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Ohio River Valley Bus Tour


This month, in lieu of a regular July chapter meeting, Climate Reality Pittsburgh & SWPA is going on a field trip! On July 28, at 11 am, we will board a bus at the Energy Innovation Center 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.
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 Monaca, where he will give our group a personal tour and answer your questions.

You can view the tour's presentation slides and other resources via the links below. If you have any questions, we're here to help. Send us an email and we'll do our best to connect you with the information and resources you need to help our region move towards a renewable future.

Tour Resources

We'd like to thank the Center for Coalfield Justice for their generous support in providing scholarships to attendees, and to everyone for help in making this tour possible!