Broad Support for Des Moines 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Resolution

posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in Energy News

Dart EV Bus Unveiling DES MOINES -- 100% DSM, a local movement launched this fall to get the state’s largest city to commit to a path towards 100% carbon-free energy, is building support from hundreds of individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community as their work moves forward with city leaders.  

The proposed resolution calls for the City of Des Moines to adopt a community-wide 24/7 carbon-free electricity goal by 2030. This would extend beyond the City’s existing climate commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 28% by 2025.  

The grassroots project – spearheaded by 100% Iowa and the Iowa Beyond Coal campaign – represents a broad coalition of residents, businesses, and organizations across the City of Des Moines. To date, more than 600 Des Moines residents have signed a letter in support of the resolution, which has been delivered to the City Council; along with a letter from the following local businesses and organizations: 

100% Iowa
1000 Friends of Iowa 
1 Source Solar   
Art Terrarium
Asian and Latino Coalition 
Backcountry Outfitters 
Beaverdale Neighborhood Association 
Creation Care and Justice Coalition at Plymouth Church (UCC) Des Moines 
Des Moines Citizens Climate Lobby 
Des Moines Citizens Task Force for Sustainability 
Des Moines Street Collective 
Dirt Burger 
Drake Environmental Action League 
Environment Iowa 
Green Light Renewable Services 
Interfaith Green Coalition 
Iowa-Nebraska NAACP State Area Conference of Branches
Iowa Beyond Coal 
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement 
Iowa Environmental Council 
Iowa Interfaith Power & Light 
Kemin Industries 
Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity 
Movement 515 
Ritual Café 
Run DSM 
Sierra Club, Iowa Chapter 
St. Kilda Collective 
The Bartender’s Handshake 
The Energy Group 
The Supply Hive 
Urban Ambassadors 
Veggie Thumper 
VegLife Des Moines 
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Des Moines Branch 
Youth Alliance for People’s Justice 

Des Moines City Council Member Josh Mandelbaum introduced the proposal during the October 19 City Council meeting and a work session has been scheduled for Monday, December 7 at 7:30 AM to further discuss the resolution’s objectives. Once the resolution is finalized, it is expected to be presented for consideration by the City Council in late December. 

“We appreciate the Des Moines City Council recognizing the role local government can play in the clean energy transition and taking leadership at the city-level,” said Jordan Oster, 100% Iowa Team Lead and Energy Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator with the Iowa Environmental Council. “More than 160 cities across the US have already committed to 100% renewable electricity community-wide, and we’re looking forward to Des Moines being next.” 

About The Author

Kristen Weaverling joined the Iowa Environmental Council in 2020 and is now in the role of Energy and Climate Project Manager. Before starting at IEC, she spent several years implementing energy efficiency programs for small business customers on behalf of utility companies here in Iowa. She also has a background in the nonprofit sector, having served as a volunteer manager for an international nonprofit as well as completing a term with AmeriCorps in eastern Iowa. Kristen holds a B.S. in Geography from The University of Iowa along with certificates in both Sustainability and Human Rights. In her free time, you can find her rehabilitating her late 1800s Victorian home or planning her next international trip.