CAMP HILL, Pa., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hanger, president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture), today opened the organization's annual clean energy conference by challenging the nearly 300 elected and appointed government officials, energy company executives, renewable energy financiers and leading environmentalists to "reach for the stars as well as the sun," and do more to make Pennsylvania the green energy market leader in the next decade. Hanger urged the group to join PennFuture in leading the way, announcing that the organization had just become the state's first public interest organization to go carbon neutral, committed to balancing any PennFuture activity which contributes to global warming -- driving, flying, heating, shipping -- by purchasing clean energy offsets from Pennsylvania clean energy projects. Hanger also referred to the Executive Summary of a soon to be released report, sponsored by PennFuture, which shows that Pennsylvania's economy would grow by $12.8 billion and 25,000 jobs by 2017 through Governor Rendell's PennSecurity Fuels Initiative. This initiative is designed to replace 900 million gallons of transportation fuel, much of it imported, with Pennsylvania-produced renewable fuels within the next decade. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty is expected to discuss the fuels project and other clean energy state initiatives during her keynote luncheon speech. "This report proves that every environmental victory grows the economy," Hanger told the conference attendees. "With a new renewable energy economy, we will not just expand jobs and investment in the Commonwealth, but we will change the very nature of Pennsylvania's economy, finally moving beyond our 19th century industrialized heritage and leading the way for the 21st century. We are on the brink of a brand new day, where a clean environment and a strong economy go hand-in-hand." The PennFuture conference "Getting beyond 10 Percent," is an annual national conference of renewable energy leaders and advocates who are charting the path to grow Pennsylvania and the region's green energy market. Speakers at this year's conference, in addition to McGinty, include Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Mike DiBerardinis, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff, Public Utility Commission Vice Chair James Cawley and key members of both parties of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization with offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and a newly opened Center for Energy, Enterprise and the Environment in West Chester. PennFuture has been called "Pennsylvania's leading environmental organization" by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
SOURCE Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture)