Autumn update: Volunteers! We need additional support with a few state profiles. Now is your chance to work on this important project; the Sierra Club is calling L4GG's assistance a 'game changer' for the Ready for 100 Program! We need volunteers who are ready to assist immediately with legal research. Please pay attention to any notes in the State/role column regarding background or Lexis/WestLaw requirements when you sign up. If you do not have the time to work on the project in the next 2-4 weeks, please leave the slot open for volunteers with more bandwidth.
The State Lead and the Pathway Assignments require volunteers with a background in energy law, land use, and/or environmental law.
You do not need a background in any particular area to take on a State Profile support position. Your interest, ability to complete legal research, and availability to work on the project is enough!
Join us in our nationwide fight against climate change!
Phase I of this campaign involves providing legal support to the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign (RF100). The goal of RF100 is to have at least 100 US cities (to start) switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035. L4GG members will provide the Sierra Club with information on the relevant state laws and regulations, and successful case studies to help cities choose the best path for switching to renewable energy.
Volunteer opportunities for this first phase fall into two categories: 1) State Profiles and 2) Five Pathways to Renewable. If you have sufficient interest and time, you can volunteer for both.
State Profile volunteers will sign up for one of the top 20 priority states (listed in the sign-up in order of priority) and will complete legal research to answer specific legal questions from the Sierra Club about their particular state. Each state needs up to 4 volunteers (1 lead, 3 support). We will provide you with a memorandum of questions for each state group to complete. The states identified are the highest priority states for the Sierra Club with the most potential for the largest shift to renewable energy. These state profiles are extremely valuable and will be made publicly available to any city within that state that wants to shift to renewable energy.
"Support" positions for each state will complete legal research of state law, regulations, and possibly Public Utility Commission dockets to answer specific questions raised in the memorandum of questions. You DO NOT need to be barred or reside in the state or have a background in land use or energy law to participate. You DO NOT need to be a licensed attorney to participate in a support position: law students, inactive attorneys, paralegals, and anyone with the ability to complete legal research are welcome.
The "Lead" attorney for each state will be responsible for completing Quality Assurance/Quality Control of the state profile memorandum and for filling in any missing information. Lead attorneys should have a background in land use, regulatory, or environmental law.
Five Pathways to Renewable
Attorneys will be asked to research specific questions regarding one of the five pathways cities can take to switch to renewable energy:
- Community Choice Aggregation;
- Franchise Agreement Negotiations;
- Municipal Utility Formation;
- Green or Direct Tariff/Virtual Power Purchase Agreements; or
- Municipal Code Provisions/Model Code Provisions.
Attorneys with a background in these areas are encouraged to sign up for these assignments. We will also be looking for subject matter expert volunteers in these areas willing to answer specific questions and issues as they come up for the Sierra Club's attorneys and staff.
The legal research provided in these assignments is critical to the Ready for 100 Program. The Sierra Club does not have the legal resources to complete this important work and is thrilled to have L4GG's assistance. The Sierra Club is well on their way to having 100 cities COMMIT to 100% renewable energy by 2035, but they need these critical legal resources to make it happen. You can make a real difference and facilitate the country's shift to RENEWABLE ENERGY. Thanks for being part of the solution.
If you cannot find a suitable volunteer opportunity, but would still like to participate, please email [email protected] and we will find something for you. There is plenty of work to go around!