Environment

Environment

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.

OPPD Plans to Retire all North Omaha Station’s Coal-Fired Units; Other Plants in Midlands Adapt to Clean Air Rules DifferentlyOmaha World Herald [pdf]

Omaha Public Power District Begins to Map Plan for Powering Next 20 YearsWorld-Herald[pdf]

Fact Sheet on OPPD’s Revised PlanOTOC


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.


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Community Organizing in Texas, Organizing in RGV, McAllen, Benzene, TCEQ, Environment

Valley Interfaith Investigates Benzene Plume Near Congregation

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Valley Interfaith

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

Monday, June 9, 2014
Omaha World Herald

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

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Del Rio News Herald

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.