‘Ready for 100’ plan to kick off Dec. 20

Event to be held at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to the first in a series of community meetings as the City of Sarasota kicks off its Ready for 100 Plan.

The session will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, located at 1845 John Rivers St. (formerly 34th Street), the city has announced.

The plan, approved by the City Commission in June, calls for 100% renewable energy for municipal operations by 2030 and community-wide by 2045, the release explains.

“We made a commitment last summer, and now we’re figuring out how best to reach that goal,” said Stevie Freeman-Montes, the city’s sustainability manager, in the release. “We can’t do it without the community, and that’s why we want to support existing efforts, partner wherever possible, and receive advice from the public throughout every step of the process,” she added in the release.

The objective for the first meeting is to have participants review the city’s current energy profile, as well as state and utility company policies, and then for city staff to encourage brainstorming from the public in the effort to develop potential strategies for reaching the 100% renewable energy goal, the release points out.

Each subsequent meeting will have a unique focus, ultimately working toward the creation of a plan to achieve the city’s goals, the release adds.

All other meetings also will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. The dates follow, with the specific focus noted:

  • Feb. 21, 2018 — Evaluate Strategies.
  • April 18, 2018 — Mid-Project Report.
  • June 20, 2018 — Create Implementation Plan.

Additional meetings after June 2018 may be added to the calendar, the release notes.