Wayne: Chester County Clean Energy Tour

Location: Chester County, including Wayne Central Baptist Church, 106 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

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Ever wonder what it would be like for your home, workplace, farm, local government or house of worship to go solar? To become more energy efficient, reduce pollution and save money? Did you know Chester County is a state leader in solar energy and energy efficiency?

We have more than 30 Open Houses at schools, universities, businesses, farms, non-profits, municipalities and homes in Chester County so you can find out! Be inspired at this FREE event that features self-guided tours in four areas across our beautiful the county.

Kick off events will provide an orientation, tour map and suggested route. The homes, businesses, farms, schools and public places you visit will demonstrate green technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, green design, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and more.

NEW!!! PECO is offering FREE energy assessments for the those who sign up at the tour!

Come to one of our 4 kick off locations at Wayne Central Baptist Church, 106 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087. The church set a goal of being 100% carbon neutral. They installed 48 solar panels in 2009 on a south-facing flat roof. Eastern tour also includes other inspiring examples of local businesses, a local athletic facility, homes and a public school.

This event is free and open to the public —everyone is welcome to attend. Whether you are a solar owner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between— this event is for you.  Grab a couple of other folks from your congregation and head to the tour.  Make Central Baptist Church in Wayne one of your stops for sure!

Check out Central Baptist Church’s “Getting to Zero” posts here! 

100% Renewable Energy — Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb’s remarks

On June 19, 2019, the Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb (pastor of Sixth Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh) gave remarks at the 2019 100% Renewable Lobby Day rally organized by our friends at PennEnvironment.

He’s kindly shared his remarks with us here. Since these remarks were necessarily brief, at the end you’ll find a few links to learn more about the exciting energy resolution of the Pittsburgh Presbytery. Prefer video? His remarks begin at 27 min here.

Good morning!

Eleanor Roosevelt once said

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

We have gathered today because we have a beautiful dream: 100% renewable energy for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2050.

I am here to tell you that people of faith in southwestern PA are working hard to make this beautiful dream a reality. In Pittsburgh Presbytery in 2017, our region of churches submitted a resolution to our national church to divest our national resources from fossil fuels. This is a part of a growing worldwide movement, as clean, renewable sources of energy become responsible and profitable investments. Today, approximately 5.5 trillion dollars have been divested from the fossil fuel industry and faith-based organizations are leading the way at 27% of those institutions making divestment commitments!

We have begun a region-wide effort to provide congregations the opportunity to convert to renewable energy sources: solar panels on roofs and undeveloped properties, cooperative purchase of energy needs, affordable energy audits for aging facilities, and the establishment of neighborhood solar cooperatives. This is in keeping with the vision of Mayor Bill Peduto and our City Council in Pittsburgh, which have pledged the Steel City to be 100% clean energy by 2035.

At the same historic Presbytery meeting in December of 2017, our regional body condemned the construction of the Shell Cracker plant in Beaver County, that will emit 2.25 million tons of CO2 annually in a region that is already in the top 2% for cancer risk because of air pollution. We want our region to be a clean energy hub, not a new cancer alley!

We are part of a faith tradition that has affirmed our responsibility to care for the earth as our home and care for all people, especially our most vulnerable populations who are at risk for cancer, disease, and asthma.  Clergy and lay people of faith will continue to advocate for the care of our home, because our sacred scriptures have commanded us to be good stewards of the gifts God has given us.

Rev. Kolb as the crowd begins to assemble on the steps in the Capitol Rotunda

Who wants 100% renewable energy in PA? We do!
Who wants 100% renewable energy in PA? We do!

Thank you!

Want more? Click through to:

  • sign up to host a screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a National Geographic film that features work cities, towns, and states are doing to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • learn about the massive petrochemical complex including an multi-state underground storage facility and the first of several gargantuan “cracker plants” which use “wet gas” from fracking for plastics manufacturing.
  • read the three-part resolution itself.
  • peruse the FAQ page that FossilFreePCUSA created in advance of the the 2018 national divestment overture.
  • join PA IPL’s monthly Policy Update calls to stay current on state and federal climate and clean energy policies. Each month includes positive news, a discussion hook, and one state and one federal action item.



100% Renewable Energy— solar installer remarks

Jacob Mann from SunDirected was scheduled to give remarks at the 2019 100% Renewable Lobby Day organized by our friends at PennEnvironment.

Full disclosure: SunDirected is a perennial silver sponsor of our bike trip. They’re in central Pennsylvania. For you Eastern Pennsylvania folks, Exact Solar was also a 2019 silver sponsor, too.

Jacob’s remarks:

Good morning everyone! I want to thank Penn Environment once again for the opportunity to be here and speak.

Continue reading 100% Renewable Energy— solar installer remarks

PHILADELPHIA: Bringing Light to Dark Times—Workshops on the Urgent Transition to 100% Clean Energy

The Eco-Justice Collaborative invites of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting welcomes members of the community to join us on Saturday, June 15, 2019
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
in the Rufus Jones Room of the
Friends’ Center in Philadelphia 

Bringing Light to Dark Times: Workshops on the Urgent Transition to 100% Clean Energy

Morning Sessions  9:30 AM – 12:30
100% Renewable Meetings to 100% Renewable Communities
Getting to net zero and how to encourage action to create local energy policies.

Workshop leaders:
Paula Kline, Eco-Justice Collaborative (Westtown Monthly Meeting) and Chuck Marshall, Central Baptist Church, Wayne, PA

Afternoon Sessions  1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Renewable Energy Opportunities

  • Efficiency for your Meeting and Home:
  • Solarize: How neighbors can work together to install solar
  • Community level renewable opportunities

Workshop leaders:
Liz Robinson, former director of the Energy Coordinating Agency, (Central Philadelphia Meeting)
Mark Connolly, engineer (Schuylkill Meeting)

Registration and more information.

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