Category Archives: CCEA

Common Environmental Agenda for Chester County, 2022

Download the full 26-page pdf HERE.

CCEA’s Common Environmental Agenda is a comprehensive series of recommendations made to the Chester County Commissioners by some of the member groups of CCEA plus other organizations. Thanks to all who participated in creating it and in advance to the Commissioners for their careful attention to it!

From the Introduction:

As time passes, it is increasingly clear that our environment needs to become a higher priority for us all. We deserve — as written into the Pennsylvania Constitution (Article 1, section 27) — clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and protected natural spaces. All of these rights, unfortunately, are threatened by many circumstances….

Man-made climate change has gone from a distant threat to a present danger; it is time for us all, as a Countywide community, to do our part to usher in new ways of sustainable living and long-term decision-making….

Brandywine in flood, Pocopson, 2021

We commend the Chester County Commissioners and the Environmental and Energy Advisory Board for finalizing the County’s first Climate Action Plan in 2021, giving our County a road map of how to mitigate our own impacts on climate change and improve the resiliency of our communities.

As groups that focus on environment and sustainability, we are conscious also of working within a society that prioritizes human needs such as housing, health care, education, and family-supporting jobs… Our solutions moving forward must be creative, just, and intersectional. This Common Environment Agenda is just the beginning.

Geothermal plant, West Chester University

The undersigned groups have come together to present achievable solutions to the Chester County Board of Commissioners, divided into eight issue areas, with a specific list of recommendations for each topic. Many of these solutions and programs are already being discussed or acted upon in many parts of Chester County….

We believe that the county is the best governmental entity to lead in environmental progress because it is of manageable size and united purpose, its municipalities need coordinated guidance and assistance, and we cannot always count on the state and federal governments to implement far-sighted policies. Therefore, we look forward to working with the Commissioners and the Chester County Environment and Energy Advisory Board as well as the County’s various departments to implement the following solutions.

Backyard compost pile


Open Space & Development
Clean Energy
Public Health & Toxins
Consumption & Waste

CCEA delegates strategize

On Sept. 14, delegates of the Chester County Environment Alliance met productively for 2.5 hours.

Please Like the CCEA public Facebook page to stay up to date on local meetings, other groups you might find of interest, and upcoming events like the Clean Energy Open House Tour on October 19.

The Chester County Environment Alliance brings the representatives of its groups together three times a year to discuss the issues affecting our environment, help each other amplify our messages, coordinate events and campaigns, and use our resources jointly to help our shared mission to preserve and protect our environment and encourage sustainable choices in everyday life.

Please spread the word about this growing initiative as we work together with our friends and neighbors to preserve our environment on so many worthy fronts.

More on Sept. 8: photos, press release

Please see photos of the Chester County event on google drive (accessible to all) here, set up by Jess Cadorette of Penn Environment, but all are welcome to contribute photos. Samples (by Vince Moro):

Also, press release below:





For Immediate Release: September 10, 2018
For More Information: Jess Cadorette, 610-717-6680,

Chesco Citizens rallied with thousands across the country for national Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice movement

West Chester, PA – In solidarity with a national movement, 175 activists marched in West Chester on Saturday to call for bold climate action. Despite the climate’s clear warning signs, our federal administration continues to roll back critical environmental protections and even denies the existing climate crisis. From the raging heat waves and the burning wildfires, to the extreme downpours — it is an inescapable fact that our climate is changing before our eyes.

In response, the People’s Climate Movement organized a national day of action: the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. West Chester hosted one of the more than 250 events that occurred on Saturday as citizens across the U.S. rallied in solidarity to demand bold climate action. Over 100 community members gathered outside of the courthouse to hear from an engaging lineup of speakers that addressed a broad spectrum of environmental and climate issues.

Local activist Silvia Martínez Uribe spoke about injustices both here and abroad and how we need to hold industry accountable when they aren’t caring for their employees or the environment they reside one. George Alexander, local member of Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety, spoke to one of the most important local issues — the Mariner East II Pipeline. He noted the environmental tragedies that will continue to occur if this pipeline is permitted to be completed and used: increased fracking for natural gas in western PA, increased air pollution where the fracked gas will be processed and exported, and increased pollution in general as the pipeline’s end purpose is for materials to make more plastic.

US Army veteran, Sgt Gerald Brown noted how he’s always fought for his family, but his fight has changed: “I fought in Vietnam for the Red, White, and Blue. Now I fight at home to save the country from itself. Air pollution is affecting my family’s health and I work on educating people as well as getting them to help work toward eliminating burning fossils fuels. We can make a difference if people work together.”

Elizabeth and Vince Moro from Neighbors for Crebilly spoke about how they’re working together with their community to fight for the protection of local beautiful land from unnecessary development.

Reverend Kyle J. Boyer inspiringly spoke about the incredible need for more care, compassion, and proper stewardship of our natural environment before it’s too late.

Great Valley High School senior Saira Salyani had a powerful message for all: “It’s more than voting; it’s making your voice heard. Democracies don’t work until all citizens participate.” Salyani, who won’t be old enough to vote in this year’s election, had a message specifically aimed for young listeners: “Our age isn’t relevant. Consider the ways we can trade apathy and take action.If you’re a student, by the time you graduate, you’ll be living in a world shaped by the policies of right now. That means we all have a responsibility to our generation and the next…we’re going to use the power we have as citizens in order to make a difference.”

Keynote speaker Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper and the leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, highlighted the need for a new constitutional amendment for our nation just like Pennsylvania’s green amendment.

“On Saturday, we gathered together to rise up in the face of climate and environmental injustice here and everywhere,” said van Rossum. “I was honored to talk about our unique and vital constitutional provisions protecting our right to clean air, pure water, and a healthy environment, and how Pennsylvania should serve as an inspiration to people across the nation and the world to fight for their environmental rights. The time has come to embrace our constitutional right to a healthy environment and demand a just future for all.”

After listening to the powerful speakers, the revved-up crowd carried signs, banners, and posters as they cheered and chanted their way through the streets. Led by former West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley, the rally marched its way to Everhart Park to convene and take action.
Local groups, including many of those making up the Chester County Environmental Alliance, provided ways to get involved, kids’ activities, and refreshments as attendees gathered after their afternoon of activism.

“Real change in America begins at the local level. It always has. We cannot wait for others to act on climate policy,” said West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin. “Across the country, people and communities are mobilized for bold action on climate because we recognize that this is in all of our best interests. It’s about growing sustainable jobs, stabilizing the climate catastrophes impacting people, communities, and agriculture across the country and the world, and creating a hopeful future for our children.”

The event would not have been possible without the help of the newly-formed Chester County Environmental Alliance — an alliance of almost 20 different environmentally-focused groups working in the Chester County area to preserve and protect our natural world. Learn more about the CCEA (and how to join) at

All of the speakers, chants, and voices of the day focused on one thing: the need for communities to join together and call for bold climate action so we can move towards a safe and healthy environment for all.

The afternoon was organized thanks to the following co-sponsors: Citizens Climate Lobby – Chester County group, Del-Chesco United for Community Safety, Don’t Spray Me!, East Goshen Safety and Environmental Advocates (EGSEA), Faith Alliance for Pipeline Safety, Neighbors for Crebilly, NextGen America, PennEnvironment, Ready for 100 Chester County, Sierra Club of Chester County, Sierra Club Youth Corps, Uwchlan Safety Coalition, West Chester Co-operative.