San Diego To Be Largest U.S. City To Run Completely On Renewables

Melissa Merrick IMPACT MILL CONTRIBUTOR
San Diego

San Diego has become the largest U.S. city to commit to transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy.

The southern California city revealed an ambitious plan to go entirely renewable by 2035. The plan also includes goals to recycle and compost 90% of waste, increase the city’s tree canopy cover to 35%, and have 50% of all vehicles be electric by the goal year. The city already generates 40% of its power from renewables, so the 2035 goal is well within the scope of possibility.

San Diego is one of 20 U.S. cities to propose plans to phase out non-renewables over the next couple decades. “The movement for clean energy in cities and towns across the country is now more important than ever,” comments Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, “…clean energy works for everyone, and local leaders will continue to move forward to create more jobs, stronger communities, and cleaner air and water.”

The renewables movement is well underway, and major cities are beginning to take heed.

Melissa is an Impact Mill contributer based in Seattle with a passion for meshing the worlds of business and sustainability. Her interests include food, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, big data, and NPR. Melissa holds a B.A. in Business with a Concentration in Sustainability from ASU.