EP-ACT Newsletter

Driving together, toward a greener tomorrow

April 2020 News & Events

Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth has responded aggressively to the spread of COVID-19, first by working to contain the virus through contact tracing and quarantines for residents who came in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus to slow sustained community spread.  When sustained community spread was established, the commonwealth moved to mitigation efforts early in the response by issuing orders to close schools and non-life-sustaining businesses, and to restrict large gatherings.

A target goal for reopening has been set at having fewer than 50 new confirmed cases per 100,000 population reported to the department in the previous 14 days. The target data goal is not the only metric to be met before reopening a region. Additionally, the Commonwealth must ensure there are enough tests, case investigation and tracking to detect outbreaks and safeguards in place.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is expected to announce this Friday which counties or regions in Pennsylvania will start a phased reopening plan on May 8 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID19 Pandemic & Clean Transportation

Great article by Sam Spofforth of Clean Fuels Ohio providing perspective of COVID-19 impacts on clean transportation.  As we work to comprehend the current crisis, how do we chart a path to achieve our shared mission for a cleaner and more sustainable world?  Clean Cities coalitions are here to help ensure stimulus package funding from Washington leverages clean transportation solutions and are preparing for a time when we can return to our work of education, advancing policy solutions, and conducting analysis.

Rescheduled: EPACT 4th Annual Golf Outing

We hope everyone is staying healthy. In an effort to comply with PA guidelines and to keep our EPACT members safe, we have decided to postpone the Golf Outing until later in the summer.  We are encouraged Pennsylvania opened golf courses today (May 1) and the hopeful return of the PGA tournaments in June.  In the meantime, Here are some resources to help you get your game back post COVID.  

EP-ACT Award Announcement 

Thank you all for your award nominations!! We appreciate hearing from you with all the great suggestions for member, stakeholder and regional clean fleets recommendations.  Tony and the board are working through the final round of decisions to finalize the 2020 winners.  We anticipate making the announcement in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned for a special award announcement!!!

DEP Projects PA Could Cut Carbon Emissions Dramatically as Part of Cap-and-Trade Effort

Pennsylvania could reduce its carbon emissions by almost 10 times as much over the next decade if it joins a regional effort aimed at cutting greenhouse gases, according to new projections from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

The models show Pennsylvania’s carbon emissions will go down over the next decade regardless of whether the commonwealth joins the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade agreement among 10 northeastern states.

Energy Strategies to Benefit Business

Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Webinar

May 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am

With the release of Energy At Work, the Chamber showcased energy projects and strategies that are increasing efficiency and resiliency, lowering costs, and reducing emissions across the business community.

Post COVID Mobility Plan

CalStart and Netlift Webinar

May 6, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Netlift’s CEO and urban mobility expert Marc-Antoine Ducas, discusses mobility in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, how it will impact (and already has impacted) your organization, coupled with key insights on the way tomorrow’s workforce will commute.

Members: Thank You for Your Service!!!

From all of us at EPACT, we wanted to say a special "Thank You!" to our members on the front lines for all that you do to keep our community bright, warm, clean, safe, well stocked and connected throughout this pandemic.  We applaud your commitment to service in these uncertain times and appreciate all you do to for your employees, customers, and community.  If you'd like to share stories about your companies response, email them to Caroline McCallum and we will include them in next month's newsletter.

Office: 215-990-8200  Address: 1900 Market St. 8th Floor Philadelphia PA 19103