(Pittsburgh, PA – July 2, 2012) – As Pittsburghers recover from three straight days of air that was unsafe to breathe, Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) launched the Summer of Energy, a project that provides information and incentives to residents to help clean up the air by switching to clean wind energy, and wasting less energy.
"Cleaning up the air is all about energy — how we use it, and what kind of energy we use," said Heather Sage, vice president of PennFuture. "And these past three days have proven that we cannot wait to take action for cleaner air. Our kids, our grandparents, and everyone in between are suffering – and it will only get worse unless we all stop wasting energy, and start using clean energy.
"Fortunately, it isn't hard," she continued. "PennFuture's Breathe Easy, Stay Healthy campaign is working with our friends at Community Energy. We've developed a plan to allow Pittsburghers to choose clean Pennsylvania wind energy – and get a Giant Eagle gift card, too. And our Black and Gold City Goes Green Campaign is working with Duquesne Light to deliver energy savings information and free energy savings tools to residents through our Neighborhood blitzes.
"All of this help is available through our website – www.pennfuture.org/summerofenergy – so Pittsburghers can take action to clean up our air with just a couple of clicks," said Sage. "It is easy to do – and could be the most important thing you do this summer. And you'll be supporting home-grown Pennsylvania companies and organizations, too. Unless we all take action, our air will get worse, breathing will get harder, and our families will suffer."
Other speakers at the PennFuture press conference and clean air rally today were:
PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization, founded in 1998. PennFuture's activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state, and federal courts; advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level; public education; and assisting citizens in public advocacy.
PennFuture has staff throughout the state, in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Wilkes-Barre. The Philadelphia Inquirer called PennFuture the "state's leading environmental advocacy organization," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named the organization "one of the ten most influential groups on the issue of natural gas drilling," and StateImpact Pennsylvania, an online collaboration of NPR stations across the state, called PennFuture "the commonwealth's main environmental advocate."
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