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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Economics, Civics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 8 minutes, 27 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South, Texas


YouTube Video

Why One Conservative Texas City Went 100% Renewable

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  • This interesting video explains how and why Georgetown, Texas became one of the first 100% renewable energy cities in the United States. 
  • The video host meets with the town's mayor to discuss the financial and business benefits of using wind and solar energy instead of fossil fuels. 
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.
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