December 31, 2018

As we start a new year, Colorado, Massachusetts, and DC are making big changes for a clean energy future.

100% Renewable Energy Bill Passes In Washington, DC

The city of Washington, DC has passed the most ambitious renewable energy policy in the country. The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018, passed by the DC City Council just before Christmas, implements a 100% renewable energy target by 2032 (14 years from now), with a 10% solar energy carve-out by 2041, and also mandates zero-emissions public transportation by 2045.

As more Americans get behind solar energy, help ensure new solar projects support the communities they’re built in. Visit Solar United Neighbors to learn more.

Massachusetts adds 1,500 workers to renewable energy sector

Massachusetts has added 1,500 workers to the state’s renewable energy workforce in the past year, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center,  a state economic development agency. The report found the renewable energy industry employs residents in every region of Massachusetts and makes up 3.1 percent of the state workforce, contributing $13 billion to the state economy.

To learn more about the movement in the Midwest to create people-powered  clean energy and green jobs, visit Soulardarity in Detroit, Michigan.

Colorado Governor-Elect Pushes For 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Colorado’s incoming governor, Jared Polis, is among a number of state Democratic leaders pledging more action on climate as the Trump administration pulls back. Polis campaigned for 100% renewable energy in the state by 2040 and is pushing for electric utilities to use more renewables, larger community solar gardens, and limiting carbon emissions from large companies. He will have a lot of political support for his goals, since Democrats took control of the Colorado state House and Senate in the recent midterms, but he’s looking to win over Republicans, too.

Energy policy change is great, but how does it affect Native Americans? For an indigenous  perspective to funding and activism, check out Native Americans in Philanthropy.