The burning of fossil fuels for energy production is a major contributor to climate change, and activities in cities are among the largest users of energy. Therefore, changes in energy use in cities has the potential to significantly contribute to climate change mitigation, and working at the scale of cities provides local opportunities for change where the changemakers know the context (opportunities and constraints) well. The purpose of this community-based research is to evaluate the opportunities and constraints for the City of Sioux Falls to transition to 100% renewable energy. This research is being conducted through the Sustainability Capstone (SUST 489) course in collaboration with our community partners. Through SUST 489, we are exploring the Sioux Falls energy context including energy infrastructure, policy, and finances; implications of energy transitioning on health and public health; and the role of increased efficiency, conservation, and education in aiding an energy transition. In addition to researching the City of Sioux Falls, we are researching other cities across the United States who have transitioned or are transitioning to 100% renewable energy to learn from their efforts. From our work, we will develop a final report that will be shared with our community partners with the findings from our research including our recommendations for next steps for Sioux Falls to pursue this energy transitioning effort.
Anderson, Bennett A., "Pilot Study for Transitioning Sioux Falls to 100% Renewable Energy" (2021). IdeaFest. 425.