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Infrastructure Takes a Front Seat at National Governors Meeting

Infrastructure Takes a Front Seat at National Governors Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC, February 23, 2009 (ENS) – The National Governors Association 2009 Winter Meeting wrapped up today with a session on best practices from around the world for financing infrastructure repairs and upgrades. The governors charted what they called “an action-based roadmap” for the chairman’s initiative Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future. Each year,…

11 Eastern States Commit to Regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard

11 Eastern States Commit to Regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, January 6, 2009 (ENS) – Pennsylvania has signed a letter of agreement with 10 other eastern states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels and other sources by developing a regional low carbon fuel standard. Vehicles using low carbon transport fuels include cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells; electric cars such as…

Pennsylvania Manufacturers Get Grants to Use Recyclables

Pennsylvania Manufacturers Get Grants to Use Recyclables

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – Pennsylvania is making $1 million in grant funding available for manufacturers to buy equipment that increases use of recycled content in finished products. Grants of up to $500,000 are available to buy machinery or equipment that will increase consumption of recyclable materials recovered in Pennsylvania. Another $950,000 will…

Pennsylvania Bets on Biofuels

Pennsylvania Bets on Biofuels

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 18, 2008 (ENS) – Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed two pieces of legislation last week that will help spur the development of homegrown biofuels in Pennsylvania and establish new requirements that every gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel contain a percentage of ethanol and biodiesel. “Pennsylvanians are struggling with higher fuels costs,”…

Infrastructure Renewal Will Drive Governors' Efforts This Year

Infrastructure Renewal Will Drive Governors' Efforts This Year

PHILADELPHIA, Pennesylvania, July 15, 2008 (ENS) – Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell Monday took the reins of the National Governors Association and announced that the organization’s annual Chair’s Initiative, chosen each year by the incoming leader, will focus on strengthening infrastructure investment. “It is an honor to serve as NGA’s chair,” Governor Rendell said during the…

Pennsylvania Assembly Passes First Global Warming Law

Pennsylvania Assembly Passes First Global Warming Law

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3, 2008 (ENS) – Global warming legislation will be enacted for the first time in Pennsylvania when Governor Ed Rendell signs the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act as he is expected to do. The measure was overwhelmingly approved today by both houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. A coal-rich state, Pennsylvania emits one…

Pennsylvania Awarded $42.4 million for Clean Water Projects

Pennsylvania Awarded $42.4 million for Clean Water Projects

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 26, 2008 (ENS) – Water quality improvements in Pennsylvania will be funded by a $42.4 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the state of Pennsylvania. Announcing the grant on Thursday, Donald Welsh, regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region, said, “EPA is committed to helping communities get safe, clean water.”…

Philadelphia Phillies Lead Major Leagues in Green Power

Philadelphia Phillies Lead Major Leagues in Green Power

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 5, 2008 (ENS) – The Philadelphia Phillies have signed up to buy 20 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy to serve the ball club’s 43,500-seat Citizens Bank Park. With this purchase the team has become the largest green power purchaser in major league baseball. The Phillies’ purchase of 20 million kilowatt hours…

Pennsylvania Looks to Its Own Water Infrastructure Funding

Pennsylvania Looks to Its Own Water Infrastructure Funding

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, February 28, 2008 (ENS) – By executive order, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has established a high-level task force that will evaluate what is needed to ensure Pennsylvania maintains a sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure in view of continued budget cuts from the federal government in recent years. A federal Clean Water Needs Survey…

Funding Shortfall Hampers Pennsylvania's Wastewater Cleanup

Funding Shortfall Hampers Pennsylvania's Wastewater Cleanup

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, February 23, 2008 (ENS) – The state Senate Republican Policy Committee this week held a hearing on the cost of cleaning up Pennsylvania’s waterways to meet federal Clean Water Act nutrient reduction requirements for the Chesapeake Bay. The lawmakers noted their disappointment with Governor Ed Rendell, a Democrat, for not including funding for…

Governors, Mayor Form Coalition to Rebuild Ailing U.S. Infrastructure

Governors, Mayor Form Coalition to Rebuild Ailing U.S. Infrastructure

LOS ANGELES, California, January 22, 2008 (ENS) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican; Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, a Democrat; and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an Independent, stood beneath a Los Angeles highway interchange on Saturday to announce the formation of a non-partisan national coalition that will lobby for federal investment in America’s decaying…

Pennsylvania Invests $20 Million in Community Recycling

Pennsylvania Invests $20 Million in Community Recycling

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, December 24, 2007 (ENS) – Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell says the state will spend $20 million to support new and expanded recycling programs benefiting 10 million people in 134 communities across the state. Counties, cities and townships will purchase recycling containers, establish a drop-off recycling programs, yard waste collection and composting, and augment…

Chesapeake Bay Health Slipping Year by Year

Chesapeake Bay Health Slipping Year by Year

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, December 11, 2007 (ENS) – The health of the Chesapeake Bay is deteriorating, according to a new report from the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Meanwhile, the governors of states bordering the Bay say they are doing their best to improve the health of the nation’s largest estuary and claim they are making progress.…