Thinking of an EV? Participate in Philly’s plans to ease the transition

Last August, our city formed a task force to develop an electric vehicle (EV) policy. Last week, they published their findings (Electric Vehicle Policy Task Force Final Draft), and now invite us to offer feedback. The public discussion will be tonight. WHEN: Thu Jan 25 2018 @ 6 WHERE:  Innovation Lab, 16th Floor, Municipal Services … Continue reading Thinking of an EV? Participate in Philly’s plans to ease the transition

Citizens Appeal AMS permit for SEPTA gas plant

On November 29th, 2017, Philadelphia's Air Management Services office (a division of the Department of Public Health) gave SEPTA the green light to build a fracked gas power plant in Nicetown. This is despite a packed public hearing on June 27th, hundreds of written comments opposing the plant, and requests from members of City Council … Continue reading Citizens Appeal AMS permit for SEPTA gas plant

Allies in City Council, Press Conference tomorrow

On Thursday November 30th, health professionals, residents, and environmental and social justice groups will gather at City Hall to urge Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) to not issue an air permit for the proposed SEPTA gas power plant. This event was planned in response to, and in support of, letters sent by Philadelphia City Councilmembers … Continue reading Allies in City Council, Press Conference tomorrow

Citizen research on SEPTA’s Proposed Gas Plant

The proposed SEPTA gas-to-electric power plant. We’ve spoken at SEPTA board meetings, met with SEPTA management, gone door-to-door canvassing neighbors, educated politicians, convinced over 50 organizations of our perspective, and yet, our transit agency is set on building this plant. With assistance from expert advisors, volunteers at 350 Philly have written several reports and memos … Continue reading Citizen research on SEPTA’s Proposed Gas Plant

Hey SEPTA, we want an emissions-free transit system!

Hey SEPTA! We want our trains, subways, trolleys and buses to be powered by 100% renewable energy. The City of Philadelphia has committed to ambitious renewable energy goals. Now it's time for SEPTA to do the same. This was the message delivered by 350 Philly and 15 other organizations last week. See below. 350philadelphia.org * … Continue reading Hey SEPTA, we want an emissions-free transit system!

Being part of the Quilt 6, arrested for blocking pipeline construction

People all across Pennsylvania, the US, and the world are resisting fossil fuel expansion. I am particularly humbled and inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux. Last year, they bravely stood up to protect our planet from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many indigenous nations, US army veterans and other allies joined them and endured water cannons, … Continue reading Being part of the Quilt 6, arrested for blocking pipeline construction

Yesterday at the Courthouse…

Yesterday at the courthouse... Residents of Middletown and West Goshen townships once again faced off with Sunoco Pipeline LP, this time at the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. It was a hearing of an argument in the case of Middletown residents (the "Middletown Six") v. Sunoco Pipeline LP on the applicability of municipal zoning to Sunoco's proposed … Continue reading Yesterday at the Courthouse…

Nicetown deserves better

In response to political pressure from Pennsylvania legislators to increase its use of natural gas, SEPTA has proposed building a gas-fired power plant that would release harmful pollution in Nicetown, an already overburdened community of color. Philadelphia’s Air Management Services (AMS), a division of the Health Department, has the power and obligation to protect their … Continue reading Nicetown deserves better

POWER writes to the Mayor, connecting climate and racial justice

Dear Mayor Kenney, Thank you for your commitment to making Philadelphia a greener, more inclusive, and most importantly a racially equitable city for all. Through your pledge to a citywide transition to 100% renewable energy, your Rebuild proposal to create jobs and improve our libraries, parks and recreation centers, and for building a multi-racial coalition … Continue reading POWER writes to the Mayor, connecting climate and racial justice

What’s so bad about the Nicetown gas power plant?

Folks new to our campaign have asked... What’s so bad about the Nicetown gas power plant? It's a gas power plant to burn fracked gas to generate electricity for trains, planned by SEPTA, our transit agency. Mostly, we feel that the people have a right to breathe, and ask that SEPTA take the lead in … Continue reading What’s so bad about the Nicetown gas power plant?