Environment Colorado endorsed Jared Polis for governor based, in part, on his promise to put our state on a path to 100 percent renewable energy. In his first executive order, Gov. Polis backed up his promise with action.

On Jan. 17, the governor signed an executive order to speed up the use of electric vehicles and decrease climate-disrupting pollution in Colorado. The mandate advances a zero-emission vehicle program, directs the remaining funds from the Volkswagen emission-cheating scandal settlement toward electrifying the state’s buses and trucks, and calls on the Department of Transportation to support transportation electrification.

“Gov. Polis’ charge to clean up Colorado’s transportation sector is exactly what communities across the state want to protect our health, our air and our environment,” said Kelsey Maxwell, organizer for Environment Colorado's Clean Car Communities campaign.

On Jan. 10, Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center released the report "Climate Solutions from Day One,"which lays out actions governors can take immediately to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon pollution and ensure a more stable climate for their states and the nation.

Photo: Environment Colorado staff showing their support for Gov. Polis' action on clean cars. Credit: Staff.