La Crosse is being recognized for getting ahead of the state and federal governments in promoting clean energy.
The city has been declared ‘Ready for 100,’ meaning that it will try to be 100 percent free of carbon fuels within 30 years.
Local Sierra Club representative Patrick Wilson said La Crosse is the fifth city in Wisconsin to join the program.
Wilson explained during a news conference Tuesday at La Crosse’s city hall that one goal is “to start eliminating climate change by committing to 100 percent clean energy in La Crosse” by the year 2050.
The La Crosse city council voted last week to adopt the sustainability goal of carbon-free energy.
That effort includes solar power projects at the La Crosse Center, the airport and other government properties.
“We’re not going to necessarily wait for standards or goals to be set at the federal or state level,” La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said Thursday.
Kabat personally committed to a sustainable energy program for the city years ago.