September 24, 2018

In Ohio and New Jersey, and from coast-to-coast, communities are stepping up for 100% renewable energy and environmental justice!

A Bus Tour through the Past, Present and Future of Environmental Justice

A new freedom ride logged its last mile when it pulled into San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit earlier this month. The “Freedom to Breathe” bus covered 5,000 miles coast-to-coast from Atlanta to California this year, stopping along the way to witness how climate change disproportionately affects poor communities and people of color and highlight grassroots solutions to environmental degradation.

The Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice focuses how pollution affects the most vulnerable. Learn more about their work on social change and justice here.

Cleveland commits to 100% renewable electricity by 2050

The City of Cleveland is the first municipality in Ohio to commit to powering itself with 100% clean and renewable electricity. The city’s 2018 Climate Action Plan details how the “green city on a blue lake” will “move away from dirty fossil fuels towards an equitable energy system powered by renewable sources like wind and solar, 100% by 2050.”

To learn more about the movement in the Midwest to create people-powered clean        energy and green jobs, check out Detroit’s Soulardarity.

New Jersey opens bidding for 1.1GW of offshore wind

New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has approved an order to open solicitation for 1.1GW worth of offshore wind projects. 1.1 GW is enough energy to power more than half a million homes and the largest ever solicitation of its kind for a US state.  New Jersey currently has a goal to be powered 100% by clean energy by 2050 and an offshore wind capacity goal of 3.5GW by 2030.

To learn more about a just transition to clean energy in the Northeast, visit the New York Energy Democracy Alliance.