By Richard Gaw, Chester County Press, 3/26/2019
Jess Cadorette, the Chester County volunteer coordinator for PennEnvironment’s efforts in the county, sat at a coffee shop in West Chester on a recent Friday, at the end of a week where she had already been everywhere.
The extra-large strawberry beverage she enjoyed was merely a brief respite in a whirlwind tour of the county. Earlier that week, she conducted volunteer education with a few of PennEnvironment’s more than 400 volunteer citizens in the county – called “climate defenders.” She met with colleagues in the environmental industry, and she arranged meet-and-greets between elected officials and volunteers. In between, she continued to put the finishing touches on the upcoming “Chester County 100% Renewable Energy Expo & Discussion,” which will be held March 30 at West Whiteland Township in Exton, and co-hosted by PennEnvironment and the Sierra Club of Chester County.
For Cadorette, who has been with the PennEnvironment for the past two years, it’s a job marked by miles, advocacy and patience – from Oxford to Nottingham, from Kennett Square to East and West Whiteland townships, and from restaurants to community fairs to information table shows, all in an effort to ratchet up citizens’ voices in support of science and the need for expediency, she said….
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PennEnvironment, April 5, 2018
More PA mayors sign solar power letter than any other state
[Philadelphia, PA] — A bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing 42 states including Pennsylvania, are speaking out in support of solar energy. Pennsylvania had more support than any other state in the nation, with 43 signers from municipalities across the Commonwealth.
In a letter released today by the citizen-based non-profit environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment, the mayors resolve to make solar power a key element of their communities’ energy plans and call on others to embrace clean energy from the sun.
“Support for solar power continues to gain traction in the eyes of the public,” said Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Associate for PennEnvironment. “We applaud Pennsylvania mayors for hearing that call to action and rising to the occasion.”
43 Pennsylvania mayors signed the letter, including Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh, Mayor Theodore Streeter of Gettysburg, and Mayor Matthew Shorraw of Monessen….
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No more West Virginia disasters. Ban all oil trains today.
West Virginia is reeling from yesterday’s oil train catastrophe. Flames are shooting 300 feet in the air, oil is leaking into the Kanawha River, which supplies drinking water for downstream communities.
Incredibly, over 700,000 Philadelphians live in the evacuation zone of an oil train crash. 400,000 Pittsburghers are at risk including 91,000 kids.
Tell the U.S. Department of Transportation it’s time to ban these oil trains before another disaster happens.
The unfolding oil train disaster in West Virginia is the latest story of one of these exploding oil bombs derailing in our community. These trains travel through residential areas, major cities, and near millions of people. It’s time to ban oil trains before another disaster happens and even more damage is done.
photo from “Train derailment sends crude oil cars into Kanawha River; explosions erupt,” MetroNews, the Voice of West Virginia, 2/16/15: