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Ready for 100

In January of 2016, the Sierra Club launched a nation-wide campaign called Ready for 100. The goal of the Ready for 100 campaign is to accelerate an equitable transition to 100% renewable energy by advocating for ambitious leadership at the local level.

We now know that it is both technologically and economically feasible to make the transition to 100% renewable energy. Professor Mark Jacobson, from Stanford University, has published research focused on the feasibility of this transition. What we’re missing is political will– and that’s why this campaign is so important.

Nation-wide, grassroots movements are influencing cities, regions, and states to commit to 100% of their energy coming from renewable sources for all three sectors by 2050 and for the electric grid by 2030. There are already seventeen cities in the U.S. that have committed to 100% renewable energy. The Sierra Club released a report in August highlighting 10 cities that have already made the transition to 100% renewable energy, and how they accomplished it. 

Ready for 100 in the Upper Valley

The Sierra Club Upper Valley Group applied for grant funding last fall to become part of this nationwide effort and was selected to join this exciting campaign. Our core team is made up of members from various local groups, like Energy & Climate-Upper Valley, Sustainable Hanover, the Sierra Club Upper Valley Group, the Donella Meadows Institute, Vital Communities, a few local energy committees, and more. While our campaign initially began in Hanover, we are excited to start expanding the campaign across many towns in the Upper Valley. We see this as a great opportunity for energy committees and community members to network, share approaches, challenges, accomplishments, goals, research and more.

This photo was taken at our campaign launch on August 17th, 2016 Photo Credit: Rob Strong

Photo Credit: Rob Strong

We launched our campaign on Wednesday August 17th with an aerial art photo on the Dartmouth Green (photo credit: Rob Strong.) Over 125 people, representing 23 towns throughout the Upper Valley took part in the photo to support 100% renewable energy. This photo sends a powerful message to our community leaders and leaders across the country– we’re ready to transition to a more sustainable and just future.

We also have a Study Group meeting to read and learn more. Our fist meeting was on October 17.

Our Goals in the Upper Valley

In the spring of 2017, we aim to have the town of Hanover and Dartmouth College commit to 100% of their energy coming from renewable sources for all three sectors (heat, transportation, electricity) by 2050 and for the electric grid by 2030. By the spring of 2018, we aim to have many of the surrounding towns in the Upper Valley make the same commitment.

 

Join Our Team

We were thrilled to see the overwhelming community support at our aerial art photo, but this is just the beginning. If we’re going to make this transition a reality, we’re going to need to stand up as a community and region to demand that we stop investing in fossil fuels and commit to powering the Upper Valley with 100% renewable energy.
In the first year of the campaign we need everyone’s help to build momentum as we gather more knowledge, share stories, visions, and facts about how the transition can happen. We know that change happens when more and more people speak out– so please help us spread the word.

 

We’d love for you to get involved! Here are just a few of the ways that you can help build this movement:

  • Community Outreach: help with communication, write letters, talk to your neighbors, connect with local organizations, and more.
  • Events: Help plan a fall harvest-festival for 100%, organize panel events and speakers, show up at Ready for 100 gatherings, help with logistics for events, etc.
  • Research: Help gather facts and success stories that demonstrate how feasible and within reach the transition to solar, wind, small hydro, wave and tidal is.  (Check out The Solutions Project for some ideas about what 100% renewable energy looks like in VT & NH.) 

Let us know if you think of more– we’ll be continuing to add to this list.

If you’re curious to learn more about this project, or would like to attend an upcoming meeting or event, please email the Upper Valley Ready for 100 community organizer, Ally Samuell: allyson.samuell@sierraclub.org.

And, like us on Facebook to follow our #Readyfor100 photo petition series!

In the News
 
You might have heard about our campaign & aerial art photo in the Valley News! 
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