Updated Alert: Success! Santa Barbara Becomes 30th City in U.S. to set 100% Renewable Energy Goal
Citizens turned out in record numbers to show support for renewable energy, filling the council chambers, overflow room, and even a balcony. In a 5-1 vote, City Council committed to setting a goal of achieving 100% renewable energy by 2030. Learn more about the hearing and what’s next in the articles below, and stay tuned to CEC for opportunities to further support this new citywide goal.
Santa Barbara Votes for 100 Percent Renewable Energy. Santa Barbara Independent
Attend the Santa Barbara City Council meeting Tuesday, June 6 to voice support for a 100% renewable energy goal.
The item will likely be heard sometime between 2:30-5 p.m. at City Hall, 735 Anacapa St., upstairs in the Council Chambers. If you can’t come right at 2:30, or don’t want to speak, please arrive when you can to fill the room and show this action is important to the community. If you fill out a speaker slip, keep comments brief and focus on why 100% renewable energy is important to you. See the agenda and staff report at http://www.santabarbaraca.
Personalize a message to City Council.
With federal climate action eroding, cities around the nation are stepping up as leaders in the fight against climate change by setting a goal of 100% renewable energy. Let’s join them.
We are lucky to live in the top state for climate leadership, and California has robust programs that are working well to combat climate change. Our programs are often copied by other states and internationally. Subnational leadership is working.
Cities are also stepping up and showing leadership. By setting a 100% renewable energy goal, our local cities will commit to developing renewable energy projects on their own feasible sites, and may also contract for new utility scale renewable energy to be built in California. This new renewable energy will go above and beyond our state goals, and will help the solar and renewables industry add jobs and continue sizzling growth. By setting local 100% renewable energy goals, we show leadership to other cities, encouraging them to also join the movement.
- Write a letter in support of 100% renewable energy goals.
We have included sample letter below, but a personalized letter is more likely to be read and taken seriously. Feel free to add and edit the text to make it your own.
- Send your letter to Santa Barbara city officials.
Click and choose which officials to send your letter to, and hit “submit”. You will receive a copy of your letter via email.
- Send a similar letter to Goleta city officials.