Environment

Public Transit, Metro, Capital Investments, Operations, ATU

Grassroots Activists Call for $1B in Annual Metro Funding & Have a Plan

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Washington Post

Several faith- and community-based organizations say Metro needs $1 billion a year in dedicated funding, and they’ve come up with a proposal that includes a mix of sales, gas and property taxes that leaders say will beef up service levels and preserve jobs while addressing the system’s long-term needs. Read more about Grassroots Activists Call for $1B in Annual Metro Funding & Have a Plan

Metro IAF

Public Transportation, Bond Measure, GOTV

One LA Takes on Los Angeles Traffic and Wins with $120B Bond Election

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
One LA

Building on a four-year campaign, One LA leaders and their allies shaped, pushed for and  Read more about One LA Takes on Los Angeles Traffic and Wins with $120B Bond Election

One LA IAF

Oklahoma IAF, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Kris King, utilities commission

VOICE-OKC Gets AG to Drop Most Egregious Part of $1.1Billion Suit

Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Oklahoman

When Oklahoma Gas & Electric attempted to pass on the cost of updating a gas plant to consumers, rather than to the shareholders who benefited from a 50% increase in dividends while the utility delayed environmental compliance through lawsuits, leaders from VOICE-OKC Read more about VOICE-OKC Gets AG to Drop Most Egregious Part of $1.1Billion Suit

VOICE - OKC

Austin Energy, Utilities, Austin Interfaith, Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas

Austin Interfaith Fights for Fair Utilities Debt Repayment Plan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Austin American Statesman

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. Read more about Austin Interfaith Fights for Fair Utilities Debt Repayment Plan

Austin Interfaith

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... Read more about OTOC & Allies End Coal Burning in North Omaha

OTOC

Environment
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 18:45

OTOC & Allies Kill Coal Burning Component of Omaha Energy Plan

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. Read more about OTOC & Allies Kill Coal Burning Component of Omaha Energy Plan


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... Read more about Valley Interfaith Investigates Benzene Plume Near Congregation

Valley Interfaith

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. Read more about TBO Fights for Groundwater Conservation on Texas Border

The Border Organization

Environment
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 17:45

New Jersey Together/ICO Wins Epic Environmental Cleanup Battle vs. Chemical Giant PPG Industries

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 o Read more about New Jersey Together/ICO Wins Epic Environmental Cleanup Battle vs. Chemical Giant PPG Industries


Environment
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 16:00

PATH links environmental protections with job creation in Howard County, MD

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 Read more about PATH links environmental protections with job creation in Howard County, MD


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