January 20, 2016
Declaration of local leadership for 100% clean energy communities
We, local elected officials and leaders from across the United States, inspired by the historic global climate agreement reached at COP21 and participation of local governments across the globe, reaffirm our commitment to rapidly advance climate action and boost the clean energy economy in our communities. Climate change is our common challenge and advancing climate solutions is a shared responsibility, and a matter of rights, equality and social justice.
A transition to renewable energy presents one of the greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century, will protect public health, and share energy production and supply more equitably.
Given that cities around the world are home to half the global population and their activities generate two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, local and regional leaders have an important role to play in charting the course to a low carbon future.
We acknowledge that ambitious solutions implemented locally can spread globally, and so we agree to bring the cooperation demonstrated in Paris back to our local communities to engage in partnerships among ourselves, with the private sector and with civil society to accelerate equitable climate and clean energy solutions here at home. By supporting 100% clean energy, as public officials we can create jobs, invigorate local economies, and protect clean air, water and our climate.
We—the undersigned elected officials—commit collectively to support an ambitious goal to transition our communities to 100% renewable energy.
Mayor Steve Skadron
City of Aspen, Colorado
Supervisor Larry Cantwell
Town of East Hampton, New York