Grant Sarver September 24, 2020

In its latest move to fight climate change, California is set to ban the purchase of new gasoline-fueled cars by 2035. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the plan to phase out the internal combustion engine on Wednesday. “Mary Nichols, chair of the powerful California Air Resources Board that regulates the emissions of everything from oil refineries to power plants to cars, says that, ‘There’s an arms race going on here,’” reports Bloomberg. Established automakers and startups alike will be in a race to electrify their vehicle lineups.

California isn’t alone in the decades old push to fight climate change. Governments across the country are doing what they can to ensure the sustainability of our planet. Contracts put out by governments target industries across the spectrum including housing, vehicles, packaging, and disaster prevention.

King County, Washington, is seeking proposals for consultants, “in the field of solid waste management, environmental research & analysis, evaluation, policy development, market development for recycled materials, outreach and lobbying,” for the Solid Waste Division. The winner will, “provide Circular Economy Material, Market and System Research and Analysis for Regional Zero Waste Systems services,” to ensure the county’s goal of zero waste to reduce emissions and conserve the environment. Bids for this opportunity are due October 6.


The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is requesting proposals for replacing or repowering various modes of transport to all-electric. The reconfiguration includes freight trucks, buses, and airport ground support, as well as ferries and forklifts. They can be completely replaced with new, electric-powered vehicles, or just their engines can be replaced with electric ones. Work is expected to be completed within two years of the award date, and bids are due November 3.

As the deadline for irreversible damage from climate change nears, governments may begin to take bolder action to mitigate its effects. Some climate activists are calling for a complete overhaul of American industries to secure the sustainability and conservation of this planet. California making an effort to ban gasoline-fueled cars could just be the beginning.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.