The Punchlist 2-5-2021

The Punchlist is back! Each week at the end of the week, we’ll share some of our favorite sustainability, climate, local, and whatever else – related stories.

This week’s edition features more exciting local and national news about the environment! 

New Water Deal: Allegheny County is making strides in utilizing renewable energy, yet again. The county has plans to purchase renewable hydropower energy from the new Emsworth Main Channel Project on the Ohio River. The use of this hydropower will provide 3,400 households with enough power for the duration of the 35-year deal. The facility plans to be operational by mid-2023.

Carbon-Free Jobs: In response to the concerns of job loss due to President Biden’s climate change policies, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst released a study that predicts that every year for over a decade, 243,000 clean jobs could be created in Pennsylvania. These jobs would come from a variety of sectors including clean energy, public infrastructure, manufacturing, land restoration, and agriculture.

An Equitable Holiday: Following in the State of Pennsylvania’s lead, Mayor Peduto plans to make Juneteenth an official city holiday in Pittsburgh. Mayor Peduto hopes the city-wide recognition of this holiday will bring attention to and celebrate Black voices, in a time that many are trying to silence them. If this legislation passes, Juneteenth will join holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Good Friday as a paid day off for all city employees.

More Money, More Opportunities: Pittsburgh nonprofits were a few of the organizations to receive grants from the Arconic Foundation, which promotes environmental sustainability and social equity. Among the recipients were the Latino Community Center of Pittsburgh, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy. These nonprofits will use their grants for technology support for virtual learners, new trees, and new resources for the Frick Environmental Center.

Greener Air: The Pittsburgh International Airport has been approved by the Department of Energy to begin construction of a solar farm. The airport’s microgrid will include 9,390 solar panels that will have the potential to power 13,000 homes while serving as the airport’s alternative energy source. The installation will begin this summer and will be completed in early 2022.

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