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New study shows pollution risk from school, transit buses

Pennsylvania currently has over 21,000 school buses and more than 3,000 transit buses throughout the Commonwealth. Yet a new report by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group determined that transitioning all of Pennsylvania’s 21,600 diesel school buses to electric would help the Commonwealth avoid over 155,000 tons of global warming pollution per year. This pollution reduction is equivalent to taking over 30,000 cars off the road.

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Electric Buses

Buses play a key role in in our nation’s transportation system, carrying millions of children daily to and from school and moving millions of Americans each day around our cities. Buses reduce the number of individual cars on our roads, make our communities more livable and sustainable, and provide transportation options for people of all ages and abilities.

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With Harrisburg mired in partisanship, Democrats and Republicans join forces to tackle climate change

[Harrisburg PA,] – With Earth Day only days away, Democratic and Republican legislators from every corner of the Commonwealth and from both chambers of the General Assembly came together to introduce groundbreaking legislation to make Pennsylvania a leader in the effort to solve climate change.

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Plugging In

The adoption of large numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) offers many benefits for cities, including cleaner air and the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles are far cleaner than gasoline-powered cars, with lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower emissions of the pollutants that contribute to smog and par- ticulate matter. 

The number of EVs on America’s streets is at an all-time high. Throughout 2016, sales of plug-in electric vehicles increased nearly 38 percent. In 2017, sales of electric vehicles were up again, increasing 32 percent over the year. The introduction of the Chevy Bolt, Tesla’s Model 3 and other affordable, long-range electric vehicles suggests that growth in EV sales is just beginning. In fact, Chevrolet’s Bolt EV was named Motor Trend ’s 2017 Car of the Year. 

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As Electric Cars Revolutionize the Vehicle Market, New Study Helps Cities Address Infrastructure and Parking Challenges

Pennsylvania– With electric vehicles (EVs) hitting U.S. streets in record numbers, a new study by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group highlights best practices to help local officials make their cities as EV-friendly as possible. The new report, “Plugging In: Readying America’s Cities for the Arrival of Electric Vehicles,” includes local and state data for Harrisburg and Pennsylvania about the projected number of electric cars expected on the road in coming years, and how cities can accommodate these new EVs with enough places to park and recharge. 

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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, PennEnvironment and Moms Clean Air Force will host Clean Power Plan Citizens' Hearing

(PHILADELPHIA) January 9, 2017 – Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Chair of the Committee on the Environment in partnership with the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, PennEnvironment and Moms Clean Air Force will host a Citizens’ Hearing on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 5:00pm at City Hall, Council Chambers to address the Trump Administration's plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

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PennEnvironment unveils guide for Pennsylvania’s college campuses to achieve 100% Renewable Energy

[Philadelphia, PA] -- Today, the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, touting the leadership role that colleges and universities must play in the clean energy revolution, unveiled a 10-point plan to guide Pennsylvania’s college campuses toward 100 % renewable energy. Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools for Moving your Campus to 100% Clean Energy, includes a series of factsheets highlighting 10 key tools to help campuses across Pennsylvania achieve 100 % clean, renewable energy systems.

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Renewables on the Rise

Clean energy is sweeping across America, and is poised for further dramatic growth in the years ahead.

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Pennsylvanians Featured in Project Highlighting "Voices for 100% Renewable Energy"

Today, PennEnvironment highlighted Pennsylvania residents profiled in a national project as leading voices for clean energy. The initiative, Voices for 100% Renewable Energy, is an online album with photos, testimonials and videos featuring a wide array of individuals – from academics, to mayors and other public officials, to community leaders, to business and nonprofit leaders – embracing a massive transition to clean energy.

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Citizens Rally to Expand Clean Energy in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG– More than 100 residents across Pennsylvania traveled to the Capitol today with PennEnvironment to deliver a message to members of the General Assembly: it’s time to play a leadership role in pioneering climate and clean energy solutions.

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