Rockville and Takoma Park Join National Clean Energy Challenge

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June 22, 2020
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Courtesy post for our partners at the City of Takoma Park, the City of Rockville, and the Sustainable States Network.


Rockville and Takoma Park Join National Clean Energy Challenge

Initiative supports local clean energy action by 30 cities in 5 states

Minneapolis MN—The City of Rockville and the City of Takoma Park are taking on the challenge to see how they stack up to other cities across the nation when it comes to clean energy successes.

Thirty communities in five states are taking the Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge, which offers tools and support to assess clean energy goals and initiatives. Participating cities will be a part of an in-state peer cohort and receive technical assistance to complete a pressing clean energy initiative. Additionally, the challenge will compare clean energy achievements across similarly-sized cities, assess future initiatives, and provide project implementation assistance.

Given the very real financial challenges cities face because of COVID-19, this opportunity helps municipalities promote energy savings for residents, businesses, and local government operations. These energy efficiency upgrades can contribute to job creation in the local community.

The project is a partnership of the Sustainable States Network, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and five state-level sustainability programs, including Sustainable CT, Green Cities California, Sustainable Maryland, Minnesota GreenStep Cities, and Sustainable Jersey.

“The City of Takoma Park is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions citywide by 2035. We are excited to participate in the Clean Energy Challenge. This Challenge will help us learn from the technical experts and our peers in other cities what we can do to ensure we reach our clean energy and net zero goals,” said Gina Mathias, Takoma Park’s Sustainability Manager.

“We are excited to be part of the Community Energy Challenge and look forward participating with Sustainable Maryland, the Sustainable States Network, and ACEEE to learn from peers and continue building on our sustainability successes,” said Amanda Campbell, Rockville Sustainability Coordinator.

“The power that small and medium-sized cities have to make durable and lasting impacts on clean energy can’t be underestimated. This is an opportunity to compare their clean energy achievements against similar cities in their own state and across the country and learn how they can magnify their progress,” said Lola Schoenrich, coordinator of the Sustainable States Network and vice president of communities at the Great Plains Institute in Minneapolis, MN. “Municipalities across the country are taking a lead in adding renewable energy, making buildings more efficient, and electrifying transportation to ensure a more sustainable and livable community for their residents.”

“We look forward to working with small and medium-sized cities across the country to assess their clean energy efforts to help them see where they can step up,” says Dave Ribeiro, ACEEE senior research manager. “We’re confident the Community Energy Challenge will help communities throughout the country scale up their energy efficiency and clean energy efforts.”

The Sustainable States Clean Energy Challenge is funded with support from the New York Community Trust.

About the Sustainable States Network (SSN): The SSN brings together 13 state-level clean energy and sustainability programs to share resources and best practices, foster the success of local initiatives, and collaborate on projects with the aim of making sustainability the norm in all communities. Find out more at SSN is managed by the Great Plains Institute.

About the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE): ACEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. Find out more at


For Immediate Release


Gina Mathis, Sustainability Coordinator, Takoma Park
Phone: 301-891-7623

Amanda Campbell, Sustainability Coordinator, Rockville
Phone: 202-873-7752

Lola Schoenrich, Sustainable States Network
Cell: 612-720-9558


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