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Philadelphia Makes Pledge To Run Entirely On Renewable Energy By 2035

By Brian Spaen

European countries like Sweden are planning to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 or earlier. Those goals have extended toward the United States and numerous cities (and states such as Hawaii) are joining in the efforts despite the country no longer being part of the Paris Accord. Philadelphia becomes another major city to join the movement after their mayor, Jim Kenney, signed a new pledge this week.

The Sierra Club has started a pledge called “Mayors For 100% Clean Energy,” and approximately 300 other cities are apart of the new agreement to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Many large cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago have already signed off, and the reach has gone through over 60 million people through 42 states as of June 12th according to Curbed.

What is Philadelphia planning to do in order to reach their 2035 goal? Perhaps the biggest idea is the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, which will be a 10-year program that will focus on “municipal buildings, K-12 schools, low-income residential, and small business” sectors. According to their mission page, they hope to create 10,000 jobs and save $200 million with sustainable energy.