We all know that burning oil, gas, and coal has polluted our air, water, and land for decades – and now it’s changing the climate even faster than scientists feared it would.
We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for ourselves and generations to come. 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
A 100 percent clean energy future means shifting from dirty energy to completely clean energy sources wherever and however we can. Renewable energy is abundant,
We could power the nation ten times over with available wind resources, and existing solar potential provides more than 100 times our current energy needs.
Between 2009 and 2014, the cost of solar electricity in the United States fell by 78% and the cost of wind energy dropped 58%.
Major corporations including Google, Facebook, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, and Coca-Cola have committed to powering their operations entirely with renewable energy.
Standing in the way of this progress, of course, are the fossil fuel companies. Time and time again they have demonstrated their ability and willingness to block the shift to clean energy wanted by most Americans. Despite all of their hard work, we’re making progress.
We’ve been organizing to get our college campuses, cities, and states to make commitments towards 100% clean, renewable energy. By mobilizing students, faculty, campus administration, and elected officials; and demonstrating excitement in our communities for clean energy, we can and have seen results.
In Fall 2018, we won our campaign to pass SB100, which committed the state of California to getting 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Days after the state legislature passed SB100, the UC system committed to 100% clean electricity by 2025 and cited CALPIRG’s 100% renewable energy campaign as a reason why they made the commitment.
Now, we are continuing our work to move our state towards 100% clean energy by turning our focus to the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our state, transportation.
The California Air Resources Board is planning on voting on a proposal for 100% electric buses in California by 2040 and we are working to show student support for a YES vote on 100% electric buses in California. We are working to get our campuses to commit to 100% renewable energy with a new focus on getting campuses to commit to having 100% electric bus fleets by 2030. We are also working with our surrounding cities and school districts to make commitments for 100% electric buses by 2030. We are showing support from students, faculty, and parents, as well as meeting with administrators and elected officials to make 100% clean energy commitments.