Michael Miller, Radish Magazine
Globally renowned as a terminus of health, Rochester’s focus on medical wellness clashes with its consumption of fossil fuels for energy, which pollutes the environment and endangers public health. Luckily, Rochester took a leap toward the growing renewable energy trend that values our health and environment.
On October 12, 2015, Mayor Ardell Brede catapulted Rochester into action when he signed a proclamation that commits the city to 100-percent renewable energy by 2031. Local stakeholders took notice. “Elected officials, city, and utility staff have ... given the goal serious consideration,” said Rick Morris, an organizing representative for the Sierra Club, a grassroots environmental organization.
Rochester Public Utility (RPU) became a partner in the conversation. Destination Medical Center (DMC) adopted its sustainability resolution. And the Rochester Energy Commission continued to spearhead the issue by drafting its Energy Action Plan (EAP) in 2016.