Update: Effort to engage local elected officials in campaign urging Walmart to go solar kicks off

DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is the first elected official to sign onto a letter being circulated by Environment America Research & Policy Center urging Walmart to commit to installing solar on all viable rooftops and parking lots by 2035

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.

On Tuesday June 28, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau of Washington, DC’s Ward 1 became the first local elected official to add her name to a letter urging Walmart to go solar.

This summer Environment America Research & Policy Center is reaching out to local officials from communities that host Walmart, educating them about the benefits local renewable energy generation like rooftop solar can bring their communities and asking them to urge Walmart, the retailer with the most rooftop solar potential in America, to commit to putting solar on all of its available roof space by 2035. 

Rooftop solar provides pollution-free energy. When paired with energy storage, rooftop solar panels can also help improve grid resiliency in the face of blackouts and reduce the cost of electricity for consumers. The sprawling, flat, and unobstructed roofs and parking lots of America's big box stores are the ideal places for solar. 

Local elected officials have until June 21st to add their name to the letter and can do so here.

For more information about Walmart's rooftop solar potential, check out Solar on Superstores

Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.