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How we helped create "A Shared Vision for Pennsylvania’s Environment and Communities" and where we go next

by Michael Mehrazar, Field Manager
On August 2, PennFuture and 30 partner organizations released a bold new agenda that represents our shared values and priorities ahead of elections this fall. Read more

Recent Passage of Lawn Care Bill Will Improve Pennsylvania's Waterways

by Renee Reber, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
For over a decade clean water advocates have sought updates to Pennsylvania’s Fertilizer Act to include more protections for waterways. At last, this July we can celebrate the passage of such legislation. Read more

Aquashicola Creek Finally Given Exceptional Value Designation

by Donna Kohut, Campaign Manager
After languishing at the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) for nearly twelve years, the Aquashicola Creek was finally recognized as an Exceptional Value designation in January. Read more

Pennsylvania Began Participation in RGGI on July 1. What Happens Next?

by Emma Bast, Staff Attorney, Rob Altenburg, Senior Director for Energy and Climate
With the RGGI Rule in effect, but its neck under a blade, what does it all mean, and what could happen from here? Read more

We Must Continue to Work for Change

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
On her final blog as PennFuture President and CEO, Jacquelyn Bonomo reflects on her 37-year career in environmental advocacy, and offers hopes for the future of environmental work in Pennsylvania. Read more

Philly Tree Fund Bill A Significant Step in Protection of Tree Canopy

by Ishan Maratha, Public Policy Intern
This legislation was an effort to implement ideas from the recent draft of the Philly Tree Plan, Philadelphia’s first long-term urban forest planning initiative, which is expected to be finalized in the coming months. Read more

PennFuture Protects Major River Basins Across Pennsylvania in Stormwater Settlement

by Emma Bast, Staff Attorney
On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, PennFuture successfully reached an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in its lawsuit seeking stronger protections from stormwater runoff. Read more

Turning PA into a “Hydrogen Hub” is not a Sustainable Energy Solution

by John Ukenye, Policy Analyst
Hydrogen development is not the sustainable energy solution it is currently being billed as for Pennsylvania and its future. Read more

New Plastic Bag Ban Bill in Philadelphia Could Result in Cleaner, Greener Future

by Ishan Maratha, Public Policy Intern
Philadelphia’s ongoing efforts to address the plastic waste crisis are poised to make significant advances following City Council’s summer recess. Read more

PennFuture, Partners Advocate for Clean Water Funding Opportunities in the State Budget

by Renee Reber, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
Pennsylvania has $2.2 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funding that remains unallocated out of $7 billion it originally received. Recognizing the importance of natural infrastructure and healthy rivers and streams to public health, this money should be used to fund clean water programs and pr Read more

Subsurface Storage is a Promising Addition to our Renewable Energy Arsenal

by Emma Bast, Staff Attorney, John Ukenye, Policy Analyst
One of the true barriers facing Pennsylvania’s transition to a clean energy future is the need for a balanced grid and for on-demand power. Read more

Introducing PennFuture's New Legal Interns!

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
PennFuture’s legal team is dedicated to restoring and protecting our environment and communities, to protecting our right to clean air and pure water, and to moving Pennsylvania toward a clean energy future. Read more

PA Environmental Leaders, State Senators Discuss the Failure of Shale Gas Policies and Negative Public Health Impacts of Industry

by John Ukenye, Policy Analyst
On June 2nd, State Senator Katie Muth, chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee, joined Senator Jim Brewster, Senator Lindsey Williams, and Senator Jay Costa to host a public hearing on state policy and health impacts of the shale gas industry. Read more

DEP’s Revised Environmental Justice Policy: A Good Start but More Needs to Be Done to Protect PA’s Environmental Justice Communities

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
Earlier this year, the PA Department of Environmental Protection released its revised Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy. This policy, last released in 2004, is intended to help guide the Department in integrating Environmental Justice (EJ) into more aspects of their work. Read more

Celebrating 52 Years of Earth Day

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
Earth Day 2022 arrives with profound backdrops. The time for action is now. Read more

PennFuture Celebrates Lake Erie and Introduces New Erie Campaign Manager During PA Clean Water Education Week

by Jenny Tompkins, Campaign Manager for Clean Water Advocacy
PennFuture is celebrating its sixth annual PA Clean Water Education Week, dedicated to showcasing the Commonwealth’s unique waterways and advocating for their health by ensuring sufficient state funding for protection and restoration initiatives. Read more

Chasing the Rainbow: Carbon Capture is Magic Thinking

by Emma Bast, Staff Attorney
There’s been a lot of discussion and excitement about the idea of carbon capture and storage technology. Unfortunately, the excitement about the potential far outstrips the reality of the technology. Read more

Pennsylvania House Asks: Could We Live Without Fossil Fuels? We Say: We Must.

by John Ukenye, Policy Analyst
On March 28, 2022, the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee held an industry-friendly hearing titled “Could We Live Without Fossil Fuels?” Read more

Philadelphia’s 2023 Budget Must Prioritize Clean Water for All

by Adam Nagel, Campaign Manager
We are only days away from Mayor Jim Kenney’s penultimate budget address to City Council and the annual push to fund numerous priorities. Read more

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