Resources for Sustainability: 10 Ready-for-100 Case Studies
An increasing number of case studies support a transition to 100% renewables, with political, economic, environmental, and other factors contributing to successful models.
Team Gemini develops projects based on the understanding that a variety of technologies are ultimately needed to provide a fully closed-loop, sustainable model for industries and communities. No single renewable energy technology can meet all sustainability demands, with a combination of technologies providing the best benefits based on different synergies (like AD and CHP units providing combined benefits of electricity and thermal energy, energy storage, and waste remediation).
In an effort to showcase and support successful cities and regions pursuing increased sustainability, the Sierra Club launched the Ready for 100 Campaign. “The Ready For 100 campaign is challenging 100 cities across the United States to set a target of 100% clean energy.”
It’s important to note that these examples focus primarily on electricity generation, whereas full-fledged sustainability also incorporates many features, technologies, and methods dealing with water conservation and wastewater treatment, bio-products conversion and processing, waste remediation, sustainable agriculture, and much more.
Cities have long been the hotbed of innovation, the drivers of change, the incubators of solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Clean energy is the latest example of how leadership at the local level is pushing the envelope at a critical juncture.
This report showcases 10 U.S. cities that have made ambitious commitments to be powered by 100% renewable energy.
For a variety of reasons and in diverse circumstances, public officials and community leaders see the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy not as an obligation but as an opportunity. Cities powered by 100% clean energy save taxpayer dollars, help their residents save money, create good jobs, and foster a better quality of life. They are catalysts for a new economy and clean energy future.
CLEAN ENERGY: While there are many definitions for the term “clean energy,” in this report we specifically mean carbon- and pollution-free energy collected from renewable, sustainably harvested sources, such as wind, solar, hydro, tidal, and geothermal, as well as energy efficiency. Our definition does not include natural gas, nuclear, or any carbon-based energy source.
|City/Location||Overall Goal/Progress||Renewables Highlights|
|Aspen, CO||100% Renewable Electricity (Achieved 2015)||
|Burlington, VT||100% Renewable Electricity (Achieved 2014)||
|East Hampton, NY||100% Renewable Electricity By 2020; Heating/Cooling And Transportation By 2030||
|Georgetown, TX||100% Renewable Electricity By 2017||
|Grand Rapids, MI||100% Renewable Electricity By 2020 (Status: 25% In 2013)||
|Greensburg, KS||100% Renewable Electricity (Achieved 2013)||
|Rochester, MN||100% Renewable Electricity By 2031||
|San Jose, CA||100% Renewable Electricity By 2022 (Status: 24% 2013)||
|San Diego, CA||100% Renewable Electricity By 2035 (Status: 33% In 2014)||
|San Francisco, CA||100% Renewable Electricity By 2030||
Supporting and developing a closed-loop, 100%-sustainable infrastructure is among Team Gemini’s primary endeavors. Many technologies ultimately contribute to this goal, including the appropriation of waste as a source for (electric and thermal) energy production, in addition to valuable commodities like biofuels, fertilizer, compost and more. Additionally, Team Gemini closely examines and implements methods of minimizing or even eliminating any pollution and environmental impacts, including protecting and treating valuable water resources and implementing sustainable agriculture.
For a full listing of Team Gemini sustainability tools and resources, please visit our resources page at http://teamgemini.us/resources/.