PEA Joins Environmental Groups for City Council’s Fall Environment Kick-Off Event
29 Sept 2017
The Philadelphia Energy Authority’s very own Laura Rigell presented last week as part of City Council’s Fall Environment Kick-Off event hosted by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown in City Hall. The event featured sustainability and environmental leaders from across the city, including Richard Freeh, Senior Program Manager at the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Nic Esposito, Zero Waste and Litter Director for the City of Philadelphia, and Amanda Wagner, Co-Chair of the Food Policy Advisory Council Board.
Councilwoman Reynolds Brown introduced the panel with impassioned message of collaboration across sectors, expertise, and communities to reach our common sustainability goals for the sake of future generations to come. She then invited every attendee to introduce themselves one by one and to linger after the panel to share and learn from each others’ respective fields and interests.
Rigell’s presentation, “Scaling up to Reduce Poverty, Create Jobs and Fight Climate Change,” focused on PEA’s Philadelphia Energy Campaign — a $1 billion investment over 10 years in energy efficiency and clean energy projects to create 10,000 new, green-collar jobs in the City of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Energy Campaign fits squarely within Mayor Kenney’s and City Council’s forward-thinking vision for the City of Philadelphia with growing jobs, stronger communities, lower energy costs, and a reduced city-wide carbon footprint.
Rigell also highlighted the successes of Solarize Philly — a group buying program to help Philadelphia households go solar. Over 2,000 households have expressed interest in going solar and over 60 households have already signed contracts with Solarize Philly installers! The deadline to sign a contract is quickly approaching on October 31 — to sign-up for Solarize Philly you can follow this link HERE.