July 19, 2018

Clean Energy Forum Supports a Local Focus

WCU Geothermal Sustainability

Next Wednesday, July 25, local legislators, educators, and the public will examine ways to move the discussion on clean energy forward locally. “Climate Can’t Wait: A Clean Energy Forum” is being hosted by PennEnvironment, the West Chester University Office of Sustainability, and the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Chester County. The free discussion begins at 6 p.m. in WCU’s Mitchell Hall, Room 102 (675 S Church Street, West Chester, PA 19383). There will be time allotted for Q&A about how Chester County can be a global leader in renewable energy.

According to Brad Flamm, WCU’s director of sustainability, the University is on its way to fulfilling its goals to become carbon neutral, especially since sustainability is one of the core themes of WCU’s strategic plans. He plans to discuss some of WCU’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions including the geothermal project and the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that offset some of the institution’s emissions.

“We still have some significant challenges we face in 1) our use of natural gas and fuel oil for some of our energy needs; and 2) our significant carbon emissions attributable to staff, faculty, and student commuting,” he adds. “Those are issues everyone in our economy / society face, so my comments will hopefully be grist for some interesting discussions.”

The other panelists are State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19), State Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-156), and Borough of West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin.

The non-profit PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center is dedicated to protecting Pennsylvania’s air, water and open spaces. The Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Chester County supports the county’s municipalities in their commitments to transition to 100% renewable electricity by January 2035 and to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by January 2050.