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Our Campaigns

100% Renewable

Campaign Goal: Convince campuses, cities, and state leaders to commit to 100% renewable energy.
We’re promoting a bold and clear vision of a greener, healthier world, one powered solely by clean, renewable energy. We’re also taking concrete steps right now that will bring us closer to the world we want to live in. Our 100% Renewable campaign is focused on three arenas in which we can make the most immediate progress: college and university campuses, cities, and states.
100% Renewable: College & university campuses

America’s more than 5,000 universities, colleges and community colleges are big energy consumers, with large buildings, many of which are open 24/7. At the same time, college campuses are largely self-contained communities, and therefore better able to find ways to generate all the power they need from clean, renewable sources—especially given the expertise among their faculty and the enthusiasm among their students for going green.

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Cornell University and Boston University are among the campuses that already have committed to going 100 percent renewable.

Our organizers are working with campus communities to achieve these goals. To date, more than 350 faculty members nationwide have supported us in calling for commitments to 100 percent renewable energy—many of whom will prove to be valuable allies when we ask local and state government leaders to consider taking similar action.

To lay the foundation for this critical work, we have produced and distributed a series of reports and factsheets, including Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools to Move Your Campus to 100% Clean Energy; spoken at conferences to students, faculty and administrators; and partnered with Second Nature, the leaders of the President’s Climate Commitments.

100% Renewable: Cities & states

Lowell, Salem, and Cambridge are among the more than 170 cities nationwide that have already committed to going 100 percent renewable. Our advocates and organizers are working right now to persuade more cities in our state to join their ranks.

Boston, MA / National Environmental Energy Laboratory Photo

We're also supporting clean energy legislation in Massachusetts:

The 100% Clean Act (HD.3551, SD.2205), filed by Rep. Marjorie Decker, Rep. Sean Garballey, and Sen. Joseph Boncore, will transition Massachusetts to 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and 100 percent clean heating and transportation by 2045. 

The Better Buildings Act (HD.3385, SD.2114), filed by Rep. Maria Robinson and Sen. Becca Rausch, will reduce energy use and harmful pollution from existing large buildings.

The GREEN Act (HD.3029, SD.2306), filed by Rep. Natalie Higgins, Rep. Michael Kushmerek, and Sen. Brendan Crighton, will retrofit low- and moderate-income housing in Gateway Cities to be efficient, fossil-fuel-free, and powered with renewable electricity.

The Solar Neighborhoods Act (HD.3098, SD.159), filed by Rep. Mike Connolly, Rep. Jack Lewis, and Sen. Jamie Eldridge, will require solar roofs on new homes and commercial buildings.

Across the country, we’re finding bipartisan support for action on clean energy. Our national team of researchers, advocates, members and activists have won significant progress on clean energy over the past few decades, including policies that have resulted in greater energy efficiency, more wind power and more solar power in 25 states.

Currents of energy and hope

Robert F. Kennedy once said that each time we stand up for an ideal, we send forth a “tiny ripple of hope.”

Imagine ripples of energy emanating from each new campus or each new city or town that commits to 100 percent renewable power. Imagine these ripples converging into a great current that reaches every corner of our country and shines a beacon of hope to the rest of the world. That’s what this campaign is all about.