On May 21st, 2019, the Athens Clarke-County Mayor and Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to commit ACC’s energy to come from clean and renewable sources by 2035.
The resolution outline 5 actions that the City will follow:
The Unified Government of Athens‐Clarke County will obtain 100% of its energy needs from clean and renewable energy sources produced on‐or‐for Unified Government properties by 2035, and it will decrease the use of third‐party renewable energy certificates to not more than 40% of its total energy portfolio by 2050
The community of Athens‐Clarke County will obtain 100% of its electricity needs from clean and renewable sources by 2035, and all other energy needs will be met by 100% clean and renewable energy sources by 2050
These efforts will work in a manner to redress historical inequities in our community
The Unified Government of Athens‐Clarke County commits itself to developing a clean energy action plan within 18 months of the adoption of this resolution
The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County urges the Athens-Clarke County Pension Board and the Athens-Clarke County Deferred Compensation Board to re-evaluate its position about the role fossil fuels play in Athens-Clarke County employees’ retirement funds and how they impact the health of ACC retirees’ investments, and continue reviewing fossil fuel divestment strategies.
Now that this resolution has passed, with the help of many departments in ACCGov, the Mayor and Commission, the Community Advisory Board, Greenlink Analytics, and Southface Institute, the Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce the launch of the Planning and Development phase of the Renewable Plan.
Renewable and clean energy plans take on different forms and implementations due to the diverse and unique challenges that different cities across the U.S. face. That is why this phase is so important; by working with the local community, the Office of Sustainability can build a map that will guide Athens-Clarke County towards the most effective renewable policies and technologies that are best-suited for the community's needs.
From Left to Right: C. Davenport, C. Edwards, C. Denson, C. NeSmith, M. Girtz, 100% Songster, C. Hamby, C. Wright, C. Thornton, 100% Songster, E.G. Gayer, 100% Ritzler, 100% Onyioha, 100% Myers, C. Link, C. Parker, G.E Averett
Mayor Kelly Girtz signing the Sierra Club's Mayors Commitment
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