Creating space for transformative conversations

Renewable Cities releases its North American Dialogue Report on 100% Renewable Energy in Cities

October 13, 2016

Hosted in San Francisco, July 10–12, this first-of-its-kind dialogue was designed to support leading and learning cities as they explore mutual resources and share ideas towards the shift to 100% renewable energy.

Thanks to our sponsors, the California Clean Energy Fund and SunPower, and partners, Sierra Club, ICLEI USA, and the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Renewable Cities brought together mayors, councillors and supervisors, energy managers, engineers, planners, sustainability directors, economic development officers, private industry, and other NGOs from as far west as New Hampshire and Ontario, all along the west coast, from San Diego up to Vancouver, and several states in between.   

Speakers from Stanford, Apple, Google, US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab, and more, joined participants in discovering the advantages of renewable energy and busted a few myths along the way:

  • Good business and a commitment to fight climate change are not at odds.
  • 100% renewable energy is not only possible, but can improve the livability of communities and grow local economies.
  • Participants also realized they are not alone; cities have each other, the private sector, researchers, NGOs, and 100% renewable energy networks and campaigns for support.

For more about the outcomes of the North American Dialogue on 100% Renewable Energy in Cities, you can explore the project website. Cities are keeping up the momentum by joining Sierra Club's #Readyfor100 campaign and tapping into resources and tools through ICLEI's 100% Renewable Energy Network. Also, Renewable Cities' Global Learning Forum 2017 takes place in Vancouver May 17–19, 2017, which draws global actors ready to engage in dialogue on 100% renewable energy in municipalities.