Upcoming Lobbying Meetings

July 6th: State Representative Rick Krajewski

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Krajewski! On Wednesday, July 6 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 9:00-10:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Krajewski from 10:00-10:30am.


July 12th: State Representative Dan Miller

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Miller! On Tuesday, July 12 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10:00-11:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Miller from 11:00am-11:30am.


July 13th: State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta! On Wednesday, July 13 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10:00-11:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Kenyatta from 11:00-11:30am.


August 2nd: Council Member Kendra Brooks

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with Council Member Brooks! On Tuesday, August 2 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 9:00-10:00am and then we will meet with Council Member Brooks from 10:00-10:30am.

Now Available: Video of PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022 “Walking Through Life with Active Hope”

Session 2: “Environmental Justice”

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, June 22, 2022, was the second of four sessions of PA IPL’s 2022 Interfaith Spiritual Care series, “Walking Through Life With Active Hope.” The theme of our second program is “Environmental Justice.” We explore this topic with music, meditation, images, prayer, and Active Hope practices.

PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022: “Walking Through Life With Active Hope”
Session 2: “Environmental Justice”
Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00pm

This Spiritual Care series provides space for our interfaith work and expressions of our traditions. Each event is designed to help us come together, reconnect, and seek hope as an interfaith community. Additionally, we offer opportunities for PA IPL Board Members and Chapter Members to organize faith specific celebrations.

Now Available: Video of June’s PA IPL Statewide Summer Film Series

Discussion with Jonathan Sprout about his NetZero Lifestyle, Music, & Short Films

PA IPL Statewide Summer Film Series – June 2022 – Discussion with Jonathan Sprout about his NetZero Lifestyle, Music, & Short Films

PA IPL is offering our summer film series for the second year in a row! This June we viewed a series of films by Jonathan Sprout, founder of Force for Good. Jonathan joined us for a discussion of his NetZero Lifestyle, music, and short films on Monday, June 20th from 7:00-8:30pm.

Jonathan founded Force for Good in 2016. Jonathan states:
Our primary objective through our music and films is to unify, empower, and inspire people to become activists. We are optimists who promote peace, equality, and compassion for all. We hope that you will join us. Be the force that uplifts the doers of good.

To fulfill his mission, Jonathan provides his films, free of charge, on the Force for Good website. All films run between 5-10 minutes, so PA IPL encourages you to watch all of the Force for Good films. They are informative and inspirational. They will remind you of what we work so hard to protect. However, if your time is limited, we suggest: Oceans, Wind Energy, Plastic, Reverence, Wilderness, Natural, Homeless, Ice, Organic, Harmony, Grace, Community, Hope, Solar, and Happiness.

Now Available: Video of June 15 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

New Proposed EPA Rules and Measuring and Reducing Methane Emissions with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, June 15, 2022, is part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
New Proposed EPA Rules and Measuring and Reducing Methane Emissions with PA IPL & JEA

SPEAKERS:
John Rutecki, Regulatory and Legislative Manager at EDF
David Lyon, Senior Scientist at EDF

Inspirational speaker: Arthur Gershkoff

This joint session with JEA focuses on how Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry threaten the climate and waste natural resources. For over a decade, the Environmental Defense Fund has researched O&G methane emissions and advocated for strong regulations and other solutions to reduce emissions. John Rutecki and David Lyon from EDF provide an overview of EPA’s proposed methane rule that would regulate hundreds of thousands of existing sites, plus a summary of EDF’s recent research into the detection, quantification, and mitigation of emissions.

Fracking Ban in Allegheny County Parks

June 16, 2022

As an Allegheny County resident, past Sustainability Manager with Allegheny County, Chairperson of the Mt. Lebanon Environmental Team and, particularly, as Development Associate with Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL), I am writing to request that you vote yes in support of the bill proposed by Councilpersons Olivia Bennett, Jack Betkowski, Bethany Hallam, Michelle Naccarati Chapkis, and Anita Prizio to protect Allegheny County’s parks from new fracking and industrial development, Bill No. 12162-22.

I was born in Allegheny County in 1960, and have seen significant changes in air & water quality over my lifetime. When I fished in the North Park Lake and the Allegheny River with my father in the 1960s, we caught fish that had tumors in their bodies & ulcers on their skin, and we caught frogs & salamanders that had more than four legs and two tails. As a science teacher, my father explained that these conditions were caused by air & water pollution. He enforced a strict catch and release policy for fish because he did not want his family to ingest pollutants that were concentrated in the fish’s bodies.

Then, we witnessed air & water quality and riparian health improvement after the passage of the Clean Air & Clean Water Acts in the 1960s & 1970s. The improvement went so far as to draw sport fish back to Pittsburgh, permitting sport fishing tournaments, such as the Bassmaster Classic, at Point State Park in 2005, and others.

After living out of state for 15 years, I returned in 1998 to raise my family the way that I had been raised, with a strong connection to our beautiful environment in SW PA. We recreated in Allegheny County and other parks & recreational areas for twenty-four years. My children have grown up and moved away, but, now that my husband and I are empty nesters, we still visit North Park, South Park, and Settler’s Cabin Park to listen to music, hike, bike, walk our dog, and kayak. Please vote yes to protect our parks for people of all ages and interests.  

Our Allegheny County parks are our treasures, connected by beltways similar to the Boston Emerald Necklace of parks. We know that unconventional shale gas drilling, or fracking, has been linked to dangerous airborne radiation, toxic air pollution (like benzene), and harmful water pollution. Let’s continue the improvement of air & water quality. Let’s not go backwards. Let’s protect all of our green spaces in order to improve human & environmental health, by not permitting unconventional shale gas drilling, and other forms of industry, in our parks and recreational areas. Please vote yes to protect ourselves and other plant & animal species.

Many of our Allegheny County Councilpersons and employees are people of faith. PA IPL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that inspires and mobilizes people of faith to take bold and just action on climate change. As Development Associate with PA IPL, I urge you to reach inside your hearts. Please vote yes to protect our parks as your faith dictates.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kathleen A. Hrabovsky
Development Associate
PA Interfaith Power & Light

Support for Bill No. 12162-22

Ban Fracking from Allegheny County Public Lands

June 9, 2022

PA IPL would like to share Dr. Patricia DeMarco’s letter in support of Bill No. 12162-22, to ban from Allegheny County public lands all slick-water hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations and other industrial activities noted in the proposal.

Dr. DeMarco, a PA IPL board member, is the Vice President of the Forest Hills Borough Council. She advocates for this ban on fracking on behalf of the citizens of the Borough of Forest Hills, and for the children present and future who have no voice in these matters.

You can read Dr. DeMarco’s full letter here.

Additionally, you can find Dr. DeMarco’s Appendix A. Fracking Exemptions from Federal Laws here.