California’s Nevada City is taking steps in response to the growing impact of climate change on the mountain community, which has recorded 15 of the hottest years on record globally since the start of this century with 2022 predicted to be the second warmest on record.

In an August 10, 2022 press statement, Nevada City’s Mayor, Duane Strawser, along with members of the city council, important community members, and partners, announced that there had been nearly an undisputed vote that by 2030 the electricity of the city will be derived completely from renewable sources and that by 2050, all sources of energy will be renewable. 

This makes Nevada City the 41st mountain community to pledge to move to 100% clean, renewable energy. Other cities aiming to take control of their energy future include California, Tahoe’s South Lake, Park City, and Utah.

Mayor Strawser stated that the City’s obligation to complete renewable energy is motivated by the community. The fervor for the unspoiled environment as well as our accountability to maintain it is in the nature of what makes the City a truly singular place to live. Strawser challenged additional societies throughout the state to join them in their objective.

Don Rivenes of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition, added that if the coming summer is any gauge of the meaning of climate change for the community’s future, then the time has come to do everything possible to evade its effects.

The past few years and predominantly the past months has made residents unite to confront the changing climate by assisting city administrators take courageous feats. He said they are delighted to witness the city’s uncompromised commitment to renewable energy.

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The City of Nevada already has an Energy Action Plan (EAP) that aims for a 28% drop in the use of electricity by 2020. This new resolution will break new ground towards its goal of helping the EAP switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, not just a drop in usage. 

Also working with Nevada City on its mission, is the Sierra Nevada Alliance (SNA) — a setup of preservation clusters incorporating 24 watersheds of the 650-kilometer-long Sierra Nevada located in Nevada and California. Since 1993, the SNA has been protecting and restoring Sierra Nevada communities, natural resources, watersheds, lands, and wildlife for upcoming generations while endorsing supportable societies.

The Alliance has an exclusive role in enabling grassroots preservation organizations and watershed groups’ participation with local organizations, public utilities, and government agencies. 

Jenny Hatch, SNA’s Executive Director, commented that the SNA is honored to join forces with such cities that distinguish the numerous effects on the environs as well as resident wealth that climate change will carry. 

He said that the SNA unites the desire to combat climate change with the desire to safeguard the mountain societies to cause an unrelenting strength for change. For this reason, he is not surprised that these cities are at the forefront of renewable electricity.