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Wed Jun 25, 2014
The OTOC Environmental Sustainability Team formed early this year upon learning that the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) planned to continue burning coal in North Omaha and retreat from the use of renewable energy sources (including wind and solar). They presented 4 key demands to the OPPD Board leading them to revise their plans to end coal burning in North Omaha by 2016 and maintain a minimum use of 32% of renewable sources.
Pictured below is the team of OTOC leaders that pushed the Board to revise its energy plan. Articles below quote OTOC leader Laurie Gift and OTOC ally Rev. Eric Elnes.
Tue Apr 10, 2012
Thanks to the organizing of religious leaders in Howard County, the Maryland General Assembly passed a stormwater bill requiring the state's 15 largest municipalities (including Howard County) to create stormwater runoff fees. This is a huge environmental victory as well as a potential dedicated funding source for the youth conservation corps that PATH creating with the county! PATH worked closely with a coalition of environmental groups and the County Executive to help pass this bill in Annapolis, and turned out dozens and dozens of people to hearings, a rally, and small group meetings with legislators.
Thu Aug 11, 2011
Representatives of 40 religious groups from the Washington Interfaith Network met with energy officials to secure a collective buying deal featuring lower utility rates and green energy. (Photo Credit: New York Times)
Tue Apr 5, 2011
The Interfaith Community Organization (now the Jersey City chapter of New Jersey Together) launched its campaign to rid Jersey City of toxic chromium wastes more than 20 years ago. In the spring of 2011, it won another large-scale cleanup -- much like the landmark legal victory which forced Honeywell to carry out a $400 million cleanup. PPG Industries will remove 600,000 tons of cancer-causing industrial wastes that it left behind in a densely populated neighborhood when it closed its local manufacturing operation a half century ago. PPG settled a lawsuit brought by ICO and our environmental ally, the Natural Resources Defense Council.
In the News
Austin Energy, Utilities, Austin Interfaith, Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas
Austin Interfaith Fights for Fair Utilities Debt Repayment Plan
Austin American Statesman
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Austin Interfaith, with allies, is fighting for a non-punitive utility debt repayment plan that would allow the Austin Energy to reclaim money it, in many cases, did not bill for – but without hurting the families affected.
Community Organizing in Texas, Organizing in RGV, McAllen, Benzene, TCEQ, Environment
Valley Interfaith Investigates Benzene Plume Near Congregation
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Valley Interfaith, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, is drawing a connection between stories of cancer-related deaths, three gas stations and a benzene plume moving through a neighborhood blocks from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in McAllen...
Community Organizing in Omaha, Community Organizing in Nebraska, Nebraska IAF, Energy, OPPD, Coal
OTOC & Allies End Coal Burning in North Omaha
Omaha World Herald
Monday, June 9, 2014
The OTOC Environmental Sustainability Team formed early this year upon learning that the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) planned to continue burning coal in North Omaha and retreat from the use of renewable energy sources (including wind and solar). They presented 4 key demands to the OPPD Board...
Groundwater Conservation, TBO, Sandra Fuentes, Ramon Duran, Texas IAF, Water
TBO Fights for Groundwater Conservation on Texas Border
Del Rio News Herald
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Sandra Fuentes, a co-chair of The Border Organization, told members of Val Verde County Commissioners Court, “The Border Organization has been working on the effort to form a groundwater conservation district for several years now, and for various reasons, this has not materialized. The Border Organization [will now] reorganize ...around this issue, to establish a groundwater district for Val Verde County.