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Our Campaigns

100% Renewable

Campaign Goal: Convince campuses and cities across Texas to go 100 percent renewable.
We’re promoting a bold and clear vision of a greener, healthier world, one powered solely by clean, renewable energy. We’re also taking concrete steps right now that will bring us closer to the world we want to live in. Our 100% Renewable campaign is focused on three arenas in which we can make the most immediate progress: college and university campuses, cities and states, and Congress.
100% Renewable: College & university campuses

America’s more than 5,000 universities, colleges and community colleges are big energy consumers, with large buildings, many of which are open 24/7. At the same time, college campuses are largely self-contained communities, and therefore better able to find ways to generate all the power they need from clean, renewable sources—especially given the expertise among their faculty and the enthusiasm among their students for going green.

An arial view of Austin Community College buildings toped with solar panels surrounded by parked cars
Austin Community College District
Austin Community College District

Abilene Christian University, Southwestern University, and Austin College are among the campuses that already have committed to going 100 percent renewable. In 2020, we worked with Austin Community College to get 100% renewable energy for their Elgin and Round Rock campuses. Our goal is to get every college in Texas to go 100 percent renewable. 

Our organizers are working with campus communities to achieve these goals. To date, more than 350 faculty members nationwide have supported us in calling for commitments to 100 percent renewable energy—many of whom will prove to be valuable allies when we ask local and state government leaders to consider taking similar action.

To lay the foundation for this critical work, we have produced and distributed a series of reports and factsheets, including Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools to Move Your Campus to 100% Clean Energy; spoken at conferences to students, faculty and administrators; and partnered with Second Nature, the leaders of the President’s Climate Commitments.

100% Renewable: Cities & states

The city of Austin already gets more than 50% of its electricity from renewable sources. Our state and local advocates and organizers are working right now to persuade more Texas cities to move towards 100% renewables.

At the state level, we’re supporting HB 1972 by Rep. Barbara Gervin Hawkins to require Texas to get 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by the year 2050.

Austin Mayor Adler speaking at a press conference with members of the Environment Texas team holding 100% renewable signs behind him.
Austin Mayor Adler speaking for 100% Renewable Energy / Staff Photo

Outside of the Washington, D.C., bubble, we’re finding bipartisan support for action on clean energy. Our national team of researchers, advocates, members and activists have won significant progress on clean energy over the past few decades, including policies that have resulted in greater energy efficiency, more wind power and more solar power in 25 states. 

100% Renewable: Congress

The CLEAN Future Act includes a clean electricity standard that would require 80 percent clean electricity by 2030 and 100 percent by 2035.

Sunset over Windmills on a field at the Hackberry windfarm in Texas
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Currents of energy and hope

Robert F. Kennedy once said that each time we stand up for an ideal, we send forth a “tiny ripple of hope.”

Imagine ripples of energy emanating from each new campus or each new city or town that commits to 100 percent renewable power. Imagine these ripples converging into a great current that reaches every corner of our country and shines a beacon of hope to the rest of the world. That’s what this campaign is all about.

Act Now

All of us should do what we can in our own homes to conserve and use energy more efficiently, and promote solar and wind power. But with a problem this big, of course we need to do more.

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