Fayetteville recognized for clean energy goals

Fayetteville was one of 10 cities recognized this year by the Sierra Club for its ambitious commitments to be powered with 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

The organization’s Ready For 100 report provides examples on how leaders can power their cities with 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Fayetteville was the first city in Arkansas to commit to 100 percent clean energy in its Energy Action Plan.

The plan, which was adopted in January, outlines ways that Fayetteville can power all government operations with 100 percent clean energy by 2030 and the entire community by 2050. It provides a framework for the city’s ongoing efforts to be a resource- and energy-efficient community, and addresses local effects of climate change, energy efficiency efforts, and clean energy production.

“Cities are taking meaningful steps to realize a vision for healthy, vibrant, and more equitable communities powered with 100 percent clean energy,” said Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 campaign. “A transition to 100 percent clean energy is within reach, and together we can create a new energy economy that transforms not only how we power our country but also who has power to decide what’s best for our communities.”

According to the report, more than 80 U.S. cities have now committed to transition to 100 percent clean energy, including big cities like Atlanta, Georgia and small towns such as Abita Springs, Louisiana. At least six U.S. cities have already achieved 100 percent clean energy and are powered today with entirely renewable sources.

Other cities listed in the 2018 report include: Columbia, South Carolina; Concord, New Hampshire; Denton, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Norman, Oklahoma; Orlando, Florida; Santa Barbara, California; and St. Louis, Missouri.