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PennFuture Released a ‘Green New Deal’ plan for Pennsylvania’s path post-pandemic

PennFuture Released a ‘Green New Deal’ plan for Pennsylvania’s path post-pandemic

PennFuture’s “A Green Stimulus and Recovery Platform for Pennsylvania” prioritizes green jobs, clean energy and nature-based businesses

As we’re in the midst of a pandemic and already talking about how to move forward towards recovery, advocates are focusing on how a sustainable future will be fruitful for the economy too.

PennFuture released “A Green Stimulus and Recovery Platform for Pennsylvania” Report for leaders to implement a green stimulus recovery plan for the state. Approximately $2.8 billion in investments would preserve or create almost 400,000 jobs.

The report has 5 key policy recommendations:

  1. Avoid budget cuts that will hurt the economic recovery like environmental and conservation programs.
  2. Preserve nature-based businesses from collapse while encouraging in-state residents to take advantage of PA’s outdoor amenities.
  3. Create a green jobs program to put PA back to work, including in-state park and forest maintenance, green stormwater infrastructure and tree planting
  4. Double down on PA’s clean energy economy, focusing on community solar, energy efficiency, and clean transit.
  5. Create a green recovery summit for local and county officials.

Photo of Scranton, PA by Cameron Sanborn on Unsplash

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher
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