Act now to help remove barriers to clean energy growth!
The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) created this initiative to empower people to advocate for climate change solutions.
How You Can Get Involved
You don’t have to be an energy expert to make a difference. Contact elected representatives today! Get their emails and phone numbers. Here are some tips for making effective calls:
Emails and phone calls are best
Be brief. Stick to one issue per email/call
Introduce yourself/include your contact info
Be polite! Anger and rudeness will not leave a favorable impression
You can call policy makers even if you do not live in their districts!
You can use either or both of the scripts below. Call one day using the first script, and another day using the second!
“Hello, my name is ____________. My email is _______. I care about renewable energies and want a rapid ramp up in the implementation of solar and wind projects. Please work on energy policies to make this happen. It will produce jobs, help the economy, increase health, and protect the environment. Please let me know what you do.”
“Hello, my name is ____________ . My email is _______. I care about energy efficiency standards and want to see an increase in policies supporting high efficiency buildings and transportation. Please work on energy policies to make that happen. What is holding you back from supporting clean energy policies? (and how can I help*optional) Please let me know what you do.”
You can also help businesses take action on climate. Use these suggestions from the We Mean Business coalition to find examples of what you can suggest to businesses.
Together we can make a difference!
Top Policy Resources
The following organizations provide up to date energy policy information that you can use to communicate your support for climate solutions to policy makers.
Clean Energy (General):
Additional Information - Key Energy Facts
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Renewable Electricity Futures Study (2012) and its updates show that clean energy is a key solution to climate change. It finds that:
- Renewable electricity generation from technologies that are commercially available today, in combination with a more flexible electric system, is more than adequate to supply 80% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050 while meeting electricity demand on an hourly basis in every region of the country.
- The abundance and diversity of U.S. renewable energy resources can support multiple combinations of renewable technologies that result in deep reductions in electric sector greenhouse gas emissions and water use
- Significant expansion of renewable generation beyond the current levels (about 13% of total generation) could be achieved with little or no increase in electricity prices with continued advancements in renewable technologies.
For additional information about teaching about clean energy, see the Call to Energy Literacy and related resources. You can have conversations to find common ground about clean energy across the political spectrum by using the materials at Community Energy Conversations.
Interested in learning more? The links below provide helpful background. Don’t forget to take action with the information above too!
US Climate and Health Alliance State Policy Initiative
Open States Note: filter by key term (eg. Energy) to see active legislation
The Solutions Project
University of Michigan: Center for Sustainable Systems Factsheets
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Environmental Impacts of Natural Gas
Wind Energy Foundation
Offshore Wind Energy
American Solar Energy Society
The Climate Risks of an Overreliance on Natural Gas for Electricity
Our Energy Policy
Conscious Consumers Can Do More by Getting Involved In Policy
Green Tech Media
Solar Industry Magazine