City Commission Moves Toward Supporting 100 Percent Renewable Energy Pledge

Coconut Telegraph

SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY JUN 17, 2017

The City Commission unanimously authorized proceeding to join the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources. With community input, staff will draft a resolution calling for City of Sarasota municipal operations to be powered by renewable energy sources by 2030.  A community-wide target to convert to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 also will be included.  The City Commission is scheduled to give final approval to the resolution during its next regular meeting on June 19. Environmental preservation and sustainability are top priorities in the City Commission’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, including establishing a climate adaptation plan and supporting renewable energy generation within City operations. "Signing on to “Ready for 100” will solidify Sarasota's commitment to sustainability and to implementing concrete, local solutions that decrease our carbon emissions,” said Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager.  “It will provide structure for the City to look seriously at how we can transition our community to 100 percent clean energy.  We look forward to working with community members to identify strategies to reach this ambitious goal.”

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