Joshua Long and Peri Kincaid (2018). “A Red City Goes Green: The Renewable Energy Partnership of Georgetown, Texas and Southwestern University.” Sustainability: The Journal of Record 11(6), 298-306. https://doi.org/10.1089/sus.2018.0017
Abstract: Despite political division and slow progress on environmental issues at the national level, renewable energy has made significant gains in the United States in recent years. Much of this progress has occurred because of federal and state incentives, as well as other economic factors. Additionally, the success of renewable energy has relied upon strategic partnerships among municipalities and institutions at the local level. The recent media recognition of these green energy “success stories”—while certainly deserving of attention—often overlooks a much more complex history of policy efforts, logistical advancements, and economic shifts that have created the right conditions for growth in green energy. This article presents a contemporary history of the renewable energy partnership between Southwestern University and the City of Georgetown, Texas, which suggests that understanding the complexity of geographic, political, logistical, and economic factors is not only necessary for documenting an accurate history of these decisions, it also provides useful context for policy makers and advocates who wish to promote renewable energy in their own communities.