(USA)

A new initiative has been launched to inspire American cities to commit to a future that is 100% renewable.

The move by Mayors nationwide is part of the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy project supported by the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign. The Sierra Club, formed by Scot, John Muir in 1892, is America’s leading environmental organisation.

“As mayor of Miami Beach, I am proud to support a vision of 100% clean energy for my community. Our vibrant, historic city will be a model for other communities around the world on the importance of addressing the threat of climate change. We have already taken steps to expand renewable energy and we will continue to improve our infrastructure and innovate clean energy solutions for a stronger Miami Beach,” said Mayor Philip Levine of Miami Beach, Florida.  “Climate change may be the challenge of our generation, but it is also the opportunity of a lifetime. The transition to clean and renewable energy will both help Miami Beach confront climate change and strengthen our local economy. Cities can lead the way and, as Co-Chair of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy I am honored to stand with mayors across the country in supporting 100 percent clean energy.”

Sierra Club Executive Director, Michael Brune added: “Mayors can lead our nation toward a healthier, stronger and more prosperous country by championing a vision of 100 percent clean, renewable energy in their communities. Cities don’t need to wait for Washington, D.C. to act in order to move the ball forward on clean energy. The Sierra Club applauds those mayors who have already endorsed a goal of 100 percent clean energy and we look forward to working with local leaders in cities across the country to accelerate the transition away from dirty fuels to clean and renewable sources of energy.”

To date 26 US cities have said they will work to make the shift to 100% clean and renewable energy.