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South Lake Tahoe, April 19, 2019 – Two years ago, the City of South Lake Tahoe made history by passing its 100% Renewable Resolution. It became the 26th city in the nation to commit to achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2032 and an 80% community greenhouse gas reduction by 2040. This year, the City will be celebrating its second anniversary of the Resolution on April 27th at South Lake Tahoe Earth Day. The day will kick off with the annual Climate March hosted by the Sierra Nevada Alliance. The march is commemorating this landmark achievement for South Lake Tahoe as well as other environmental successes in the Sierra.
The City has made a number of impressive environmental strides since passing the Resolution in 2017. In 2018, the City approved funding for a CivicSpark Climate Fellow to help work towards achieving environmental goals in South Lake Tahoe. Along with another climate fellow supported by regional partners, the two fellows have been hosted in partnership with the Sierra Nevada Alliance and the 100% Renewable Committee. Since September, they have been working diligently alongside City staff to progress a variety of sustainability initiatives. Most notably, they have been conducting an updated Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the City of South Lake Tahoe, facilitating a series of Energy Audits of municipal buildings with Liberty Utilities, and pushing for solar installations on government facilities and properties.
The Earth Day Climate March will bring together folks from all around Lake Tahoe to celebrate these accomplishments and our Mother Earth. Marchers will meet at 9:30am at Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe and begin marching at 10:00am towards the Earth Day celebration at Bijou Park. The march will begin and conclude with a couple of celebratory speeches to rally for the next actions needed regionally.
About the Sierra Nevada Alliance
Since 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife, and communities. Our mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. We provide resources and networking opportunities to regional conservation groups, implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Program, and advocate on behalf of “The Range of Light.”