

Phil Compton, Senior Organizing Representative
Sierra Club's FL Healthy Air & Ready for 100 Campaigns
1990 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33712