September 2021 Sustained Advocacy Policy Update Call with Guest Speaker from IPL

Calls take place monthly on 4th Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
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This month’s Sustained Advocacy Policy Update call is Thursday, September 23rd from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. We will be joined by Jonathan Lacock-Nisly, Federal Policy Associate for Interfaith Power and Light (IPL). He will give updates on IPL as well as talk about next steps in the Build Back Better Agenda.

The House is back in Session and we are closer than ever to Congress passing historic clean energy legislation. We will discuss opportunities to advocate with Congress for two policies related to the U.S. climate response in recovery legislation: Clean Electricity Payment Program (CEPP), and clean energy, transportation, and manufacturing incentives.

In August 2021, the EPA proposed revisions to existing national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for Model Years 2023 – 2026. We will discuss resources as well as a few things you can use to help amplify efforts to bring attention to this issue.

Register here for this meeting.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW MEETING TIME OF 5:00-6:00 PM EST

You are welcome to join these Zoom calls from your phone or your computer — we share links in the chat during the call which will later appear in the summary. There is no fee to participate, just your normal costs for call minutes or internet service. We are able to do this work because of financial donations of all sizes, given by people like you.

These calls are scheduled monthly, and are a chance to develop and maintain a base of knowledge about current and emerging climate policy and legislation, municipal through federal, with a focus on important issues and/or roles for Pennsylvanians and moral, ethical, and faith-rooted messages.

The calls are open to people at any stage of advocacy and policy involvement. We begin and end with a short meditation, reflection, prayer or centering breath, and include both reports and discussion. We will identify and/or choose a limited number of key actions for each month.

The resources that support this call come from and through a variety of sources: IPL national, the Washington Inter-religious Staff Community and connected organizations, the US Climate Action Network, and PennFuture.

If you are interested in joining, sign up here.

No More Tax Breaks for Fossil Fuels with JEA

Part of PA IPL’s Ongoing Partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance

Jewish Earth Alliance and PA Interfaith Power & Light are co-sponsoring this informational and motivational meeting on Sunday, September 19 at 7:00pm.

TOPIC: No More Tax Breaks for Fossil Fuels

SPEAKER: Rob Altenburg, Senior Director for Energy & Climate for PennFuture

We will be discussing the report Rob and PennFuture wrote about subsidies for fossil fuels. Register here for this event.

Recognizing that the time is now to pass far reaching climate actions by the federal government, the Jewish Earth Alliance and Pennsylvania IPL formed a coalition to advocate for climate actions with our federal elected officials. Each month we hold an informational session where we discuss a specific topic relating to environmental sustainability/environmental justice and then help people to write letters to their senators and representative on this topic. The Jewish Earth Alliance provides the topic, background information, and template letter to customize.

REGISTER HERE for Sunday, September 19th.

Renewable Energy & The National Environmental Energy Standard with JEA

Part of PA IPL’s Ongoing Partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance

Speakers: Odette Mucha, Mid-Atlantic Regulatory Director and Federal Liaison Vote Solarand
An inspirational spiritual speaker.

Jewish Earth Alliance and PA Interfaith Power & Light are co-sponsoring this informational and motivational meeting on Wednesday, September 1 at 7:30pm.

The US still gets 60% of its electricity from fossil fuels. Electrical generation is a major source of carbon emissions, second only to transportation. To avert the worst effects of climate change we need to use 100% clean renewable energy such as from solar or wind. A federal Clean Energy Standards (CES) would mandate progress toward the use of renewables for the entire country, which would be a tremendous step toward eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change.

Democrats are aiming to pass a budget under the rules of reconciliation, offering another opportunity to remediate the climate crisis. Their proposed $3.5 trillion budget includes CES, and other climate solutions such as electric car incentives and energy efficient buildings. Members of Congress need to hear our call for comprehensive CES that accelerates the transition to renewable energy, with justice for communities harmed by fossil fuel.

REGISTER HERE for Wednesday, September 1st.

Public Comments to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission on the Department of Environmental Protection’s C02 Budget Trading Program/Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Rulemaking

September 1, 2021

Commissioners:

Thank you for allowing me to speak today. My name is David Heayn-Menendez and I am the executive director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, a community of congregations, faith-based organizations and individuals of faith responding to climate change as an ethical and moral issue. We are the Pennsylvania affiliate of Interfaith Power & Light, a national organization, and as our mission suggests, we are concerned about the existential crisis we face as a result of climate change. The greenhouse gas pollution we are generating is unsustainable for our people and our planet and we are not outliers in this belief: In Pennsylvania alone, a substantial energy-producing state, over 70% of voters in recent polling called for solutions to cut carbon pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants.

And here’s where the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative comes in. As you know, RGGI is an established multi-state cap-and-invest program that seeks to slash carbon emissions from the power sector while generating proceeds that can be invested in cleaner energy generation including solar, wind and nuclear. The RGGI program proceeds have also buttressed energy efficiency efforts in participating states and according to ACEEE, every dollar invested in efficiency in low-income households through the Weatherization Assistance Program results in $2.53 in energy and non-energy benefits for a community. These are real benefits for Pennsylvanians in frontline communities that have long borne an inordinate pollution burden.

It is critical that we take action on climate change now and a program like RGGI is positioned to provide immediate benefits to both our environment and the economy. I was one of hundreds of speakers who lent their voice last summer during public hearings on RGGI, hearings which affirmed the overwhelming support among Pennsylvanians for the commonwealth’s participation in the program. Our citizens are rightly concerned about what the future will look like for their children and families if we don’t meaningfully address planetary warming right now. Having Pennsylvania link to RGGI in early 2022 is very much in the public interest, which is why we urge an affirmative vote for this rulemaking from the commissioners today. I appreciate your time and consideration.

August 2021 Sustained Advocacy Policy Update Call: Global Warming Solutions with Kelly Flanigan from PennEnvironment

Calls take place on 4th Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 PM
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PLEASE NOTE THE NEW MEETING TIME OF 5:00-6:00 PM EST

For this month’s Policy call, we will be joined by Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Advocate and Digital Organizer for PennEnvironment. Kelly will speak on 100% renewables, AEPS, Appliance Energy Efficiency standards, coalition letters, and PennEnvironment’s federal priorities including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package. PA IPL has been doing work around these issues as well and we are excited to hear from a fellow environmental organization in the state!

Calls can be made from your phone or computer. The only charges are your normal charges for call or internet service. There are no additional charges.

These calls are scheduled monthly, and are a chance to develop and maintain a base of knowledge about current and emerging climate policy and legislation, municipal through federal, with a focus on important issues and/or roles for Pennsylvanians and moral, ethical, and faith-rooted messages.

The calls are open to people at any stage of advocacy and policy involvement. We begin and end with a short meditation, reflection, prayer or centering breath, and include both reports and discussion. We will identify and/or choose a limited number of key actions for each month.

The resources that support this call come from and through a variety of sources: IPL national, the Washington Inter-religious Staff Community and connected organizations, the US Climate Action Network, and PennFuture

Sign up to be on the policy call reminder list.

How to Write Effective Letters to Elected Officials

Part of PA IPL’s Ongoing Partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance

Speakers: Phyllis Blumberg, Advocate, PA wide organizer for Jewish Earth Alliance; and
Seth P. Sacks or Ryan Adams who are both Field Directors for Climate Action PA, for the League of Conservation Voters.

If you care about averting the worst effects of climate change it is essential that you raise your voice and let decision makers, especially your elected policy makers, know how you feel and how you want them to act.

One of the best ways you can let your elected officials know you care about environmental issues is to write personal letters. Yet for many people letter writing can be intimidating. Therefore, you are invited to attend an interactive session where you can learn to easily write these letters. You will also write your letter during this session.

This session will walk you through how to write letters to your elected officials to express your views on actions that need to be taken. We will answer all your questions and talk about how to tell your own personal story that will have impact and meaning for your readers.

REGISTER HERE for this training on Wednesday, August 25th.