News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New report: Millions of Pennsylvanians experienced frequent unhealthy air in 2020

[PITTSBURGH]– Millions of Pennsylvanians suffered through frequent levels of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a new report from PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. The study used statistics from 2020, the most recent data available. Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer and other adverse health impacts.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Advocacy groups launch campaign to eliminate lead from Philadelphia schools’ drinking water

PHILADELPHIA -- A coalition of citizen-based organizations launched a new citywide campaign Thursday to convince the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to comprehensively address lead contamination in drinking water in the city's public schools. PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, the Black Church Center for Justice and Equality (BCC) and the PennPIRG Education Fund are calling on SDP to allocate approximately $2 million to $4 million to replace every water fountain in Philadelphia’s schools with lead-filtering water bottle-filling stations. While that may seem like a lot of money, it’s less than one-half of 1 percent of the $1.1 billion in stimulus funds that the federal government gave to the school district.

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PennEnvironment releases letter signed by more than 100 businesses and organizations supporting a plastic bag ban in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- PennEnvironment and 100 businesses, organizations and community leaders from every city council district in Pittsburgh have signed a letter released Wednesday urging local leaders to ban single-use plastic bags.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. House of Representatives must pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote early next week on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a major bipartisan package for transportation, clean water, power infrastructure and broadband. 

News Release | PennEnvironment

#GO100PA: A RENEWABLE FUTURE FOR PENNSYLVANIA

(Harrisburg, PA)--- Senator Amanda M. Cappelletti (D- Montgomery, Delaware), Senator Katie Muth (D- Berks, Chester, Montgomery),  Representative Christopher Rabb (D-Philadelphia), and Representative Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) joined Flora Cardoni, Field Director for PennEnvironment and a dozen other state legislators in advocating for bold climate action now. The legislators and advocates were calling for “Go 100 PA,” legislation that would put Pennsylvania on track to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. As illustrated by Hurricane Ida, which displaced hundreds of Pennsylvanians and caused over $100 million in damage, it is clear that the Commonwealth is feeling the effects of climate change here and now. These legislators put the responsibility on the legislature to act now.

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