Local Environmental Organizations Band Together to Help Pasadena Shape a Fossil Fuel Free Future

Published : Monday, July 9, 2018 | 4:27 PM

Over 20 local environmental organizations have joined together in a campaign to help the City of Pasadena shape an energy future free of fossil fuels and the pollution they cause, according to a group called Transition Pasadena.

A spokesperson said Transition Pasadena is a community action group working to connect, inspire and support individuals and neighborhoods in Pasadena, Altadena and nearby neighborhoods including Highland Park and Eagle Rock.

“Under the banner of Pasadena 100, these organizations are advocating for 100-percent renewable energy by the year 2035, a goal that is now within easy reach because of technological breakthroughs in wind, solar and other renewable energy sources,” Transition Pasadena said in a statement.

As a coalition, the community organizations are preparing to attend two City-sponsored meetings focused on Pasadena’s Power Integrated Renewal Plan (IRP), a long-range resource planning and policy document for determining the best energy resources for the City to pursue. The plan is required by the state and will shape Pasadena’s energy future for the next 20 years.

As Pasadena Water and Power updates the 2018 Power IRP, the utility will host two community meetings as part of its desire to work collaboratively with the community to determine the best mix of energy supply options for the City.

The two meetings are scheduled for July 18 and August 23, where PWP plans to provide a general overview of the development process, discuss renewable energy options, and seek community input.

Pasadena 100 said their members are encouraged to attend both meetings so they could help the City achieve its goals. The coalition has been meeting with City officials for the past two years to share research on climate change as well as examples of successful efforts by other cities and communities to limit green house gas emissions.

“Of particular concern to the organization are the social costs of inaction, especially those impacting human health and the environment,” Transition Pasadena said.

On Wednesday, July 18, the community meeting will be at the Pasadena Central Library’s Donald Wright Auditorium, at 285 E. Walnut Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting on Thursday, August 23, will be at the Hastings Branch Library, at 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m.

Founded in 2010, Transition Pasadena advocates for a more resilient city and for living lighter. The organization hosts talks, re-skilling workshops and other events, and manages other award-winning projects such as the Throop Learning Garden, Repair Café Pasadena, Mulch for the People, and its Good To-Go Campaign, which it conducts with other local organizations to advocate for a polystyrene-free Pasadena.

For more information about Pasadena 100’s campaign, visit www.transitionpasadena.org/Pasadena100.








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