North American Dialogue: 100% Renewable Energy in Cities

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BACKGROUND

A growing number of cities and communities around the globe have embraced the idea of a new and different kind of future, and the movement is taking hold in North America. In this future, clean and equitable renewable energy feeds a prosperous local economy and builds community ties.

In partnership with the Sierra Club, ICLEI USA, and the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Renewable Cities convened a three-day dialogue from July 10-12, 2016 in San Francisco that brought together a group of cities from around North America to discuss the transition 100% renewable energy. Participants included senior municipal staff and elected officials, members of the private sector, researchers, city networks, and other leaders in the urban sustainability field.

This event was intentionally limited to a small number of municipalities from throughout North America, some already committed to the 100% renewable energy transition in at least one sector, and others demonstrating an appetite for the shift through ambitious policies. Our gathering offered an opportunity for cities to learn about the tools, programs, research, resources (see below) and best practices needed to reach these energy goals.  Through dialogue, participants discussed the challenges specific to their cities and helped each other work through different strategies to achieve an urban energy transition. Participants reported interesting shifts in their knowledge and thinking:

  • “I was focused on electricity only and learned there is more to it than that.”
  • “It was good to talk to other people from across the country and Canada to get their perspectives and struggles/successes.”
  • “We’re not alone. It’s an opportunity to be a leader.”

Participants also heard from RE100 companies, including Apple and Google, about why and how they are moving to 100% renewable energy.

OUTCOMES REPORT

We have endeavoured to capture the conversation and ideas generated from the North American Dialogue. Download the Outcomes Report in web or print versions (PDF).

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RESOURCES

Photos from the event are available in a Flickr album.

Presentations:

Other resources discussed during the dialogue are available below:

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Featured Contributors

Scott Wiener is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and serves on the Board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee and Budget and Finance Committee.

Scott Wiener is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and serves on the Board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee and Budget and Finance Committee.

Lisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is on the Board of The Solutions Project, served on an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy

Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is on the Board of The Solutions Project, served on an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy

Andrea Reimer was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014 on a commitment to make Vancouver the “Greenest City on Earth”. She had previously served as a School Board member with the Green Party from 2002–2005.

Andrea Reimer was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014 on a commitment to make Vancouver the “Greenest City on Earth”. She had previously served as a School Board member with the Green Party from 2002–2005.

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Header image courtesy of Flickr user warzauwynn. Inset images courtesy of Dockside Green and Flickr users sdot_photos 

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