While the air quality in our region is 8th worst in the nation according to the American Lung Association (ALA), there is hope. Many opportunities exist to put southwestern Pennsylvania on the path to clean air.
Local residents coming together to reimagine a future for Beaver County that makes wise long-term economic, cultural and social development choices for a vibrant and healthy community.
Highlighting sustainable economic development initiatives and career opportunities in Southwest Pennsylvania with a focus on the viability and potential for a clean economy.
The economy has not been working for most people and places in the Ohio River Valley. A broad and inclusive coalition of Appalachia community leaders and individual representatives of economic, environmental, and grassroots organizations stand united on changing the future, offering hope for our next generation—of all races, ethnicities, and genders. Their vision is grounded in our land and centered on creating local wealth with a focus on building a 21st century economy that’s good for workers, communities, and the environment.
The communities of the Turtle Creek watershed and airshed have come together to demand sustainable change to protect the interconnected water and airsheds that encompass these connected communities. There are over 30 municipalities that are touched by these networks of creeks, rivers, and traveling air pathways.
In Pennsylvania there are twice as many clean energy jobs than jobs in oil and gas, and that number is growing. Creating a clean economy will have a tremendous impact on the quality of our air.
A clean air economy includes building a new workforce with jobs in solar, wind and other clean technologies. It also includes transitioning to electric cars, buses and trucks, improving bicycle lanes and providing more public transportation options.
The ACHD oversees the regulation of the top polluters in the county. Its stated mission is to protect, promote and preserve the health and well-being of all Allegheny County residents, particularly the most vulnerable.
The DEP’s mission is to protect the state’s air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment.
The U.S. EPA mission is to protect human health and the environment. The agency is responsible for writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress.