July 23, 2018

A new solar-powered community hub in Buffalo, a pledge to 100% renewable energy in Denver, and early record-setting emissions reductions in California all point to the same thing: clean energy is starting locally and having a national impact.

Renewable energy brings California emissions below 1990 levels

California has beat its 2020 target for emissions reductions four years early mostly thanks to more renewable energy. Last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that the state’s GHG emissions had fallen to 429 million metric tons in 2016. This is below the 431 metric tons emitted in 1990 for the first time this century, and as such beats the state’s goal for emissions reductions four years early.

Los Angeles, CA faces some of the worst GHG pollution in the nation. Learn about efforts to ensure social justice for communities most impacted at SCOPE.

Denver Pledges 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030

Denver’s Mayor has pledged that the city will source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This makes Denver the 73rd city in the US to commit to a 100% renewable energy target. The city’s bold 80×50 plan — 80% fewer emissions by 2050 — also covers the decarbonization of transport and a reduction in building energy use, with municipal buildings, fleets, and energy use leading the charge.

Most Native Americans in Colorado live in the Denver-metropolitan region. To learn about Native communities working toward a just clean energy future visit Native Organizers Alliance.


Buffalo elementary school gets second life as solar-powered community hub

In Buffalo, New York, an unused elementary school has been transformed into what local leaders are calling an “energy democracy” building. The center, called School 77,  is complete with community space for seniors and children, offices for nonprofits, as well as low-income housing and a massive community solar project. The project, which aims to turn the school into something even more central to the neighborhood and its future, is demonstrating that “those closest to the problem are also closest to the solution.”

This project is brought to you by grantee PUSH Buffalo! To learn more about their work on economic and environmental justice in the Rust Belt visit PUSH Buffalo.