Allegheny County elected officials, labor, environmental advocates call on Congress to pass the President’s Build Back Better Agenda
Press Release • 8/5/2021
Elected officials from local and state governments, along with environmental and labor advocates came together today at Millvale Food + Energy Hub to underscore the benefits of the Build Back Better agenda for Western Pennsylvanians while calling on Congress to align with the majority of PA voters (78% statewide) who support the President’s vision. The event was hosted by Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, the statewide political voice for the environment.
League of Conservation Voters Launches Climate Action Organizing Effort in Western Pennsylvania
Press Release • 7/8/2021
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), national affiliate of Conservation Voters of PA, announced the kick-off of its organizing program aimed at building momentum for congressional action on the critically important issues of climate change and clean energy.
CVPA, PennFuture, and Sierra Club PA Release Joint Statement on the FY 21-22 PA Budget
Press Release • 6/27/2021
CVPA, PennFuture, and Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter released the following statement regarding the FY 21-22 state budget.
Boyle pledges action on Biden infrastructure plan in town hall meeting
Press Release • 6/24/2021
At a town hall meeting last night, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Phila.) highlighted the importance of passing President Biden’s $2.2 trillion American Jobs Plan in building back Philadelphia’s economy in a way that helps working families.
Biden’s American Jobs Plan means a healthier, cleaner, more economically sound future for the Lehigh Valley
News Article • 6/5/2021 • by Maria C. Ocasio at The Morning Call
Congress has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle two of the biggest crises the Lehigh Valley faces today: the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts climate change is having on our working families by voting for President Biden’s American Jobs Plan.
The plan would tackle climate change by investing trillions of dollars in infrastructure to create union jobs, jumpstarting our economy and helping to end the current high unemployment.
At least 40% of these investments would be geared toward Black and brown communities, helping to address disinvestment and generations of systemic racism that have long forced these communities to bear the brunt of pollution and environmental degradation.
PA can support workers, protect the environment by funding public transit
News Article • 6/2/2021 • by Cyril Mychalejko at Courier Times
Lawmakers in Harrisburg are on the clock to pass legislation that will continue support for working class and communities of color, boost the state’s economy and improve air quality, as funding for public transit is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2022.
Act 89, bipartisan legislation signed by former Governor Tom Corbett in 2013, provided the largest investment in public transportation in decades. But we can’t afford to let the state’s highly partisan politics derail necessary, commonsense legislation to address this looming issue.
Philadelphia needs the federal jobs plan to fight massive threats of climate change
News Article • 5/26/2021 • by Thoai Nguyen and Josh McNeil at The Philadelphia Inquirer
You don’t have to look far to see the devastating effects of climate change. Severe storms that cause dangerous, costly flooding, and power outages are becoming more and more common. Temperatures are climbing, worsening childhood asthma. These impacts are felt even more acutely in cities like Philadelphia that lack trees in many neighborhoods and suffer from the “heat island” effect.
Congress, legislature key to saving SEPTA, fighting climate change
News Article • 5/17/2021 • by Josh McNeil at Delco Daily Times
President Biden’s plan to fight climate change by investing in critical infrastructure is the shot in the arm our economy needs.
It promises to put millions of people to work in good-paying union jobs replacing lead pipes that threaten our children’s development, building new charging stations for growing numbers of electric vehicles and installing solar panels and wind turbines to expand access to clean, renewable energy.
Leading PA environmental group highlights importance of passing Biden infrastructure plan in response to Buttigieg visit
Press Release • 5/6/2021
Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania Executive Director Josh McNeil issued the following statement in response to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s visit to Pittsburgh today, which focused on the importance of passing President Biden’s American Jobs plan to build a robust transportation infrastructure that will create jobs, make critical progress towards racial justice, fight climate change, and deliver cleaner air and water:
President Biden’s American Rescue Plan was a crucial first step in getting our country back on track by putting COVID-19 vaccines in people’s arms and shoring up our economy...
Leading PA environmental group hails Biden Phila. visit to highlight transit investments
Press Release • 4/30/2021
Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania Executive Director Josh McNeil issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s visit to Philadelphia today, where the president highlighted the importance of investing in public transportation as part of the American Jobs Plan:
A vibrant public transit system is one of the main drivers of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s economic competitiveness. Our region’s trains, subways, buses and trolleys connect hundreds of thousands of working families to their jobs, to their families and, now, to COVID-19 vaccination appointments. This is particularly true for people of color, who make up more than 70 percent of SEPTA’s ridership...