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Novato Pledges Move to 100% Clean Energy
At their September 12 meeting, the Novato City Council unanimously voted to join the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, an initiative of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign, which calls on all Mayors in cities and towns across the United States to support a vision of 100% clean and renewable energy for their communities. Novato is the first city in Marin to endorse this community-wide goal of transitioning to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050.
In June, the United States Conference of Mayors, representing over 1,400 cities, adopted a historic resolution establishing support for the 100% clean and renewable energy goal in all member cities nationwide. Novato now joins the ranks of other Bay Area cities including San Jose, San Francisco, and Palo Alto committed to this goal.
“As Mayor, it gives me great pride to have brought this item forward for our Council to consider,” said Mayor Denise Athas. “Novato is a true leader in this important effort. Now, more than ever, it's critical to have local control on important climate issues that affect our future and the future of generations to come."
In recent months, Novato has taken many steps to address climate change and to demonstrate its commitment to becoming a sustainable city. In July 2017, the City also joined the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda to raise the collective voice of cities working towards climate solutions and to build the political will for U.S. leadership on climate change.
“Novato continues to be at the forefront of sustainability,” said City Manager Regan Candelario. “Whether it was integrating recycled water into our irrigation systems, converting our streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs, or being a leader in Green Building standards, our goal has always been to reduce our impact on the environment and improve Novatans quality of life.”
The City also recently hired its first Sustainability Coordinator, Gretchen Schubeck, who will be working full time to implement the City’s Climate Action Plan and help the City and its residents reduce their collective carbon footprint.
Max Perrey, Chair of the Sierra Club Marin Group, enthusiastically endorsed the City's action by saying, "The Sierra Club is proud of the action taken by the Novato City Council. From joining MCE's 100% renewable Deep Green option for municipal energy use, to hiring a full-time Sustainability Coordinator, Novato is already making strides this year towards the clean energy future that we need.”
“The time to act on climate change is now, and the Sierra Club is proud to count Novato among the over 150 cities to sign onto the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign to have 100% energy use within the city limits come from renewable energy sources. Setting the goal is just the first step towards the hard work of implementation. We look forward to working with the Mayor, Councilmembers and City staff to make this goal a reality."