PITTSBURGH, Pa. (May 23, 2018) – PennFuture supports the City of Pittsburgh’s leadership in recognizing the importance of making clean energy and energy efficiency the foundation of its energy economy in its new Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan 3.0, released Tuesday.
“Nearly a year ago, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto used the national stage to elevate Pittsburgh as a champion for climate action, while President Donald Trump withdrew United States leadership from the Paris Climate Accords,” said PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo. “Peduto rebuked the notion of relying on fossil fuels in opposition to the President’s destructive decision that day, and the City of Pittsburgh is backing up its national statements with action, unveiling an ambitious plan that prioritizes clean energy and addresses the dangerous threat of climate change with policy plans and action.”
The Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan 3.0 includes improving energy efficiency for city buildings by implementing energy benchmarking, improved building codes, energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades. In addition, it prioritizes residential energy efficiency by creating district overlay policies, using energy income data, incentivizing home energy audits, developing outreach and education, and campaigning around energy saving techniques.
The plan also aims to electrify city vehicles by shifting reliance to a fossil fuel-free fleet, bus electrification, creating a zero carbon charging infrastructure, shuttle electrification and installation of residential charging infrastructure.
“PennFuture looks forward to partnering with the City of Pittsburgh as often as possible on these efforts as we continue implementing our new program, Clean Energy Pittsburgh, which aims to make it easier for citizens and local officials to move away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy together,” Bonomo said. “We must all take action against climate change and invest in clean energy to move toward a future in which the use of fossil fuels is no longer the norm.”
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws, and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change, and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues. Visit www.pennfuture.org for more information.
Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications, PennFuture