Wed Jun 25, 2014

The OTOC Environmental Sustainability Team formed early this year upon learning that the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) planned to continue burning coal in North Omaha and retreat from the use of renewable energy sources (including wind and solar). They presented 4 key demands to the OPPD Board leading them to revise their plans to end coal burning in North Omaha by 2016 and maintain a minimum use of 32% of renewable sources.

Pictured below is the team of OTOC leaders that pushed the Board to revise its energy plan.  Articles below quote OTOC leader Laurie Gift and OTOC ally Rev. Eric Elnes.

OPPD Plans to Retire all North Omaha Station’s Coal-Fired Units; Other Plants in Midlands Adapt to Clean Air Rules DifferentlyOmaha World Herald [pdf]

Omaha Public Power District Begins to Map Plan for Powering Next 20 YearsWorld-Herald[pdf]

Fact Sheet on OPPD’s Revised PlanOTOC

Tue Apr 10, 2012

Thanks to the organizing of religious leaders in Howard County, the Maryland General Assembly passed a stormwater bill requiring the state's 15 largest municipalities (including Howard County) to create stormwater runoff fees.  This is a huge environmental victory as well as a potential dedicated funding source for the youth conservation corps that PATH creating with the county!  PATH worked closely with a coalition of environmental groups and the County Executive to help pass this bill in Annapolis, and turned out dozens and dozens of people to hearings, a rally, and small group meetings with legislators.  

Thu Aug 11, 2011

Representatives of 40 religious groups from the Washington Interfaith Network met with energy officials to secure a collective buying deal featuring lower utility rates and green energy. (Photo Credit: New York Times)

Tue Apr 5, 2011

The Interfaith Community Organization (now the Jersey City chapter of New Jersey Together) launched its campaign to rid Jersey City of toxic chromium wastes more than 20 years ago.  In the spring of 2011, it won another large-scale cleanup -- much like the landmark legal victory which forced Honeywell to carry out a $400 million cleanup.  PPG Industries will remove 600,000 tons of cancer-causing industrial wastes that it left behind  in a densely populated neighborhood when it closed its local manufacturing operation a half century ago.  PPG settled a lawsuit brought by ICO and our environmental ally, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

In the News

Jersey City Together, Toxic Waste, Bayfront Development

Jersey City Together Works to Prevent a Toxic Deal for Jersey City

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

On Monday, June 12, about 50 Jersey City Together leaders launched a campaign to ensure the Bayfront Development, a 100-acre site owned by Honeywell International & the City of Jersey City on the west side, serves the real needs of the city, particularly local jobs & affordable housing.

Public Transit, Metro, Capital Investments, Operations, ATU

Grassroots Activists Call for $1B in Annual Metro Funding & Have a Plan

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Washington Post

Several faith- and community-based organizations say Metro needs $1 billion a year in dedicated funding, and they’ve come up with a proposal that includes a mix of sales, gas and property taxes that leaders say will beef up service levels and preserve jobs while addressing the system’s long-term needs.

Scores of grass-roots activists with the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation packed a downtown church Sunday to rally support and present the plan — a medley of investment and savings proposals without the labor concessions sought by Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld and politicians...

Public Transportation, Bond Measure, GOTV

One LA Takes on Los Angeles Traffic and Wins with $120B Bond Election

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
One LA

Building on a four-year campaign, One LA leaders and their allies shaped, pushed for and passedMeasure M to raise $120 Billion for new rail lines, improved bus services, and street and highway projects which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and make finding and getting to a job easier for working poor families across LA County....

Oklahoma IAF, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Kris King, utilities commission

VOICE-OKC Gets AG to Drop Most Egregious Part of $1.1Billion Suit

Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Oklahoman

When Oklahoma Gas & Electric attempted to pass on the cost of updating a gas plant to consumers, rather than to the shareholders who benefited from a 50% increase in dividends while the utility delayed environmental compliance through lawsuits, leaders from VOICE-OKC urged... 

Austin Energy, Utilities, Austin Interfaith, Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas

Austin Interfaith Fights for Fair Utilities Debt Repayment Plan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Austin American Statesman

Austin Interfaith, with allies, is fighting for a non-punitive utility debt repayment plan that would allow the Austin Energy to reclaim money it, in many cases, did not bill for – but without hurting the families affected.

Community Organizing in Texas, Organizing in RGV, McAllen, Benzene, TCEQ, Environment

Valley Interfaith Investigates Benzene Plume Near Congregation

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Valley Interfaith

Valley Interfaith, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, is drawing a connection between stories of cancer-related deaths, three gas stations and a benzene plume moving through a neighborhood blocks from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in McAllen...

Community Organizing in Omaha, Community Organizing in Nebraska, Nebraska IAF, Energy, OPPD, Coal

OTOC & Allies End Coal Burning in North Omaha

Monday, June 9, 2014
Omaha World Herald

The OTOC Environmental Sustainability Team formed early this year upon learning that the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) planned to continue burning coal in North Omaha and retreat from the use of renewable energy sources (including wind and solar). They presented 4 key demands to the OPPD Board...

Groundwater Conservation, TBO, Sandra Fuentes, Ramon Duran, Texas IAF, Water

TBO Fights for Groundwater Conservation on Texas Border

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Del Rio News Herald

Sandra Fuentes, a co-chair of The Border Organization, told members of Val Verde County Commissioners Court, “The Border Organization has been working on the effort to form a groundwater conservation district for several years now, and for various reasons, this has not materialized. The Border Organization [will now] reorganize ...around this issue, to establish a groundwater district for Val Verde County.