PA GreenGov Council to Host Sustainability Summit

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PENNSYLVANIA — Governor Tom Wolf announced that the PA GreenGov Council will host the commonwealth’s first-ever Sustainability Summit.

This year’s Summit will be an opportunity for Pennsylvania stakeholders to come together and share their knowledge about sustainability. The event offers an interactive experience with presentations by state officials on how they’ve made progress in the area of energy conservation, while also tackling challenges that remain ahead. It’s free, open to all, and virtual.

In 2019, Governor Wolf signed Executive Order 2019-01 to establish Pennsylvania’s first climate goals, as part of his strategy to fight climate change and protect Pennsylvania from climate dangers. Those goals call for a statewide reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025, with a further 80 percent reduction by 2050 from 2005 levels.

That executive order also established the PA GreenGov Council, which develops strategies to help the state government reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the three years since the creation of the GreenGov Council – which is co-chaired by the departments of General Services, Environmental Protection, and Conservation and Natural Resources – commonwealth agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction have reduced energy usage by 12.3 percent for a savings of more than $8 million.

The Sustainability Summit will be a full-day event featuring opening remarks from DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn and a line-up of six informative and interactive sessions. Throughout the rest of the week, noontime sessions on Tuesday through Friday will focus on specific sustainability topics, and feature opening remarks from PA Department of General Services Acting Secretary Joe Lee, PA Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Ramez Ziadeh and other commonwealth officials.

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For more information on PA Sustainability Week or to register for the Sustainability Summit, visit the PA Sustainability Summit website.

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