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Experience the Aquaponics Project at Pittsburgh Solar Tour

by Catie Schrading, PennFuture Intern
A new project demonstrates how to grow food using solar power. Read more

How the Environmental Rights Amendment Strengthens Our Impact

by George Jugovic, Jr., Vice President of Legal Affairs
The first in a series about landmark cases that have used the Environmental Rights Amendment to protect your rights to clean air, pure water and a healthy climate. Read more

Farmers & Clean Water Need State Lawmaker Leadership on Funding Priorities

by Ezra P. Thrush, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
PennFuture visits Ag Progress Days this week, with new reports from Ezra Thrush. Read more

We Are All the Watershed: Ag Progress Days in Happy Valley

by Ezra P. Thrush, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
PennFuture's Campaign Manager for Watershed Advocacy reports from Ag Progress Days. Read more

From Despair to Determination: An Inconvenient Sequel

by Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications
A review of Al Gore's latest film on climate change. Read more

Improve Your Community’s Stormwater Pollution Problem

by Zakia M. Elliott, Southeast PA Outreach Coordinator
How can your community help to improve this statewide problem? Read more

Shifting Away from Coal Toward Renewable Energy

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
A recent opinion piece by PennFuture that appeared in the Washington Observer-Reporter. Read more

Legislators Target a Severance Tax – in Name Only

by Matt Stepp, Director of Policy
In other words, the House proposed last minute legislative deception to make it look like it passed new revenue. Read more

Oil Trains: What is the Threat?

by Jeremy R. Griffin, Activist and Student at Kutztown University
A new documentary examines the troubling threat of oil trains pollution. Read more

Managing Stormwater: A Leading Cause of Pollution

by Alice R. Baker, Staff Attorney
How can your community begin to address this pollution problem? Read more

Harrisburg Punts on Environmental Protection in the State Budget (Again)

by Matt Stepp, Director of Policy
The environment continues to be set aside in the state budget process. Read more

Part I: A Primer on Pennsylvania’s Water Crisis - Challenges Impacting Every Community

by Jan Jarrett, Communications, Outreach and Policy Consultant, Matt Stepp, Director of Policy
This primer is Part 1 in a two part series, with a sidebar providing a brief history of Pennsylvania’s policy fight for clean water, a description of the water pollution challenges impacting Pennsylvanians, and the potential solutions toward providing clean water for all. Read more

Pennsylvania’s History with Water Pollution Policy

by Jan Jarrett, Communications, Outreach and Policy Consultant, Matt Stepp, Director of Policy
Pennsylvania’s first statewide policy for preventing water pollution was the Purity of Waters Act of 1905, which set the first limits on how much “sewage” could be placed into Pennsylvania’s waterways. Read more

Protect Clean Water in the Keystone State

by Glenn Watkins, Water Resources Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation
A guest blog from the National Wildlife Federation for PennFuture's Water is Life Month. Read more

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