Chapter Field Trip: Ohio River Valley Bus Tour

We have a few updates to share with you about our chapter's bus tour of the Ohio River Valley THIS WEEKEND!

  • Sign-up deadline has been extended through July 25. Invite your friends. Non-chapter members are encouraged to attend. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite.
  • Three scholarships are now available thanks to the generosity of the Center for Coalfield Justice! If you or someone you know would like to attend but the ticket cost is holding you back, please email us. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are intended for those with financial need.
  • Carpooling to the EIC is encouraged and we're working to connect attendees by region. If you're interested in carpooling, please email us and we'll send out updates as we get them.
  • Parking at the EIC is available off-street and will be free for tour attendees.

See you on the bus!


This month, in lieu of a regular July chapter meeting, Climate Reality Pittsburgh & SWPA is going on a field trip!
On Saturday, July 28, at 11 am, we will board a bus at the Energy Innovation Center (1425 Bedford Avenue, across from the PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh) and head north to some of the more inspiring renewable energy projects in the region as well as some of the most threatening climate-changing industrial sites. We will return at approximately 6 pm to the Energy Innovation Center.
Beaver County is ground zero for major gas industry petrochemical expansion along with ancillary operations like pipelines, well pads, pigging operations, and compressor stations. Such expansion would make our region a major source of climate change-causing emissions and a headquarters for the manufacture of plastic products.

Our itinerary and expert guidance include:

  • Emsworth via Neville Island to learn about the campaign work of Allegheny County Clean Air Now (ACCAN) from Thaddeus Popovich. ACCAN is a group that is working to turn this industrial island and former home of the now dismantled Shenango Coke Works into a solar farm.
  • The beautiful Ambridge Reservoir in Ambridge, PA for a picnic lunch (bring your own!) to learn about Shell Appalachia’s plans to run the Falcon Pipeline under the raw water line that supplies water to more than 35,000 residents. Terrie Baumgartner of Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community (BCMAC) will talk about the work it's doing to stop the petrochemical industry's proliferation of wellpads and fracking activities throughout our region. 
  • Potter Township, to see the site of the massive petrochemical complex underway there
  • Monaca, where Mayor Mario Leone will greet us and give us a tour of the borough's solar arrays that it uses to reduce its carbon impact. 
  • Dave Blair’s awesome net-zero home in Monaco, where he will give our group a personal tour and answer your questions.

The Sign-Up Deadline is July 22, 2018. Tickets are $25 to cover the bus trip and driver's tip. We ask that you supply your own picnic lunch. RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve your seat on this fun and informative bus tour!

NOTE: If we don't have at least 40 signed up for the tour, we may have to cancel. If we do cancel, everyone who signed up will receive a refund. Spread the word and bring your friends!
We hope to see you on the bus! RSVP & TICKETS >