EDF Action Hosted Clean Energy Event

August 10, 2021
Hannah Blatt, hblatt@edfaction.org, 202-572-3534

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(Bethlehem, PA- August 10, 2021) EDF Action, the advocacy partner of the Environmental Defense Fund, held an event at the SteelStacks to highlight how a new era of ingenuity and innovation can reinvigorate a community. The event drew attention to the need for bold climate action by Congress. These investments will help incentivize electric vehicles and build back our economy with investments in clean energy and creating good paying jobs for Pennsylvania while tackling the climate crisis head on.

“EDF Action members are energized about meeting the moment, advocating for bold climate action now. They’re out gathering petitions, doing visibility events and meeting with elected officials to talk about the importance of tackling the climate crisis head on. We need Congress to act now with bold solutions that accelerate our transition to a clean economy, with big investments in clean energy and electric vehicles,” said Jeremy Bernstien, EDF Action’s Pennsylvania Climate Team Organizer.

“The Mack LR Electric vehicle will position Mack Trucks to lead in e-mobility for the Waste and Recycling Industry,” said Mark Circo, Mack Trucks national accounts manager. “This will be achieved by leveraging our 121 years of application experience, strong reputation, product performance, durability, service/uptime and proven track record of meeting the needs of the waste and recycling segment demands. This is just the beginning of our electromobility journey, and Mack Trucks is excited for the future of transportation.”

“Great things lie ahead for the valley, but we will all have to work together to make them a reality. President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda would be an historic investment in our environment, our communities, and our economy that would set us in the Lehigh Valley on the path to a brighter, greener future, and environmental activists like all of us here today, organizations like EDF Action, CVPA, and PennFuture, and our leaders in Congress like Rep. Wild must do everything we can to make sure that it passes this year.”

“As an elementary school counselor, I have seen firsthand how climate pollution in our air from cars, trucks and buses harms the health of our children and their futures. We need to build a cleaner planet and a healthy economy with serious climate investments that put our children and our communities first. Congress has a real opportunity to do this now, with bold investments in a clean economy,” EDF Action member Peg Church.

The event drew a number of different speakers, including Peg Church EDF Action Volunteer and Former Bethlehem Steel employee, Maria Ocasio, Conservation Voters of PA and PennFuture, Becky Bradley, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Mariska Van Aast, Public Engagement Officer Susan Wild, Tinku Khanwalkar, Allentown Environmental Advisory Council, Dr. Rudy Shankar, Director of Energy systems engineering at Lehigh University, Mark Circo, National Accounts Manager for Mack Trucks and Paul Anthony, Business Manager for IBEW Local 375.