Clean Energy Launch: What you need to know
On Tuesday, April 30th we rounded out our #EarthMonth celebration with the official launch of the Georgia Sierra Club Clean Energy for All Civic Dinners series. The event, sponsored by the Georgia Sierra Club, and in partnership with the Partnership for Southern Equity, and Environment Georgia, included a panel with Marquese Averett, the Clean Energy Organizing Representative for the Georgia Sierra Club'; Chandra Farley the Director of Just Energy at the Partnership for Southern Equity; and Jenn Graham, the Founder & CEO of Civic Dinners (she’s also a CCI Fellow!) and a screening of the documentary Reinventing Power.
Here’s what we learned:
The city of Atlanta has a plan to transition to clean energy
At the forefront of this plan is a focus on equity and justice for communities that have been most impacted by pollution and climate change and that have the highest energy burden. The city’s clean energy plan was released on May 1st, 2019, and it provides different models for how the City of Atlanta’s municipal operations and the entire community can transition to 100 percent clean energy using different policies and programs. You can read the whole plan here .
Clean Energy for All - A conversation exploring what we need to do to make sure Atlanta can be powered by 100% Clean Energy by 2035.
Through a partnership with Civic Dinners, the Georgia Sierra Club plans to host community conversations about the transition plan, and how to make sure it is done in an equitable way that will succeed for years to come. The goal is to host as many dinners as possible in coffee houses, at dinner tables, in living rooms and everyone in between across Greater Atlanta over the next three months. You can sign up to host a clean energy civic dinner here
More about the documentary, Reinventing Power
Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. These stories are proof that America does not need to choose between keeping our lights on and protecting our communities. Critically, Reinventing Power underscores the notion that we don’t have to sacrifice jobs for a clean environment. Supporting a clean energy future means building a better, more prosperous future for everyone. Over the film’s 50 minutes, you’ll meet people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry while exploring various aspects of the clean energy industry from innovation to installation.