180 U.S., Washington Mayors Call for Use of Solar Power
A bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing 42 states including Washington, are speaking out in support of solar energy. In a letter released today by Environment Washington, the mayors resolve to make solar power a key element of their communities’ energy plans and call on others to embrace clean energy from the sun.
“Cities across Washington should take steps to switch to solar energy,” said Bruce Speight with Environment Washington. “By tapping into the power of the sun, cities can benefit from cleaner air and improved public health, while simultaneously tackling climate change.”
Included in the letter are Mayors Kol Medina of Bainbridge Island, Mary Lou Pauly of Issaquah, Jennifer Gregerson of Mukilteo, and Cheryl Selby of Olympia. Also on the letter is Mr. Chris Roberts, the previous Mayor of Shoreline.
At a time when federal support of clean energy seems unlikely, local governments have an important role in transitioning the United States toward renewable energy for the future. Earlier this month, Environment Washington released a new guide for local officials: Ten Ways Your City Can Go Solar.