Monday, November 12, 2012

Election 2012: Opportunities and Challenges for a Clean Air Future

Clean Air Council to Host a Lunch & Learn Series

Election 2012: Opportunities and Challenges for a Clean Air Future

Tuesday November 13, 2012
12:00 – 1:30 PM (doors open at 11:45
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S. 22nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Lunch will be served (menu below)

Fed up with a “Storm of the Century” every year and record-breaking summer heat, the American public rejected the agenda of large corporate polluters who spent $270 million to try and buy the election for politicians who support their dirty agenda. With the cost of pollution-related health care on the rise and the fate of public health at risk, the American people spoke up on November 6, 2012 and demanded a future that is healthy and sustainable, a future that holds the promise of good, American jobs and economic growth while working to slow the rise of the oceans and keep the air clean. While the environmental community praises the election of legislators who pledge to “heal the planet,” we realize that a host of both opportunities and challenges lay before our federal, state, and local officials if we truly desire a cleaner and more sustainable future for America’s children.

Clean Air Council is joined by Moms Clean Air Force, Penn Environment, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (Penn Future), Conservation PA, and Sierra Club and graciously hosted by co-sponsor, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Our panel of speakers includes local physician and former health commissioner of Philadelphia Dr. Walter Tsou, Jay Carlis of Community Energy, Philadelphia mom and environmental attorney Lisa Widawsky Hallowell, and Sr. Mary Elizabeth Clark who serves as an Ambassador for the U.S. Catholic Bishops Climate Change Coalition. The panel will discuss clean energy, air pollution’s impact on public health, and the moral obligation to protect the environment. In addition to addressing public concerns about a sustainable future, we will be setting an ambitious agenda for the remainder of 2012 that includes finalization of the Soot & Carbon Rules and an extension of the Wind Energy Tax Credits. Tuesday’s roundtable will provide an opportunity for southeastern Pennsylvania to address our current climate issues, extreme weather, a new congressional make-up, and the role of the executive branch in addressing a rapidly changing global climate.

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Contact Gretchen Alfonso for more information at 215.567.4004 x128 or

Lisa Widawsky Hallowell is an attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC that advocates for effective enforcement of environmental laws. Lisa joined EIP in 2009, and her primary focus area is coal litigation and policy, specifically coal combustion waste (or "coal ash"). Just before taking maternity leave this summer, she was the lead attorney in an action that lead to the closure of the nation's largest coal ash impoundment, FirstEnergy's Little Blue Run, in western PA. Lisa graduated cum laude with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis and Clark Law School, and she earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Colgate University.

Mary Elizabeth Clark, S.S.J., a Sister of Saint Joseph, Philadelphia, has been director for the past eight years of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Earth Center, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA and Special Assistant to the President of Chestnut Hill College for Sustainability. She also serves as an Ambassador for the U.S. Catholic Bishops Climate Change Coalition and served as Social Justice Coordinator for the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Philadelphia, for nine years. While in that position, she served on the national boards of NETWORK and of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. Mary Elizabeth earned her B.S. in Education from Chestnut Hill College, her M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Thomas Aquinas University, Rome and an Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) degree from Seton Hall University, NJ.

Jay Carlis is Vice President at Community Energy, Inc. and responsible for managing day-to-day operations for CEI’s Retail Division, this includes Green Power sales in 22 utility territories. In 2009, Jay led the successful development of CEI’s first solar projects at Eastern University and Smith College. Jay is former President of the Renewable Energy Markets Association. He has a MBA in Marketing and Sustainable Enterprise from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College.

Walter Tsou, MD (to be submitted)

Luncheon Buffet

12:00 Noon

Roast breast of turkey and Danish Fontina with sun-dried tomato basil relish served on Rosemary baguette

Layered grilled and marinated vegetables topped with Grana Padano and lemon aioli on a spinach tortilla wrap

Served with homemade seasoned parmesan potato chips and CBD pickled vegetables

Chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies
Pitchers of freshly brewed, unsweetened iced tea and iced water

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