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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.

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

Renewable Energy Projects Have Our Support, but Not At Any Cost

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
We must have responsible renewable energy development. And we must protect sensitive natural resource areas. These must not become mutually exclusive. 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

Exhibiting Art and Fighting Climate Change

by M. Travis DiNicola, Director of Development
Climate change, and its effects, are certainly on the radar of museum professionals today. Read more

New Solar Energy Discoveries Suggest an Even Brighter Renewable Energy Future

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by John Ukenye, Policy Analyst
Advancements in solar energy research and development could further expedite the rise of renewable energy. Read more

Pennsylvania Finally Caps Carbon Pollution From Power Plants: Now What?

by Rob Altenburg, Senior Director for Energy and Climate
After many delays, the Legislative Reference Bureau published the final CO2 Budget Trading Program, also known as the “Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Rule.” 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

PennFuture, Partners Halt Construction of Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Plant in Bradford County

by Angela Kilbert, Staff Attorney
PennFuture, representing our partners Clean Air Council and Sierra Club, secured a big legal victory on March 18 by obtaining a settlement that halts the construction of a proposed Liquified Natural Gas facility near the Susquehanna River in Wyalusing Township, Bradford County. Read more

Fallacy, Fiction, and Falsehoods: Debunking the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Stance on Russia’s War in Ukraine

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations, Rob Altenburg, Senior Director for Energy and Climate
This is a running list of some of the most egregious bad-faith arguments being put forth by the fossil fuel industry and their legislative champions in media outlets across Pennsylvania, accompanied by fact-checking of those arguments. Read more

This year, Pennsylvania must properly fund efforts to clean up our waterways

by Renee Reber, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
On World Water Day, we are again calling on state lawmakers to properly fund the programs and initiatives that will get us closer to our clean water goals in Pennsylvania, and in the Chesapeake Bay. Read more

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: War, Fossil Fuels, and What it Means for Pennsylvanians

by John Ukenye, Policy Analyst, Matthew Stepp, Vice President and Chief of Staff, PennFuture
Russia’s war with Ukraine is underlining the economic and national security costs of relying on fossil fuels. Read more

Philadelphia Will Not Meet Climate Goals Without a Reconstituted Philadelphia Gas Works

by Adam Nagel, Campaign Manager
PGW has maintained that it believes gas will continue to play a central role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Philadelphia, which is a direct contradiction to the city's climate goals. Read more

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