Clean air coalition seeking support for Rochester initiative
Since runners spend so much time outside, they may be interested in a push to address cleaner air in Rochester.
The Sierra Club and 100% Renewable Rochester, a grassroots coalition, are asking Rochester officials to commit to 100 percent fossil free energy by 2031. A City Council study session is set for Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m., and a more important City Council public hearing is set for Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.
Some information the groups have provided:
Over the last 4 years in Rochester 100% fossil free energy has changed from a pipedream to a reality within our grasp.
Rochester Public Utilities has developed this plan because of people like you - students, parents, teachers, church people, clergy, nuns (!), business people, doctors, nurses - showed up and demanded climate action month after month, year after year.
2031 is the date. This is the date that Rochester is free from our contract from our power provider. This is also the date the U.N. and scientists agree we have to turn off the fossil fuel tap.
2 plan options exist. The irresponsible plan is called "net 100% renewable" - it includes a new large gas power plan. The hopeful plan is "100% fossil free" that relies on renewables and batteries.
More information can be found on 100percentrochester.org.