Environmental Justice and Infrastructure

Our city is at a tipping point – facing the overlapping crises of global warming, public disinvestment, and economic inequality. As State Representative, I have brought back $5.5 million to the Queen Lane Water Treatment Facility to protect our clean drinking water, because I know that our infrastructure is ill-prepared for the effects of our climate crisis, as we saw recently with Hurricane Ida and other severe storms affecting Manayunk’s Main Street, Ridge Avenue in East Falls, and beyond. The future of our environment affects all of us – and no one more so than our working-class and marginalized communities.

Global warming and environmental racism are real health crises. Too many of our children face the health effects of breathing in toxic air. This is one of the reasons I got involved in the fight against the liquified gas plant (LNG) in Northwest Philadelphia back in 2019.

Our district also contains the Wissahickon Valley Park, which is not just a beautiful treasure, but a source of one-third of Philadelphians’ drinking water. As State Representative, I’m proud to have brought nearly $1 million of state funding back to support the Wissahickon.

I will:

  • Support the implementation of a statewide Green New Deal that centers union jobs and a Civilian Climate Corps to transform our society to renewable energy and beyond. These union jobs can focus on fixing our broken streets, bridges, roads, and buildings – all while making them more climate-resilient for the future.
  • Fight actively against environmental racism and environmental projects that disproportionately harm Black, brown, and working-class communities. I will continue to fight against the placement of toxic gas plants in our neighborhoods. 
  • Demand every toxic site in Philadelphia caused by the fossil fuel industry be cleaned up and fight for increased funding for community green spaces and urban farming.
  • Never accept financial contributions from oil and gas corporate PACs.
  • Support sustainable funding and increased investments in transit, including making our public transit fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Call for a ban on increased fracking in Pennsylvania and work to increase regulations and limit Pennsylvania’s fracking industry.