Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future

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Logo of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future
Established 1998
President Jacqui Bonomo
Headquarters Harrisburg, PA,
 United States

Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) is a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States.


Pennfuture was founded in 1998, with the mission to work to "create a just future where nature, communities and the economy thrive. We enforce environmental laws and advocate for the transformation of public policy, public opinion and the marketplace to restore and protect the environment and safeguard public health. PennFuture advances effective solutions for the problems of pollution, sprawl and global warming; mobilizes citizens; crafts compelling communications; and provides excellent legal services and policy analysis."[1]

In February 2008, Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future announced that Teresa Heinz, Chair of The Heinz Endowments, Rebecca Rimel, President of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore would speak at the organization's 10th Anniversary Gala in Philadelphia.[2]

In July 2015, Larry Schweiger assumed the role of president and CEO of PennFuture. He replaced former president and CEO, Cindy Dunn.[3]

Issue stances[edit]

Some of the policies endorsed by Pennfuture include clean energy, air quality, and water quality, and mining. According to Pennfuture, "air pollution is shortening lives, contaminating fish, killing streams and forests, and inexorably warming the global climate. Watersheds are thoughtlessly being undermined and paved over, and good water quality is becoming a rare commodity. Thousands of acres of land are defiled by past coal mining, and communities, streams, and families still suffer from destructive mining techniques."[4]

To achieve success in their mission, the organization is "working to replace old outdated dirty sources of power with clean renewable Pennsylvania-made electricity, fighting factory farm pollution, helping to stop damage from mining, protecting watersheds from sprawl and pollution, reducing global warming pollution, watchdogging state government, and providing $2 million per year of free legal services to protect the environment."[4]

Climate Change[edit]

PennFuture continually advocates for action on climate change. In order to reduce heat-trapping gases to the necessary level, we propose the following actions:

  • Implement the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan that was submitted to the General Assembly in December 2009 by prioritizing the recommendations of the plan by first applying those with the greatest emission reduction potential and with the least cost.
  • Increase the amount of clean, renewable energy required in the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) from 8 percent to 15 percent with a separate requirement that will boost the amount of solar energy from 0.5 percent to 3 percent, which will also create thousands of jobs.[5]
  • Continue Pennsylvania participation in the creation of a regional Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) that will reduce global warming, shrink our reliance on foreign oil, and use market-mechanisms to transition to more sustainable fuels.
  • Extend provisions of Energy Savings legislation, Act 129 beyond 2013.[6] The current legislation requires electric utilities to reduce their overall electricity load by 1 percent by 2011 and by 3 percent by 2013, and reduce peak demand by 4.5 percent by 2013.[7]

Additional Accomplishments[edit]

Passage of the $625 million Growing Greener Bond in 2005; Enactment of the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard mandates; and Enactment of state rules to cut mercury pollution and ease the purchase of "clean" cars. Add to these successes frequent campaigns to contact legislators about specific legislation, hosting "Lobbying Days" in the Capitol, and providing pre-written letters for its grassroots activists to send to lawmakers.

PennFuture has received more than $900,000 from alternative energy companies during the past five years, much of which the eco-activist group has used to lobby for tax breaks, subsidies and mandates for the wind and solar industries. Foundations led by the Heinz and Haas families have donated generously.


  • 15 April 2015 Environmental Group Estimates State's Fossil-Fuel Subsidies [8]
  • 1 April 2015 PennFuture commends proposal to ‘reinvigorate clean energy investments [9]
  • 29 January 2015 Wolf bans new gas drilling leases on public land as promised [10]
  • 16 January 2015 John Quigley: 'There's a real opportunity to get [Marcellus Shale] right' [11]
  • 15 January 2015 PennFuture calls for state-specific methane regulations [12]
  • 16 December 2014 Wolf names more members to transition team [13]
  • 20 November 2014 PennFuture Appeal Settlement Improves DEP Stormwater Management Program [14]
  • 8 October 2014 Despite ups and downs, solar power still shining in Pennsylvania [15]
  • 21 August 2014 PennFuture Files Second Appeal Over Anadarko Permit in Lycoming County [16]
  • 18 August 2014 Environmentalist group says health registry needed [17]
  • 31 July 2014 Pittsburgh Hosts Hearing on EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Proposals [18]
  • 24 July 2014 Audit blasts DEP's handling of gas-well industry [19]
  • 25 March 2014 Switching on: Installing LED streetlights to save Pennsylvania taxpayers money [20]
  • 20 November 2013 PennFuture Asks Pennsylvania House Committee To End The Dirty Diesel Loophole [21]
  • 4 October 2013 PennFuture seeks to ensure clean water and restore migrating fish to local streams [22]
  • 13 February 2013 Obama must act on climate change [23]
  • 5 March 2012 PennFuture appoints George Jugovic, Jr. President and CEO, replacing Jan Jarrett [24]
  • 9 July 2010 PennFuture: Harrisburg's Lobbying Launderers [25]
  • 21 December 2011 PennFuture returns more than $138,000 to Pennsylvania because of contract violations [26]
  • 22 January 2009 PennFuture offers opportunity for citizen input on global warming plan - Ideas to be shared with Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Advisory Committee[27]
  • 19 August 2008 Jan Jarrett named PennFuture president and CEO as John Hanger becomes Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary[28]
  • 12 February 2008 PennFuture praises state House for moving Pennsylvania into national leadership with passage of energy savings bill[29]
  • 8 February 2008 PennFuture Lauds Court Decision Striking Down Federal Mercury Rule[30]
  • 18 June 2007 New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Energy Independence[31]
  • 22 May 2007 PennFuture, Environmental Integrity Project Launch Legal Action to Stop Massive Air Pollution from Bruce Mansfield Power Plant[32]
  • 1 February 2007 PennFuture Files Endangered Species Act Petition Against Bush Administration[33]

Legal Issues[edit]

  • 21 December 2011 PennLive:PennFuture returns more than $138,000 to Pennsylvania because of contract violations [26]


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  2. ^ Archived 2009-01-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Henney, Megan. "PennFuture picks Pittsburgh native as CEO". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Archived 2007-05-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
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  27. ^ Archived 2009-09-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Archived 2009-09-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  32. ^ Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  33. ^ Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.

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