Clean Energy Justice Convergence

PA IPL is joining with local partners, including the Clean Energy Convergence, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Breathe Project, Ohio River Valley Institute, FracTracker Alliance, Environmental Health Project, Women for a Healthy Environment, Valley Clean Air Now, Center for Coalfield Justice, Clean Air Council, Environmental Integrity Project, Re-!magine Beaver County, Protect PT, Fenceline Watch, The Natural History Museum, and PennFuture to promote a series of events from Tuesday, 9/20, through Friday, 9/23.

These events are timed to coincide with the 2022 Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF) and are designed to demonstrate the price we pay in dollars and in human & environmental health due to continued support of the fossil fuel industry. Our group seeks to encourage GCEAF attendees to support truly clean energy policies & initiatives, particularly in frontline communities, by highlighting the human & environmental health impacts that are visible & invisible in Southwestern PA. You can find the full range of planned events on the event’s website.

Join PA IPL & Clean Energy Justice Convergence Partners

Thursday, 9/22, 10am – 2pm
Schenley Plaza, Oakland Neighborhood, Pittsburgh, PA

10am
Lummi Nation Totem Pole Welcome & Water Ceremony

Noon
Press Conference & Rally

Please email Kathy Hrabovsky at outreach@paipl.org to let us know you will be joining us in the Lummi Welcome Ceremony & Rally. We will meet under the tented pavilion at Schenley Plaza, at 9:45am. Please share throughout your network.

If an evening event is more convenient, please consider registering for the Clean Energy Justice Roundtable at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens on Thursday evening. We will automatically send you a meeting link after you register.

Learn more about the Clean Energy Justice Roundtable at Phipps Conservatory
Thursday, 9/22, 5:30-7pm
1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Register for the Roundtable Here

In hope for a clean & just tomorrow!

Coalition Letter Supporting 100% Renewable Energy

PA IPL has signed on to the below Coalition Letter calling on Pennsylvania officials to support a to transition to 100% renewable energy on the heels of the recent SCOTUS ruling in the WV v EPA Case:


On behalf of the organizations signed below, we are writing to ask you to do everything in your power to move Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy.

On the heels of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v EPA severely limiting the EPA’s authority to regulate climate pollution from power plants, it’s more urgent than ever that states like Pennsylvania lead in the fight to rein in climate pollution, and achieve the solutions called for by the scientific community: move towards 100% renewable energy.

There is growing consensus in the scientific community that if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change and leave a safer planet for our children and future generations, we must eliminate our emission of global warming pollution by 2050.

The stakes are incredibly high given the threat of more extreme weather events, the spread of exotic viruses and diseases, and health threats like increased cases of asthma and other respiratory ailments, and all the financial costs associated with addressing these challenges.

And the recent SCOTUS decision to hamstring the authority of the EPA only makes the need for state action more urgent.

The good news is that we have the tools at our fingertips to achieve these goals and solve the climate crisis. Multiple studies have laid out paths for Pennsylvania to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050, and to date, at least ten states have passed laws requiring that their own states achieve this goal.Setting a 100% requirement will ensure that the Commonwealth is doing its part to fight climate change and set a strong example for other states across the nation. Given the new hurdles put in place for federal solutions, leadership from states like Pennsylvania will be more crucial than ever.

So, I hope you will join us advocating aggressively for climate solutions in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, and support efforts to transition Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

A New Vision for the Monongahela Valley

Alternatives to Plastics & Hydrogen Hubs

Join the Battle of Homestead Foundation on Thursday, August 11th from 7:30 – 9:00pm for a live, virtual discussion about A New Vision for the Monongahela Valley“: Alternatives to Plastics & Hydrogen Hubs. This event will feature PA IPL Board Member Dr. Patricia DeMarco and PA IPL 2021 Annual Conference Speaker and Executive Director of the Breathe Project, Dr. Matt Mehalik.

Dr. DeMarco and Dr. Mehalik will discuss sustainable solutions such as clean jobs and clean energy for the Monongahela Valley. This discussion will include solutions and issues we do not typically hear about in generic news coverage. These solutions can be applied across PA.

Register Here!

Lobbying Meeting with Congressman Lloyd Smucker

Please join us on Wednesday, August 10 at 2:30pm for a lobbying meeting with Congressman Lloyd Smucker.

A training will be held an hour prior to the call on August 10th from 1:30 – 2:30pm.

This meeting will be on the Congressman’s views on the Inflation Reduction Act, clean energy, transportation, and supporting federal investments. These investments will accelerate the transition to clean energy and transportation, some of which are included in the bipartisan infrastructure deal.

Register here and we look forward to your participation!

Lobbying Meeting with Council Member Kendra Brooks

Please join us on Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00am for a lobbying meeting with Council Member Kendra Brooks.

A training will be held an hour prior to the call on August 2nd from 9:00 – 10:00am.

This meeting will focus on the Just Services PHL campaign and the city budget. The #JustServicesPHL campaign is focused on equitable provision of basic services, like trash collection, street light repairs, cleaning vacant properties, removing abandoned cars, and traffic calming. We believe these are all key environmental justice priorities. POWER Interfaith would like to call on Council Members Gauthier, Brooks, & Gym to include a fair (restorative) distribution of street tree planting among their list of basic services. Research here in Philly found that people felt safer after greening, violent crime decreased, and decreased stress was measurable in neighbors’ health.

Register here and we look forward to your participation!

Lobbying Meeting with State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta

Please join us on Wednesday, July 13 at 11:00am for a lobbying meeting with State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta.

A training will be held an hour prior to the call on July 13th from 10:00 – 11:00am.

We will be meeting with State Rep. Kenyatta to discuss his support for big, bold investments in renewable energy, clean vehicles, environmental justice, and climate resilience by passing climate and clean energy investments in the State. These investments will go a long way toward protecting our climate and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure to meet the demands of a 21st century economy. It will also invest in rebuilding communities that have borne the brunt of pollution for too long.

Register here and we look forward to your participation!