We all know that burning oil, gas, and coal has polluted our air, water, and land for decades – and now it’s changing the climate even faster than scientists feared it would.

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for ourselves and generations to come. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy.

A 100 percent clean energy future means shifting from dirty energy to completely clean energy sources wherever and however we can. Renewable energy is abundant, cost efficient and growing rapidly.

We could power the nation ten times over with available wind resources, and existing solar potential provides more than 100 times our current energy needs.

Between 2009 and 2014, the cost of solar electricity in the United States fell by 78% and the cost of wind energy dropped 58%.

Major corporations including Google, Facebook, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, and Coca-Cola have committed to powering their operations entirely with renewable energy.

Standing in the way of this progress, of course, are the fossil fuel companies. Time and time again they have demonstrated their ability and willingness to block the shift to clean energy wanted by most Americans. Despite all of their hard work, we’re making progress.

We’ve been organizing to get our college campuses, cities, and states to make commitments towards 100% clean, renewable energy.  By mobilizing students, faculty, campus administration, and elected officials; and demonstrating excitement in our communities for clean energy, we can and have seen results.

Victory!

Following a sustained campaign, our CALPIRG Students chapters succeeded in convincing the University of California to only use electricity from clean and renewable sources by 2025.

CALPIRG Students also teamed up with Environment California and other local environmental groups to pass SB 100, committing the entire state of California getting 100% of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources by 2045.

There’s a lot more work to be done to transition to a 100% clean energy future.  Our vision is that every campus community across the country is running on 100% renewable energy by 2050 or earlier.

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Environment America designed this series of 11 fact sheets as a resource for students, faculty and administrators interested in moving their campuses toward 100 percent clean, renewable energy. The fact sheets have been crafted to illustrate the importance, challenges and opportunities of 11 technologies and strategies. Each fact sheet includes two case studies of effective action on college campuses, as well as a list of resources.