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100% Renewable

Campaign Goal: Convince campuses and cities across Ohio to go 100 percent renewable.

Out with the old

For decades, we have had the power to harness clean, abundant energy from the sun and the wind. In 2021, it can be done more efficiently and cheaply than ever before. Yet we’re still producing, consuming and wasting energy in ways that do lasting damage to our environment and our health — fracking for gas near schools instead of putting solar panels on their roofs; drilling for oil near beaches instead of harnessing the winds that blow offshore; and burning coal, oil and gas instead of powering our homes, cars and lives with clean, renewable energy.

A bold vision, achieved one step at a time

We’re promoting a bold and clear vision of a greener, healthier world powered solely by clean, renewable energy. We’re setting goals and advocating for solutions that match the scale of the challenges we face.

At the same time, our strategy takes into account the challenges of achieving such deep change. We are focused on moving the needle one step at a time, through incremental victories in a variety of forums -- states, cities, corporations, and college campuses.

100% Renewable: College & university campuses

America’s more than 5,000 universities, colleges and community colleges are big energy consumers, with large buildings, many of which are open 24/7. At the same time, college campuses are largely self-contained communities, and therefore better able to find ways to generate all the power they need from clean, renewable sources—especially given the expertise among their faculty and the enthusiasm among their students for going green.

Cornell University, Green Mountain College and Colorado State University are among the campuses that already have committed to going 100 percent renewable. Our campaign goal is to expand that number here in Ohio.

Our organizers are working with campus communities to achieve these goals. To date, more than 350 faculty members nationwide have supported us in calling for commitments to 100 percent renewable energy—many of whom will prove to be valuable allies when we ask local and state government leaders to consider taking similar action.

To lay the foundation for this critical work, we have produced and distributed a series of reports and factsheets, including Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools to Move Your Campus to 100% Clean Energy; spoken at conferences to students, faculty and administrators; and partnered with Second Nature, the leaders of the President’s Climate Commitments.

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100% Renewable: Cities & states

By thinking globally and acting locally, we can make huge steps forward to clean up our energy supply. Mayors, governors and others can take the initiative on clean, renewable energy.

San Diego, Atlanta and St. Petersburg, Fla., are among the more than 50 cities nationwide that have already committed to going 100 percent renewable. Our state and local advocates and organizers are working right now to persuade more cities in our state to join their ranks.

Boston, MA / National Environmental Energy Laboratory Photo

Outside of the Washington, D.C., bubble, we’re finding bipartisan support for action on clean energy. Our national team of researchers, advocates, members and activists have won significant progress on clean energy over the past few decades, including policies that have resulted in greater energy efficiency, more wind power and more solar power in 25 states. With Washington’s leadership missing or counterproductive, now is the time to rally our local and state leaders to think bigger and act more boldly.

Currents of energy and hope

Robert F. Kennedy once said that each time we stand up for an ideal, we send forth a “tiny ripple of hope.”

Imagine ripples of energy emanating from each new campus or each new city or town that commits to 100 percent renewable power. Imagine these ripples converging into a great current that reaches every corner of our country and shines a beacon of hope to the rest of the world. That’s what this campaign is all about.

Act Now

All of us should do what we can in our own homes to conserve and use energy more efficiently, and promote solar and wind power. But with a problem this big, of course we need to do more.

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