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Environment

An Election Day Wish

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
In her monthly blog, PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo writes about Election Day finally arriving, and what this election means for our environment and democracy. Read more

Green and Complete Streets Programs are Good for Communities and the Environment

by Lena Smith
PennFuture is recommending investments in green and complete streets to address decades of neglect including the environmental injustices of the urban heat island effect, unequal access to green space, and stormwater pollution. Read more

Setting the Record Straight About Fracking in Pennsylvania

by Emily Persico, Policy Analyst
With so much media attention dedicated to it, it should come as no surprise that some basic facts about fracking have been misrepresented, misconstrued or, in same cases, completely fabricated. Read more

Clean Water Advocacy Forges Ahead Despite Pandemic

by Renee Reber, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
The COVID-19 pandemic has left its impact on all of us and continues to raise uncertainty at every corner, including in our clean water advocacy. Read more

Toxic Fracking Waste Becomes Mounting Problem for Downstream Communities

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
We know the dangers of fracking operations, but what many might not realize is that the fracking industry is allowed to dispose of its wastes in landfills across Pennsylvania. Read more

How a Clean Water Program is Addressing Equity in Philadelphia

by Lena Smith
Whether it’s the COVID-19 public health crisis, structural racism, economic downturn, or gun violence, one action can offer real solutions to them all: investing in green space. Read more

An Admission and a Promise

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
Like others, PennFuture has fallen short in our efforts to help build a truly equitable and just Pennsylvania. We are being introspective and intentional in trying to change that, and this blog explains our process. Read more

Creative Civic Engagement During the Pandemic

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
Despite restrictions and roadblocks from the COVID-19 pandemic, PennFuture has been forging full steam ahead this summer with our civic engagement work. Read more

Trump's Energy Secretary Denies Human-Made Climate Change, Promotes Petrochemicals During Beaver County Visit

by Emily Persico, Policy Analyst
Last week, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette came to Beaver County and promoted a bleak vision for the future that includes a reliance on petrochemicals and fossil fuels at the expense of renewable energy. Read more

LNG in PA Blog #5: Public opposition grows to proposed LNG shipping terminals

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
As communities and local government learn more about LNG in Pennsylvania, they are taking steps to protect themselves. Read more

Stonycreek River Restoration Shows Power of Conservation Efforts

by Melissa Reckner - Program Manager for Penguin Court, Brandywine Conservancy
PennFuture "Women in Conservation" awardee Melissa Reckner shares her story of helping to restore the Stonycreek River in Somerset County. Read more

Despite roadblocks from Legislature, RGGI rulemaking process advances

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
On Sept. 15, the Environmental Quality Board advanced for public comment Pennsylvania's cap-and-invest carbon reduction rule. Read more

Pennsylvania Continues to Miss Chesapeake Bay Commitments

by Renee Reber, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
Despite recent planning efforts by the state and a renewed vigor in Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, Pennsylvania continues to lag behind in its progress reports. Read more

REFUTED: CNX’s Eight Irrefutable Energy Truths Expose Industry Desperation

by Emily Persico, Policy Analyst
Last week, the president and CEO of one of the largest fracked gas companies in western Pennsylvania authored a dishonest opinion piece that spoke to the desperation of the fossil fuel industry. Read more

Senate Bill 15: A New Direction for Pennsylvania

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Sen. Costa and a number of co-sponsors have just introduced “The Energy Transition and Recovery Act” that, if passed, would help guide the Commonwealth through the coming energy transition and support our workers and communities as we cut carbon emissions and other harmful pollution. Read more

PennFuture's "Democracy for All" Program At Work in Pennsylvania

by Emily Gale, Director of Civic Engagement
PennFuture's Emily Gale writes about the organization's civic engagement program and the work being done to register voters in communities of color. Read more

A New Coalition for a Better Future

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
In her monthly blog, PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo writes about the need for a new coalition of Pennsylvanians that will fight for family sustaining jobs that protect and improve our environment. Read more

PennFuture releases "A Green Stimulus and Recovery Platform for Pennsylvania" Report

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
On July 28, PennFuture released a strategic roadmap to guide our leaders to implement a green stimulus recovery plan for Pennsylvania. Read more

LNG in PA Blog #2: Bomb Trains Through Pennsylvania

by Megan Rulli, Legal Intern
A new rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration allows dangerous LNG trains to barrel through towns and cities in Pennsylvania without warning and without increased safety measures. Read more

A New Voice in the Fight Against Petrochemicals

by Emily Persico, Policy Analyst
Emily Persico recently joined PennFuture as a policy analyst and will help craft the organization's evolving strategy to halt the petrochemical buildout in Pennsylvania. Read more

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