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.

Interfaith Organization Releases Faithful Voter Reflection Guide

Encourages Religious Voters to Reflect on Shared Faith Values in 2022

Washington, D.C. — Today Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) released a “faithful voter reflection guide” in advance of the upcoming election season. The guide discusses many of the defining moral issues that are on the ballot, including faltering democratic institutions, too much wealth in the hands of a few, damage to the climate, and threats to global public health and security.

The guide, endorsed by other national faith-based partners and IPL state affiliates, will be distributed across the country for discussion in diverse faith communities. It includes discussion questions for reflection and sample questions to ask candidates.

IPL President Rev. Susan Hendershot, the Climate Reality Project’s William Barber III, NETWORK’s Mary Novak, and Georgia Interfaith Power & Light’s Gayla Tillman will discuss the guide on a webinar for IPL supporters on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00pm ET. Members of the media interested in viewing the webinar or receiving a webinar recording can contact Mike Kennedy at mike@interfaithpowerandlight.org.

To download a copy of the guide, click here.


Interfaith Power & Light and IPL state affiliates released these statements about the voter reflection guide:

Rev. Susan Hendershot, President, Interfaith Power & Light:

“The release of this guide comes at a moment in time when we are seeing the threat to our democracy that voter suppression poses, and when the intersections between climate change, global health, systemic racism, and other moral issues are on the ballot. The time is ripe to examine how our spiritual and religious beliefs can and should be serving the greater good, through dismantling structures of oppression and curing the disease that threatens our common home. We know that if we want a country that reflects our highest values, we have to participate thoughtfully in elections.”

Codi Norred, Executive Director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light:

“Georgia Interfaith Power & Light will be distributing this faithful voter reflection guide throughout our network of interfaith congregations around the state. Economic, racial, and climate justice are urgent moral issues. Using our voices to fulfill our civic duty and vote in every election makes a difference in our communities.”

David Heayn-Menendez, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light:

“Whether Pennsylvanians of faith are at their kitchen table, in their house of worship, at a community forum, or at an event with political candidates, we hope this faithful voter reflection guide helps them navigate the urgent moral questions facing our nation in this year’s election.”


Interfaith Power & Light is a national nonprofit organization with 40 state affiliates and 22,000 congregations in all 50 states. IPL inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change.

Upcoming Lobbying Meetings

June 8th: Senator Bob Casey, Jr.

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with Senator Casey! On Wednesday, June 8 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 2:00-3:00pm and then we will meet with Senator Casey from 3:00-3:30pm.


July 5th: State Representative Dan Miller

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Miller! On Tuesday, July 5 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10:30-11:30am and then we will meet with State Representative Miller from 11:30am-12:00pm.


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.