For our May 23rd program, Joy Baxter will will present about The Clean Energy Co-op’s support of local solar projects. This presentation is a follow-up to last month’s program: Ron Celentano’s PA Solar Update.
In the Spring of 2021 a new finance option for nonprofits and community businesses looking to install solar became available in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Clean Energy Co-op supports local solar energy projects that benefit our community through a pooled funding approach. The proven and awarded model has helped nonprofits and community businesses ‘go solar’ through the investments of co-op members. Co-op members engage in socially conscious investing to enable the development of solar installations. Membership is attractive to residents that are not able to install solar on their own home or want to make a difference in their community. In addition to helping to finance solar installations, The Clean Energy Co-op educates nonprofits, especially Houses of Worship on all financing options for going solar.
Joy Baxter is a trained Creation Care Ambassador for Blessed Tomorrow and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She is chair of the Green Team of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore, co-chair of the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee and chair of the Southeast PA chapter of the Clean Energy Co-op that develops renewable energy installations through local community investment. Joy has used her background in engineering to bring a fresh analysis and solutions. We are grateful to Joy Baxter for presenting this program.
This meeting, recorded Wednesday, May 18, 2022, is part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).
TOPIC: National Infrastructure Bank with PA IPL & JEA
This joint session with JEA focuses on the work being done to introduce the infrastructure bank in Pennsylvania. Members of the National Infrastructure Bank Coalition present information about the work it has been doing in PA to gain support for HR 3339. This bill creates a National Infrastructure Bank to facilitate the long-term financing of infrastructure projects. One of the co-sponsors is Dwight Evans (D-PA 3).
There is broad and growing grassroots support for HR 3339 across the state as evidenced by the large number of private citizens, elected state and local officials, labor organizations, small business owners, and rail advocates, who are volunteering their time and effort to get HR 3339 the support it needs in from Congress. A National Infrastructure Bank would help fund and maintain green infrastructure necessary for sustainability.
As the Covid-19 pandemic, the breakdown of the domestic supply chain, and the rapid rise of inflation have converged to create a “perfect storm” of economic dislocation, it has created a unique opportunity to reverse decades of neglect of critical infrastructure, by rebuilding manufacturing and the American workforce.
Meet with State Senator Tim Kearney: Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day virtual lobbying meeting with State Senator Tim Kearney! We will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10-11am and then we will meet with State Senator Tim Kearney from 11-11:30am.
Meet with State Representative Donna Bullock: Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Donna Bullock! We will have a virtual lobbying training session from 12:30-1pm and then we will meet with State Representative Donna Bullock from 1-1:30pm.
Political Advocacy Letter Writing: Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day session for political advocacy letter writing! This meeting will run from 5-6:00pm and will focus on personal stories sharing about why climate justice matters to you. We will be writing letters to Cartwright and Biden with topics such as clean energy and transitioning out of fossil fuel infrastructure in the state.
Day #2: Friday, May 20
Sustainable Health & Development: Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day session on sustainable health and development with Senator Saval! Senator Saval and other leaders will join us from 12-1:00pm to discuss Sustainable Health and Development throughout PA.
The City of Pittsburgh’s energy & water reduction goals align with PA IPL’s Mission of promoting energy, water, and waste conservation to move towards a cleaner and more equitable economy. PA IPL brought together organizational members and friends to a meeting introducing faith-based organizations to energy & water benchmarking, and to the City of Pittsburgh Benchmarking Ordinance itself, in the hope that more of us will benchmark to track and reduce utilities usage as well as to reach a high level of benchmarking ordinance compliance.
Any individual or organization can use Energy Star/Portfolio Manager to benchmark and track energy & water use to keep yourself or your facility moving toward a cleaner tomorrow.
PA IPL staff and board members are joined by the City’s Energy Advisor, Flore Marion, and Intern, Jessie Biltz, in a presentation and Q&A session.
Sign up here if you would like to join the Pittsburgh & SW PA IPL Chapter!