Climate group raises bar for transit agency

Local climate group, 350 Philadelphia, reviews Energy Action Plan for transit agency, and raises the bar. The feedback was presented at today's SEPTA board meeting, in the form of a letter to the Board, see below. Other groups that wish to sign on to this letter can write to 350philadelphia@gmail.com. The latest version, with list … Continue reading Climate group raises bar for transit agency

Our energy future – Responses to Citywide Clean Energy Vision

In November 2017, the City of Philadelphia published a draft document: Powering our Future: A Clean Energy Vision for Philadelphia (CEV). It’s a long-term vision that could achieve Mayor Kenney’s goals of reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2050 while emphasizing equity & health for all Philadelphians. The City’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) asked for feedback … Continue reading Our energy future – Responses to Citywide Clean Energy Vision

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!

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

How to unplug from fossil fuels?

There are lots of ways to plug in to campaigns to unplug fossil fuels; efforts to Keep It In The Ground; to halt Fossil Fuel Transport; to say No to any new Fossil Fuel Infrastructure; to Electrify Everything; and to Power It All with Renewable Electricity, While Building Racial and Economic Justice. But, you ask, … Continue reading How to unplug from fossil fuels?

Accommodating Electric Vehicles in the City

Many of us sense that the path to a livable planet, to bringing the climate back into balance, hinges on the mantra: Electrify Everything and Upgrade the Electricity Grid. For personal transportation, this translates to electric cars. When making a new car decision, households as well as fleet managers should focus on electric cars. The Philadelphia Office of Sustainability … Continue reading Accommodating Electric Vehicles in the City

#DudeItsRude to build in a community when the community says NO 

This summer, we learned of an effort in a Toronto suburb to block plans for a gas power plant. When the neighborhood of Mt Dennis learned that their transit system, Metrolinx, were considering an 18MW plant at a nearby maintenance and storage facility, they got fired up! Claiming public transit is supposed to be the … Continue reading #DudeItsRude to build in a community when the community says NO 

350 Philly at Greenfest

Each September, the Clean Air Council organizes an annual GreenFest at Headhouse Square in South Philly. This year, 350Philly set up a tent. We explained the need for a rapid transition away from fossil fuels, our current campaign for a #FossilFreeSEPTA and added about 200 signatures to our petition to the SEPTA Board. Check out a photo gallery … Continue reading 350 Philly at Greenfest

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…