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Why One Conservative Texas City Went 100% Renewable

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  • This engaging video explains how and why Georgetown, Texas became a 100% renewable city. 
  • The video host, Joe Hanson, meets with the town's mayor to discuss how and why they went 100% renewable. 
Teaching Tips


  • The video includes a variety of engaging graphics, text, and music to engage students.
  • The video gives students a differing perspective on the decisions to move towards renewable solutions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video has an advertisement at the end. Content finishes at 7 minutes, 47 seconds.
  • Students would benefit from having an understanding of the impacts of nonrenewable energy.


  • Economics and civics classes can use this video to look at the motives behind political decisions. The podcast Republicans Ready to Tackle Climate Change and the video This Tiny Town Shows How We Could Achieve 100% Clean Energy could be used for students to discuss this topic further.
  • Social studies classes could discuss the role of leadership and which qualities make good leaders. Students could compare the actions of Dale Ross with other political leaders who acted against the mainstream of their political party.
Scientist Notes
In this resource Georgetown, Texas is leading the way in renewable energy production and consumption. This has overarching benefits on the environment and human health. The resource is suitable to inspire governments at any level to implement better environmental policies and to transition to renewable energy. This is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
      • D2.Eco.7.9-12 Use benefits and costs to evaluate the effectiveness of government policies to improve market outcomes.
      • D2.Eco.8.9-12 Describe the possible consequences, both intended and unintended, of government policies to improve market outcomes.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
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