Climate Change and High Unemployment: The PECO Fix

Press Advisory

Activists put together giant puzzle depicting solar jobs and green energy future for Philadelphia. What is PECO’s commitment to the environment and Philadelphians?

What: In a high energy, nonviolent demonstration, PECO CEO Craig Adams will be asked to join faith groups, environmental groups, and jobs advocates to complete a life-sized puzzle by having PECO commit to spark local green jobs! PECO can follow the path of their parent company, Chicago-based Exelon, or choose jobs, community and renewable energy.

Who: PECO ratepayers, environmental activists, Philadelphia Quakers

Where: PECO Headquarters, 2301 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

When: Wednesday, September 16 at 2:00 PM.

Why: Each year PECO is required to increase the amount of solar energy they purchase and provide to Philadelphians. PECO could source its solar from Philadelphia spurring badly needed infrastructure while also putting job-hungry residents to work. Philadelphia’s unemployment rates are higher than the national average and we lag behind major cities in renewable energy. Philadelphians call on PECO make a choice: follow the uninspiring lead of their Chicago parent company or create green jobs in Philadelphia helping the city stay on track for being the greenest city in America.

Visuals: Life-size puzzle, banners, activists of all ages

 Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is a nonviolent direct action group dedicated to building a just and sustainable economy. After winning a successful campaign to have PNC stop financing mountaintop removal in Appalachia, EQAT has launched a new campaign pressuring PECO to Power Local Green Jobs. More information is available at: