The City of Fayetteville has become the first municipality in Arkansas to commit to transition to 100% clean and renewable sources of energy, according to the Sierra Club.
On Tuesday, the Fayetteville City Council voted to adopt the city’s comprehensive Energy Action Plan, which includes a goal of powering all government operations with 100% clean energy by 2030 and the entire community by 2050.
According to the Sierra Club, Tuesday’s vote makes Fayetteville the 54th city or town in the country to commit to 100% clean energy. Glen Hooks, director of the Arkansas Sierra Club, says the organization applauds Fayetteville “for this tremendous step forward.”
“Mayor Lioneld Jordan, the city council, and the superb public servants in the city’s sustainability department are to be commended for their vision and commitment to improving the quality of life for Fayetteville residents,” says Hooks. “We are proud to recognize Fayetteville as the first Arkansas city to commit to a 100 percent renewable energy future – the first of what we believe will be many.”
In May, Mayor Lioneld Jordan endorsed the goal of powering Fayetteville entirely with clean energy, and the newly adopted Energy Action Plan builds off of the vision laid out by him.
“Fayetteville has shown leadership in climate change adaptation and mitigation in a variety of ways,” says Jordan. “We’ve installed electric vehicle charging stations around the city, signed onto the Sierra Club’s ‘Mayors for 100% Clean Energy’ pledge, promoted energy efficiency programs for homes and businesses, and much more. The Energy Action Plan is another bold step in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life for all Fayetteville citizens, present and future.”
A copy of Fayetteville’s Energy Action Plan can be seen here.