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

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!

The people have a right to breathe!

One after the other, people trailed into Panati Playground recreation center near 22nd and Allegheny last evening. It was odd that our transit agency, SEPTA, selected this site for the hearing, over a mile from their proposed gas power plant.  There was just one SEPTA representative present. A team of 5 people from our City’s … Continue reading The people have a right to breathe!

Air Management: Please don’t OK SEPTA gas plant 

Please join us at a hearing sponsored by Philadelphia's Air Management Services (AMS). It's about approving SEPTA's gas power plant in Nicetown. AMS has said they want to hear us. And we need AMS to deny a permit for SEPTA's gas plant. Several of us plan to testify why AMS should reject the plant. We'll … Continue reading Air Management: Please don’t OK SEPTA gas plant 

Councilwoman Bass Statement on SEPTA’s Nicetown Natural Gas Plant

Below is text of a letter by Philadelphia Councilwoman Bass. To view on her letterhead, click on image to right. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2017 Councilwoman Bass Statement on SEPTA’s Nicetown Natural Gas Plant “I have long held SEPTA in high regard when it comes to its ability to move more than 3.9 million … Continue reading Councilwoman Bass Statement on SEPTA’s Nicetown Natural Gas Plant

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…