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Clean, Green & Renewable Energy

We’re working to urge campuses, cities and our state to lead the way to 100% renewable power, go big on solar, and harness the abundant wind power off the Atlantic coast.
In a greener, healthier world, we would conserve more, use the energy we have more wisely and efficiently, and rely only on sources of energy that are clean, renewable and tread lightly on the planet.
The question is, what concrete steps can we take to move closer to the world we want to live in? And given the current administration’s myopic preference for older, dirtier energy sources, where can we realistically take those steps right now?
100% Renewable, Go Solar, Go Big on Offshore Wind

Through our Clean, Green & Renewable program, Environment Maine is working alongside our network of 29 state environment groups and our members and activists in all 50 states to run three campaigns:

100% Renewable: The shift toward 100% renewable starts locally. We’re asking more than 50 college campuses, a dozen key cities and half a dozen key states to lead the way.

Go Solar: Smart public policies are key drivers of the incredible growth of solar power. We’re working to promote and defend solar in multiple cities and states.

Go Big on Offshore Wind: The winds that blow off our Atlantic Coast could provide 40% of the electricity Americans use today. We're asking Maine's leaders to harness the wind that blows off our shores.

Michelle Kinman, Environment California
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The Environment Maine approach

Each of these campaigns aims to accelerate our country’s shift to clean energy in unique ways. But they share a common approach. Each campaign strives to:

Put the environment first. A healthy environment isn’t the hoped-for by-product of a fossil fuel-driven prosperity. It’s the necessary precondition and only sustainable source of a sound energy system for America and our communities. Through our research and public education, we’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view.

Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but we recognize that progress comes one step at a time. Our focus is on making a difference in public policy and in our lives and our environment, not just making a statement.

Build on what works. Our national network has won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power, cleaner air, and reduced global warming pollution in 25 states. We know which policies work, how they can be improved, and what it takes to win their approval. As always, we’re also open to new ideas that work even better.

Work together. We work to unite people from all across the political spectrum around clean, renewable energy, whether it’s the farmer who benefits from wind turbines on her land or the environmentalist who wants to store and share the solar energy generated on his rooftop. Our national advocates in Washington, D.C., lobby members of Congress from both parties. Our advocates in Maine build coalitions that include business owners, doctors and nurses, religious leaders and people from all walks of life. Our organizers and canvassers engage literally hundreds of thousands of people. Our members and activists live across the state.

What happens next

In the absence of national leadership, it’s up to us to convince our colleges, communities and others in Maine to help lead the way to a clean energy revolution — one that will conserve more of the Earth’s resources, improve the health of millions of people, and help stabilize the climate that makes life on our planet possible.

What happens next is up to us.

Act now

All of us should do what we can in our own homes to conserve, use energy more efficiently, and promote solar and wind power. But with a problem this big, of course we need to do more.

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