Now Available: Video of June 15 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

New Proposed EPA Rules and Measuring and Reducing Methane Emissions with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, June 15, 2022, is part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
New Proposed EPA Rules and Measuring and Reducing Methane Emissions

SPEAKERS:
John Rutecki, Regulatory and Legislative Manager at EDF
David Lyon, Senior Scientist at EDF

Inspirational speaker: Arthur Gershkoff

This joint session with JEA focuses on how Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry threaten the climate and waste natural resources. For over a decade, the Environmental Defense Fund has researched O&G methane emissions and advocated for strong regulations and other solutions to reduce emissions. John Rutecki and David Lyon from EDF provide an overview of EPA’s proposed methane rule that would regulate hundreds of thousands of existing sites, plus a summary of EDF’s recent research into the detection, quantification, and mitigation of emissions.

Now Available: Video of May 18 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

National Infrastructure Bank with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, May 18, 2022, is part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
National Infrastructure Bank

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.

Now Available: Video of April 20 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Clean Energy and Energy Independence with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, April 20, 2022, is part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Clean Energy and Energy Independence

This joint session with JEA focuses on how clean energy produced in the USA is the path to true energy independence. Katie Blume, Political Director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, is our speaker. The war in the Ukraine has exposed how vulnerable we are by continuing to rely on imported dirty energy and the gas and oil companies are exploiting the current situation for their own profits. Katie talks about PA-wide and national efforts to help people understand we must quickly transition to clean energy and how to answer people who believe we must drill more gas and oil. She also discusses efforts to get clean energy initiatives in the Federal reconciliation bill.

Now Available: Video of March 16 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Leveraging Federal Funds for More Environmental Sustainability Efforts with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, March 16, 2022, was part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Leveraging Federal Funds for More Environmental Sustainability Efforts

This joint session with JEA focuses on how to convince decision makers at all levels to leverage Federal funds for more environmental sustainability efforts.

Brian LaShier from Union of Concerned Scientists, the Senior Washington Representative for the UCS Climate & Energy Program, is our content speaker.

Pennsylvania is getting federal dollars from the Rescue and Infrastructure bills. Some of it, like EV charging stations or cleaning up abandoned oil drills, are obviously good for the environment. But there are other funds that could be used for environmental sustainability efforts or programs depending on how the rules or proposals get developed.

This session is intended for concerned citizens who are willing to speak to their local and state officials, and decision and policy makers of all kinds who apply for government grants.


JEA provides ongoing training and templates for monthly letter writing campaigns to local, state, and federal officials. The meetings provide a template, information, and guidance for all those who are interested in amplifying the message of Climate Justice.

Once you learn how easy Jewish Earth Alliance makes it, through their background information and template letter, for everyone to write letters to their federal officials, we hope you will write to your members of Congress now and for the next few months.

Now Available: Video of February 9 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Methane Emissions and Our Health with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, February 9, 2022, was part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Methane Emissions & Our Health

Our inspirational spiritual remarks are given by PA IPL Director David Heayn-Menendez.

Then speaker Vanessa Lynch, M.Ed., Field Organizer for Pennsylvania Moms Clean Air Force, discusses methane, its dangerous effects on our health, and why we must reduce emissions.

Now Available: Video of January 19 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Building Climate Resilience in Our Own Communities with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, January 19, 2022, was part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Building Climate Resilience in Our Own Communities

PROGRAM:

* Inspirational spiritual remarks given by Donna Kochirka

* Brief presentations on models to illustrate how our communities and land can become more climate resilient:
· urban and rural tree planting efforts by the PA IPL by Mark Smith and Greg Williams
· a new nonprofit organization that focuses on local sourcing of materials and building local self-reliance by Judy Wicks
· an initiative in Pittsburgh to install solar panels on front line homes through the Open Ministries

* Q & A in which participants share what they are doing as individuals or congregations to make our communities more climate resilient

This is a fascinating and uplifting program and should inspire Green Teams within congregations and communities to include new projects.