WHO WE ARE
The Suncoast Climate Justice Coalition (SCJC) was formed in 2017 by community, faith and student groups in Sarasota and Manatee counties to promote climate solutions grounded in equity and resilience. Current members include:
Action Together Suncoast • Citizens' Climate Lobby Sarasota-Bradenton • Florida Veterans for Common Sense • Good Cause EcoSangha • Indivisible East Manatee • League of Women Voters Sarasota County • Manatee Clean Energy Alliance • Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship • Peace Education and Action Center • Progressive Sarasota • Ready for 100 Sarasota • Rethinking Plastic • This Spaceship Earth • Transition Sarasota • Sarasota Climate Change Meetup • Sierra Club Manatee-Sarasota • Sunshine Community Compost • Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota - Social Justice Committee • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice - Green Sanctuary Committee
WHAT WE DO
SCJC is the hub for policy campaigns to establish time-bound 100% renewable energy commitments in Sarasota and Manatee counties. These local efforts are part of the Sierra Club's nationwide Ready for 100 campaign in which, to date, over 165 cities and 8 states across the US have made 100% renewable energy commitments.
In June 2017, the Sarasota City Commission unanimously committed to 100% renewable energy for municipal operations by 2030 and citywide by 2045, including the transportation sector. Subsequently, SCJC collaborated with city staff to create a Roadmap to 100 report to guide implementation efforts. SCJC has also supported the goals of Ready for 100 in Sarasota through community education and outreach, efforts to improve local building codes, and partnering with Solar United Neighbors of Florida to carry out two solar co-ops resulting in the installation of nearly one megawatt of rooftop solar power.
Ready for 100 Campaigns are now underway in Manatee County, the City of Venice, and Sarasota County.