Des Moines’ Mayor and City Council have an opportunity to lead by committing the city to achieve 100% clean energy by 2030. By reaching 24/7 carbon-free electricity in the next decade, Des Moines and its residents can realize cleaner air and water, cleaner energy, greater health benefits, and economic prosperity. This ambitious goal is not only necessary — but attainable.
166 cities across the US have already committed to 100% renewable electricity community-wide. These include many cities in the Midwest, such as: Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota; St. Louis, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; and Cleveland, Ohio. Let’s make Des Moines next!
The need is clear and this move is already underway by cities around the country. Rather than asking why we need a 100% clean energy resolution — let’s ask ourselves why not?