The City of Edinburg, along with the University of Texas-Pan American and the Sierra Club, will be holding their Roll Beyond Coal Rally and Bike Ride event this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the UTPA International Trade and Technology (ITT) Bldg.

The event is one in a series of similar events planned in cities around the state calling for a clean energy future, according to Mark Peña, Sierra Club member and coordinator of Edinburg’s Cool Cities initiative. Register at

The Cool Cities program was created by Sierra, and its volunteers around the country, as a collaboration between community members, organizations, businesses, and local leaders to implement clean energy solutions that save money, create jobs, and help curb global warming.

Over 1,000 city and county leaders have made a commitment to cut their community’s carbon footprint since 2005.

Sierra Club and other organizations around the state are organizing Roll Beyond Coal events to educate and empower community members to take action to move Texas beyond coal and toward a clean energy future.

“Currently there are more newly proposed coal plants in Texas than any other state in the nation. At the same time, Texas generates more wind power than any other state and has incredible potential for solar and geothermal,” Peña said in a prepared statement.

“Through energy efficiency measures we can continue to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Most importantly, we do not need to invest in more coal fired power plants that are expensive and continue to put the health of our citizens at risk,” Peña said.