Sustainability Reads: March 27- April 9

Despite Trump’s attempt to revive fossil fuels, renewable energy is moving forward and resistance is high. The attempts by Trump to roll back on climate action have been met by legal challenges, for instance by Earthjustice who has filed a lawsuit aginst Trump’s order to open public lands to coal leasing, by NRDC for Trump’s stalling of six energy efficiency standards, as well as by 17 states for rolling back the Clean Power Plan. 

Attention Donald Trump: New Report Shows Clean Energy Employs Far More Workers than Coal, Oil & Gas
According to a recent report by the Sierra Club, clean energy jobs outnumber all fossil fuel jobs by over 2.5 to 1 in the U.S., and outnumber all jobs in coal and gas by 5 to 1. The report, which is based on Department of Energy 2017 data, shows that 41 states and Washington, D.C. have more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs from all sources.

The end of coal: EU energy companies pledge no new plants from 2020
Europe is also moving past fossil fuels, as companies from every EU nation except Poland and Greece have pledged that no new coal-fired plants will be built in the EU after 2020. The pledge also reaffirms commitment to deliver on the Paris climate agreement. By Arthur Neslen on The Guardian.

On another note: Some good sustainability news from the fashion industry has come out of Sweden this past week, as Stockholm-based H&M vows to 100% recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and to become ‘climate positive’ throughout its entire value chain by 2040. Meanwhile, the world’s first mall for repaired and recycled goods opens in Sweden, where customers can donate and shop for clothes.

Check out where else our work has been featured these past two weeks, outside of The Sustainability Co-Op’s own site:

Tip for the week ahead: Want to support the transition to clean energy at home but not in a position to install solar panels? Check to see if your utility gives you the option to contribute a small premium each month toward new wind and solar installation projects. It’s a direct way for you to increase the amount of renewables in the energy mix.

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