(USA)

Orlando is the 40th American city to commit to moving to 100% renewable energy.

Yesterday’s unanimous vote by the Orlando City Commission backed calls to do so by 2050. The decision was greeted with delight by members of the First 50 Coalition – a group spearheaded by the League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC), which supports a sustainable future for central Florida.

“Today, Orlando takes its place on the regional, state and national stage as a forward-thinking city committed to a healthier, sustainable future,” said LWVOC Co-President Carol Davis. “This is a first, important step, and we plan to continue to support and encourage the City to follow with concrete measures that solidify this commitment.”

The pledge follows hot on the heels of Olympia’s recent announcement that it plans to go green by 2035 – as cities and states across the US continue to support the transition to sustainable energy.