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The Importance of Funding Environmental Public Interest Law

by Joy Braunstein, Chief Development Officer
PennFuture just argued one of the most important environmental cases in recent history in front of the PA Supreme Court. Read more

President Trump's Real Environmental Agenda

by Larry J. Schweiger
PennFuture CEO Larry Schweiger discusses the latest developments. Read more

Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
The next few years will be an exciting time for solar energy in Pennsylvania. Read more

#StandWithPennFuture During Tomorrow's Inauguration

by Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications
Take a step to combat President-Elect Donald Trump's climate change denial. Read more

Funding Our Future

by Joy Braunstein, Chief Development Officer
As a new administration prepares to take office, Chief Development Officer Joy Braunstein explores how her past experience at the federal level can serve as a prediction for what's to come. Read more

Connecting Agriculture to Clean Water Goals

by Ezra P. Thrush, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
In Harrisburg, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Just as exciting as the holiday season, this week, the Capitol Region hosts the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show – the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation. Read more

Silencing the Warning Bells of Climate Science

by Larry J. Schweiger
For many generations, "The Inchcape Rock" was taught as a cautionary tale to dissuade those who might seek to destroy warning bells. Read more

2017-18 State Legislation Session: Looking Ahead

by Matt Stepp, Director of Policy
An environmental look at potential issues that could arise this session. Read more

Pittlandia: Is Pittsburgh the New Portland?

by Annie Regan, Southwest PA Outreach Coordinator
An environmentalist's perspective on two cities striving for a clean energy future. Read more

My Mission is PennFuture's Mission.

by Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications
An introduction to PennFuture's new Communications Director. Read more

Taking Stock of the 2015-16 Legislative Session
Historic Attacks and Lost Opportunities

by PennFuture
The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s two-year session wrapped up with a flurry of last-minute activity, capping off months of historic attacks on environmental priorities. It was a tumultuous session characterized by numerous attempts to weaken environmental regulations, halt progress toward... Read more

What a Trump presidency means for our environment and future generations.

by Larry J. Schweiger
In the fallout of the 2016 presidential campaign, Larry Schweiger has some insight on what’s ahead. Read more

The Paris Climate Accord: Too Little Too Late or an Important First Step?

by Larry J. Schweiger
After 21 painful years of negotiations following the sabotaged Kyoto Climate Agreement, 191 countries finally found agreement on a new strategy to confront climate change and agreed to the Paris Climate Accord last December. Read more

Defending Net Metering in Pennsylvania

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
We must defend net metering programs in Pennsylvania and allow customers to get full market value for the energy they generate. Read more

Waste Coal: Time to finish what we started.

by Evan R. Endres
Even if we keep our waste coal plants on line, there is still a significant amount of waste ash that must be disposed of. Some have suggested planting beach grass to stabilize the pile and prevent leaching into the ground water... Read more

Governor's budget and the solar saw-buck

by Evan R. Endres
Every year, the Solar Jobs census is released and every year, I write a blog about how Pennsylvania has fallen behind other states. Here we go... For the 2014 Solar Jobs Census, we are now 15th in the nation, with only about 2,800 employed in the solar industry in Pennsylvania. Read more

PA streams: Let's protect the best of the best.

by Jen Quinn
Anyone who spends time in the outdoors knows Pennsylvania has abundant water resources. With more than 86,000 miles of streams, we’re second only to Alaska in the number of miles of streams... Read more

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