Environmental Justice and Human Resilience: PA IPL 2022 Annual Conference

Join PA IPL for our 2022 Annual Conference: Environmental Justice and Human Resilience.

The Conference this year has an Environmental Justice theme and will be live and in-person. There will be two workshops each in four regions of PA: Philadelphia (Southeastern PA), Scranton (Northeastern PA), Lancaster (Central PA), and Pittsburgh (Western PA).

While the Conference will take place on Sunday, November 13 from 1:00 – 4:15pm, the Keynote Address by Dr. Joylette Portlock, Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, will be recorded and attendees will be able to access the video at their leisure after it’s over.

PA IPL’s 2022 Annual Conference Environmental Justice and Human Resilience will open with a virtual keynote address & response panel session broadcast across PA, which will be followed by two workshops in each of our four in-person locations: Philadelphia (SE PA), Scranton (NE PA), Lancaster (Central PA), and Pittsburgh (SW PA). There will be breaks, with refreshments, between the sessions at the in-person locations.

The Keynote Session, 1:00 – 1:50pm, will feature Dr. Joylette Portlock, Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, as our keynote speaker. We are currently confirming two panelists, one from the Philadelphia region, and one from either the Scranton or Lancaster regions, to respond to Dr. Portlock’s address. The three speakers, together, will respond to questions from the audience after their individual presentations.

Workshop Session 1, 2:00 – 2:50pm, and Workshop Session 2, 3:00 – 3:50pm, will occur at each in-person location and will feature expert speakers from the particular region on relevant regional topics. The topics we will explore include:

    • Faith & Secular Community Organization Response to Environmental Justice: Successes & Challenges
    • Creation Care: Native Species, Watershed Protection, & Land Conservation
    • Climate Change Strategies at the Local & National Level: How to Make Each Opportunity More Effective & How Our Faith Can Bridge the Political Divide

A Reflection and short Refreshment Session will close the Annual Conference between 3:50pm – 4:15pm at each in-person location.


PA IPL Staff & Board Members look forward to connecting with you virtually or after the Workshops in your region on Sunday, November 13th.

It’s National Voter Registration Day!

Are You Registered to Vote?

It’s National Voter Registration Day! Today is a national day of action to increase participation in our democracy.

As part of our Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign, we partnered with When We All Vote to provide us with our own voter registration portal that allows people to check their voter registration status or register to vote.

Join Interfaith Power & Light and participate by checking your voter registration status or registering to vote.

Why check if you’re an experienced voter? Well, a lot has happened since the last election. Some have moved, changed their name, turned 18, or attained citizenship. Individuals who were previously incarcerated may now be eligible to vote. And it’s possible some of us may have been “purged” from the voting rolls. Now is the time to find out!

Take just a few minutes now to check your voter registration status.

As the world continues to reel from climate disasters, from Pakistan to Puerto Rico to California, we hope there will be historic numbers of people voting with climate in mind this year.

You can help the campaign by texting or emailing weall.vote/ipl to three friends or family members asking them to check their voter registration status too.

Our right to vote is sacred, a privilege, and an obligation. When we all vote, society will better reflect our shared values.

This year so much is at stake. The results could have enormous repercussions on how we care for Creation and whether we deliver climate justice for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Please make sure you are ready to participate.

Also, don’t forget to pledge to be a Faith Climate Justice Voter!

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

Lummi Nation Totem Pole Welcome & Water Ceremony

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!

Pennsylvania Solutions for Pollutions Launch Event

This September, the Climate Action Campaign (CAC) is joining with dozens of coalition partners to launch the Solutions for Pollution (S4P) campaign demanding that agencies across the federal government set the strongest possible standards to deliver solutions for pollution.

The “Solutions for Pollution” campaign (S4P) will call on the Biden administration to carry out its responsibilities under our nation’s bedrock environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, by advancing approximately 20 protections across federal agencies that could cut climate pollution in half by 2030, advance vital public health and environmental justice goals, accelerate the transition to clean energy, and create new economic opportunity.

Sign up here or just show up!

Global Climate Jobs Conference 2022

We know the points of convergence between the labor and the climate movements are immense, but that several challenges lie ahead of us. It is nevertheless of extreme importance and urgency to cut emissions and do so by drawing on plans that are created by the workers and communities and in regard to their interests and needs.

Often, we do know what work needs to be carried out in order to cut emissions, but workers are being left out of the discussion and climate science is being disregarded. We need to build a movement that not only is capable of setting its own program, but also has the power to implement it.

With this goal in mind, we are bringing together people from all around the world, and bringing together the labor and climate movements to discuss how we win a program that can allow us to stop climate collapse. Join Global Climate Jobs for two days of thematic sessions about the strategies, technical and social perspectives, and challenges we face in building Climate Jobs Campaigns.

Learn More Here
Register Here

Invited speakers:

    • Negrai Adve
    • Max Ajl
    • Chris Baugh
    • Jeremy Brecher
    • Leonor Canadas
    • Claire Cohen
    • Rehad Desai
    • Patricia DeMarco
    • Suzanne Jeffrey
    • Paul LeBlanc
    • Josua Mata
    • Suda Sim Meriç
    • Jonathan Neale
    • Andreas Yetterstad


All the sessions will be recorded and available online. Sessions will be 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be composed of an introduction by the invited speakers and a workshop space between the participants.

All times in London time.

Saturday, September 17

12:00 [7 am ET] – General Session: Strategic Orientation

14:00 [9 am ET] – Special Sessions
1)  Building Climate Jobs Movements
2)  Food and Farming

16:00 [11 am ET] – Special Sessions
1)  Ecofeminism
2)  Racism and Refugees

Sunday, September 18

12:00 [7 am ET] – General Session: Workers in the Fossil Fuel industry

14:00 [9 am ET] – Special Sessions
1) Cutting Emissions: PA IPL’s Patricia DeMarco, PhD will be on this panel
2) Resilience

16:00 [11 am ET] – General Session: Summing Up

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!