Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Shining Cities 2017

Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2016. The United States now has 42 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy capacity, enough to power 8.3 million homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52.3 million metric tons annually.1 Hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially in our cities, have invested in their own solar panels or solar projects in their communities and millions more are ready to join them.

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Doubling Down on Climate Progress

To tackle the climate crisis, we need to quickly shift away from dirty fossil fuels and towards 100 percent renewable energy. The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are leading the way with the best regional clean air and climate protection program in the country: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

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Renewable Energy 100

America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively deploy clean energy on campus, setting a goal of getting 100 percent of their energy from clean renewable sources.

Hundreds of universities have already pledged to achieve carbon neutrality with many signing onto Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Commitment. Universities that eliminate the use of fossil fuels can help to achieve the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.

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Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus

America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively deploy clean energy on campus, setting a goal of getting 100 percent of their energy from clean renewable sources.

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2017 RGGI Coalition Letter

Dear Governors,

With 2016 finishing as the ho;est year on record and extreme weather happening all around us we need to do much more to tackle the climate crisis. We must quickly shiF away from dirty fuels like coal, oil and gas and towards 100 percent renewable energy. The Northeastern and Mid-AtlanMc states are leading the country by parMcipaMng in the best regional clean air and climate protecMon program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas IniMaMve (RGGI). Our nine states have joined together in this regional system that has helped slash global warming polluMon from power plants in half and invested $2.5 billion in clean energy over the last decade. As you review this successful program we ask you to double its strength, cuVng polluMon in half again by 2030. 

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