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Thanksgiving: Celebrating a Sustainable Future with Renewable Energy

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Thanksgiving: Celebrating a Sustainable Future with Renewable Energy

Thanksgiving: Celebrating a Sustainable Future with Renewable Energy

we move towards a future that is not only sustainable but also abundant and equitable. Happy Thanksgiving, America! A great part of Thanksgiving is how it brings about the best in community. A trait the holiday shares with Renewable Energy.

A New Tradition: Infusing the Spirit of Sustainability in Thanksgiving Celebrations

Thanksgiving, an age-old tradition in America is not just about feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie. It's a time to acknowledge our blessings, share our bounty, and express our gratitude. As the world grapples with the consequences of climate change, this Thanksgiving is the perfect time to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle and give back to our communities through renewable energy.

The Shift Towards Clean Energy: An Investment in Rural America

In recent years, the U.S. has witnessed a significant shift towards renewable energy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for instance, has announced an investment of nearly $11 billion to promote affordable clean energy in rural communities across the country. This move, the largest federal investment in rural electrification since President Roosevelt's New Deal, is a testament to the nation's commitment to a greener future.

Empowering Rural America

As part of this initiative, the Empowering Rural America program has allocated $9.7 billion for rural electric cooperatives to create renewable energy, zero-emission, and carbon capture systems. This transformative opportunity aims to reduce costs, keep energy affordable, and meet the future energy needs of rural communities.

Community Projects in US Cities

The United States is witnessing a transformative era in renewable energy, driven not just by policy and corporate action but also by innovative community initiatives. These initiatives demonstrate how local actions can make significant contributions to sustainability and environmental protection. Key Highlights include:


  1. Community Solar Projects in New York City

    • New York City's ambitious community solar programs, where residents and businesses collaborate to install solar panels on shared properties. These projects are not only reducing carbon footprints but also lowering electricity costs for participants.

  2. Wind Energy Cooperatives in Texas

    • Texas, known for its oil, is also leading in wind energy. The blog discusses how small towns and rural communities are forming cooperatives to harness wind energy, bringing economic benefits to local communities and promoting energy independence.

  3. Geothermal Energy in Boise, Idaho

    • Highlighting Boise's innovative use of geothermal energy for heating public buildings and homes. This sustainable initiative taps into the natural heat from the earth, setting a precedent for other cities.

  4. Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest

    • Focusing on the small communities in the Pacific Northwest that are utilizing the region's abundant water resources to generate clean electricity. These local hydropower initiatives are crucial in advancing the region's green energy goals.

  5. Community-Driven Energy Efficiency Programs

    • Across various U.S. cities, there are numerous community programs aimed at improving energy efficiency. These include retrofitting older buildings, public awareness campaigns, and incentivizing energy-saving practices among residents.


Powering Affordable Clean Energy

In addition, the Powering Affordable Clean Energy program, with $1 billion in partially-forgivable loans, aims to finance renewable energy projects like large-scale solar, wind, and geothermal projects. The goal is to provide affordable clean energy to vulnerable, disadvantaged, and Indigenous communities.

Despite potential challenges related to the extraction of materials needed for renewable energy infrastructure, these programs signify a significant step towards creating a cleaner, less carbon-intensive electricity mix.

The Benefits of a Renewable Energy Transition

Transitioning to renewable energy offers numerous environmental and economic benefits. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions, diversifies energy supply, reduces dependence on imported fuels, and creates economic development opportunities. Moreover, it can save American households up to $321 billion in energy costs, according to a report by Rewiring America.

The Economic Upside of Renewable Energy

Amidst the numerous challenges of climate change, the transition to renewable energy presents an economic upside. By electrifying everything and sourcing from clean energy, households could save up to $2,500 a year. While the upfront costs of installing renewable energy systems could be high, strong government assistance can help deliver long-term savings.

Local Governments Leading the Way in Renewable Energy

Local governments play a crucial role in promoting renewable energy. By generating energy on-site, purchasing green power, or buying renewable energy, they can dramatically reduce their carbon footprint. Although technical, financial, and regulatory challenges may exist, local governments can overcome these by assessing local renewable resources, considering costs, and involving local stakeholders.

The Role of Renewable Energy in Community Development

Renewable energy not only benefits the environment but also contributes significantly to community development. It creates jobs, stimulates economic growth, and reduces dependence on fossil fuels. By adopting renewable energy, local governments can enhance the quality of life in their communities.

Embracing the Spirit of Giving Through Renewable Energy

As we gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, let's remember to give thanks for the blessings of renewable energy. Let's celebrate the progress we've made towards a sustainable future and recommit to doing our part in the fight against climate change. After all, the spirit of Thanksgiving is all about sharing and giving back to our communities.

In the spirit of giving, let's embrace renewable energy and contribute to the sustainability of our planet. This Thanksgiving, let's give thanks for the clean, renewable energy that powers our homes, drives our economy, and protects our planet for future generations 

"The greatest gift of life is to give back power to those who need it most." – Unknown

Thanksgiving: A Time to Rejoice Renewable Energy – how to have a sustainable Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's time to rejoice in the benefits of renewable energy and the spirit of giving back to our communities. It's a time to reflect on how renewable energy has transformed our lives and how it will shape our future.

Cooking Up a Sustainable Feast

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, it's worth noting that our kitchens can consume up to 15% of our home's energy. Simple energy-saving measures can make our Thanksgiving feast more sustainable. For example, using convection ovens, cooking with lids on, and not peeking into the oven can reduce energy consumption. Similarly, using crockpots or microwaves for smaller meals, and dishwashers for cleaning up can save energy.

An Energy-Efficient Thanksgiving

Moreover, by dimming the lights and switching to low-energy activities post-feast, we can make memorable Thanksgiving moments without maxing out our energy bill. By incorporating these energy-saving practices, we can ensure a sustainable Thanksgiving celebration.


As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's remember to give thanks for the sustainable future we're building with renewable energy. As we feast on our Thanksgiving turkey, let's also feast on the knowledge that we're part of a movement towards a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future. This Thanksgiving let's give thanks for renewable energy, and let's give back to our communities by choosing to live a more sustainable lifestyle.