Environment America Blog

It’s been inspiring to see the many examples of recent progress toward our goal of 100 percent renewable energy. But, it’s important to remember that we’re all standing on the shoulders of committed people who have forged the path. There is, perhaps no better example than S. David Freeman. 

To achieve our goal of 100% renewables, we need smart strategies that combine energy savings with renewable energy. A great place to start is getting the buildings where we live and work to generate as much energy as they use (net-zero energy). 

Every day we see evidence that the clean energy transition we’ve worked so hard to achieve is underway. Nowhere is it more obvious than the growing number of major corporations making plans to move to 100 percent renewables. 

Meeting all of a school’s energy needs with 100 percent renewable energy is not only great for the environment, but allows schools to save money on electric bills and invest more in teachers, technology, and textbooks. And, it shows communities the feasibility and benefits, while providing valuable lessons for our children!

Last year, building on the success of cities already powered by 100 percent renewable energy, more cities made the commitment to get all of their energy from clean sources.

Did you know that, if the Internet were a country, it would rank sixth in the world for energy consumption?  Greenpeace’s "Click Clean" Campaign highlights the energy consumption of the Internet; driven by the massive energy needs of a rapidly growing number of data centers.  

On Monday, the Supreme Court removed a major roadblock to 100 percent clean energy when they rejected an attempt by power plant owners to block a rule that values energy savings as much as power generated. 

A small college in western Massachusetts recently announced plans to get all of its power from the sun. Hampshire College, located in Amherst, will be the first residential college powered by 100% renewable energy. 

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy.  

We know that we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.