Three PA Senators to Co-Sponsor Legislation Encouraging Solar for PA Schools

Posted Mar 28, 2024, by Lisa DePaoli

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Media Contact: Lisa DePaoli, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org, 412-229-7116 

Three PA Senators to Co-Sponsor Legislation Encouraging Solar for PA Schools

Washington, PA – Pennsylvania Senators Bartolotta, Comitta, and Hughes plan to introduce legislation to encourage the use of solar at Pennsylvania schools. The Solar for Schools Grant Program for public schools and universities will reduce energy costs and save schools hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, a much needed boon for schools whose funding has otherwise been considerably reduced. 

The Center for Coalfield Justice’s Executive Director, Sarah Martik, issues the following statement in reaction to this news: 

“We want to congratulate these senators, particularly Senator Bartolotta who represents Washington and Greene Counties, for coming together in a bipartisan way to encourage what’s best for our communities. The needs of our schools and the people they serve should always transcend politics, and it is encouraging to see that when common sense is right in front of us, our elected officials can work together to deliver for those they represent.

If passed, this legislation will be a win for public education, our economy, and our climate.  We hope that other Pennsylvania legislators will step up to support this program that will benefit our environment, create good jobs, and reduce costs for Pennsylvania taxpayers.”



  • Lisa DePaoli

    Lisa (Coffield) DePaoli joined the CCJ staff in 2018 and is now our Communications Director. She grew up in rural Washington County, has family in both Washington and Greene Counties, and has always loved animals and spending time outdoors. A first-generation and nontraditional college student, her deep interest in human beings and ecology led her to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. She has worked on research projects and taught at the university level in the U.S. and in field schools in Latin America. The knowledge and experience she gained increased her concern for environmental and social justice issues, which she believes are best addressed at the local level, or from the "bottom up," including the voices of those who are most impacted. Lisa works to understand issues from the local to the global, seeks to make a positive difference, and loves to talk to people about what interests or concerns them. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, furkids, and friends, and walking in the woods with her dogs. Contact Lisa at lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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