Secretary of Natural Resources Office


Sustainable Energy

A steady movement toward renewable energy sources is among the top priorities of the Office of the Secretary. Energy demands are constantly rising due to population increases, technological advancements, and economic development. The most common forms of energy sources are those that cannot be replaced once depleted and are therefore considered non-renewable.  Mostly derived from fossil fuels (coal and oil), non-renewables have many disadvantages; such as harmful air emissions, water contamination, deforestation and land degradation which critically impacts wildlife habitats. 

Sustainable Energy is a practice by which humans create and consume energy in ways that meet current needs without detrimentally compromising the energy needs of future generations. Sustainability is achieved through the use of energy resources that cannot be depleted and are therefore considered renewable; such as the sun (solar), wind, water and hydrogen (fuel cells). Renewable energy sources produce less pollution and provide for cleaner air and water, improving environmental quality. The Office of the Secretary is working diligently to expand ongoing clean energy projects and create new opportunities for throughout the Cherokee Nation to protect the environment and promote sustainability for the next seven generations.

Low or No Emissions Programs

Our Low or No emissions program focuses on connecting rural Cherokee citizens to jobs in urban locations via clean energy transit options.


Our mitigation plan focuses on replacing specific classes of diesel-powered vehicles with zero emission electric-powered vehicles and supporting infrastructure.