Environment America Blog
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 percent clean, renewable energy.
Not only do we know a complete transformation to clean energy is possible, it’s already happening in cities across the country. Here are three examples.
Burlington, Vermont, the state’s largest city, became the first city in the United States to be powered entirely by solar, wind and other forms of clean energy in 2014.
Greensburg, Kansas followed. In the wake of destruction by extreme weather in 2007, the town rallied and committed to rebuilding itself with highly energy-efficient buildings powered by clean energy. Now, all of the electricity used in the City of Greensburg is wind energy and the city boasts the most LEED certified buildings per capita in the United States.
Wind farm in Greensburg, Kansas. Photo: Union of Concerned Scientists
Last year, Aspen, Colorado became the third city in the U.S. to be run on 100 percent clean energy, using solar energy, wind energy from both Nebraska and South Dakota, as well as some hydropower from within Colorado.
Photo: Aspen Solar
Cities have been leading the charge on sustainability for decades. Now, they’re showing the way on renewable energy.
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