Interfaith trailblazers walk 100 miles for green jobs

Carrying their own brilliant yellow sun, about a dozen walkers are making their way through Montgomery County this week, on a trek for a new energy future. Ranging from millennials to a 79 year-old great grandpa, they will be joined by local congregations calling for solar job growth in the area.

PECO ratepayers footing the bill for utility group lobbying

Interfaith trek from oil-fired to solar electricity

CHESTER- A group of interfaith activists walked from Eddystone Generating Station to the Chester Exploration Zone today to say PECO should run its grid on local solar built in cities where unemployment is high. Burning oil or gas for electricity is safest far away from where the power gets used. But solar technology can put the power directly in the community that needs it, bringing jobs, savings, and cleaner air.

Interfaith Walk for Green Jobs and Justice departs from North Philly Chapel

PHILADELPHIA- About 40 walkers took the first steps of a 100 mile journey for justice outside of Morris Chapel Baptist Church this morning, after a blessing from 9 clergy leaders. In a group ranging from millennials to great-grandparents, the walkers began a circle through PECO’s service area, moving between dirty fossil fuel plants to sites where solar jobs could build a bright future. 

100-Mile “Walk for Green Jobs & Justice” to Traverse Chester, Swarthmore and Media May 9-10

Things have not been the same at PECO’s Center City headquarters since the launch of the Power Local Green Jobs campaign in September 2015.  On more than a dozen occasions, members of EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) and POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) have gathered in the company’s lobby and plaza with the message that it is not OK for less than 1% of the electricity that PECO sells to come from solar energy. 

Quakers light a path for solar at PECO

PHILADELPHIA- Lining the walls of PECO’s lobby with electric candles and post-it notes, 45 Quaker and interfaith activists called for PECO to commit to connecting jobs-hungry communities to solar opportunities. Solar is one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

Runners urge PECO to join the race to solar

PHILADELPHIA- A hundred runners and walkers did laps around PECO’s Market Street headquarters on Saturday, October 1st, saying that PECO has been giving a “run-around” to delay a transition to solar energy and a major increase in green jobs. The protest continues the Power Local Green Jobs campaign for 20% local solar by 2025. 

PECO solar plans weak on jobs, justice

PHILADELPHIA - Today, in response to a year-long campaign spearheaded by Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) and Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER), PECO announced a draft plan which advocates had hoped would create thousands of local solar jobs. Heartened by PECO taking a first step, the Power Local Green Jobs Campaign called for solar on a greater scale and a commitment to economic justice.

Time for ambitious leadership from PECO on jobs and climate change

The second meeting of PECO’s Solar Stakeholder Collaborative will be later this month on September 21, and PECO is expected to announce initial plans. In an open letter to PECO CEO Craig Adams, the interfaith Power Local Green Jobs campaign reminds the company that what is needed is a shift to solar large enough to impact climate change and address the need for local jobs.

Quakers at PECO concert call for solar jobs

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What: Concert-goers decorate a colorful, 5 foot tall cardboard rowhouse with paper solar panels
Where: Bucks County Courthouse Lawn, 100 N Main St, Doylestown, PA