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

SEPTA’s November Board meeting

On November 17th, amidst chants of protest from an audience of more than 50 supporters of Fossil Free SEPTA, SEPTA Board voted to approve the plan for a natural gas power plant in Nicetown. We are grateful to everyone who came out to join our public filibuster! Since so many people packed the board room, … Continue reading SEPTA’s November Board meeting

SEPTA Open House: Are We There Yet?

At their recent sustainability open house on August 30th, SEPTA displayed their top 13 goals for the economy, community and the natural environment on poster boards, as part of their SEPTAinable 2020 initiative. But we learned quickly that there was only so much that could be gleaned from simply looking at these boards. First of all, we commend … Continue reading SEPTA Open House: Are We There Yet?

Lessons from Penn Future’s Transportation Roundtable

Earlier this week, PennFuture hosted the event Standards for Cleaner Air: A Public Roundtable on Transportation Emissions in Philadelphia, a panel on green transportation that included keynote speaker State Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) and panelists moderated by Rob Altenburg, director of PennFuture's Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment. Panelists included: Erik Johanson, director of … Continue reading Lessons from Penn Future’s Transportation Roundtable

All aboard, on the renewables train…

Two new developments. One in Santiago Chile and one in the Netherlands. The public transit agency of Santiago, Chile's has signed two big agreements with solar and wind energy developers, which will mean that Santiago's subway system will “run on 60 per cent renewable energy” as of 2018. It sounds like their Metro system is quite … Continue reading All aboard, on the renewables train…

If the Climate Crisis is a Lemon, a Just Transition is the Lemonade

Have you read Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" or seen her recent article on why #blacklivesmatter? To change everything, this movement is gonna take everybody. (Don't take my word for it, more than 400,000 people agree) But what are we actually talking about? Once we get past the boring math-based logic about carbon budgets and … Continue reading If the Climate Crisis is a Lemon, a Just Transition is the Lemonade

NY Banned Fracking: Why PA Should Celebrate

Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo paved the way for sustainability and modern social justice with an unprecedented ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. “I’ve never had anyone say to me, ‘I believe fracking is great,’ ” he said. “Not a single person in those communities. What I get is, ‘I … Continue reading NY Banned Fracking: Why PA Should Celebrate

Snow Can’t Stop Us

Philadelphia: Facing snow, wind, and cold, fifty protesters held a spirited rally at Sunoco Logistics headquarters in Philadelphia today. Protecting Our Waters, Clean Air Council, and 350 Philadelphia joined in pushing Sunoco Logistics to drop their plans for the Mariner East Pipeline, which would enable overseas export of natural gas liquids from the Delaware River. … Continue reading Snow Can’t Stop Us

Narrative by a local activist

...And so I trudged in the cold to the Friends Center early last Saturday morning. I was sated by a delicious breakfast and hot coffee, and soon made friends with people that ranged in age from high school students to senior citizens. Though we all came from diverse backgrounds and experiences, we had come together … Continue reading Narrative by a local activist