Cross-Country, Electric Vehicle Road Trip Rolls Into Pittsburgh

Tour to Award $10,000 to Local Climate Innovators in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA – On September 24, the “New American Road Trip” will make its way into Pittsburgh joined by Mayor William Peduto as well as leadership from the Duquesne Light Company. Pittsburgh will be the fifth major stop, following events in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boulder and St. Louis.

“The New American Road Trip” – an electric-vehicle tour across America, announced today, will journey from California to New York over 10 days in September to highlight the stories of the people, cities and emerging technologies that are fulfilling America’s Pledge on climate change, creating jobs and economic prosperity while reducing climate pollution and ensuring our country’s clean energy future.

The tour will arrive in Pittsburgh at approximately 5 PM, just in time for a welcome ceremony. As part of the event, “The New American Road Trip” will award $10,000 to local innovators who are addressing climate change in the Pittsburgh community. This event is free and open to public. Sign up here.

The tour begins on September 14 at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, where summit co-chairs California Governor Jerry Brown, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael R. Bloomberg, Mahindra Group CEO Anand Mahindra, UN Secretary-General’s Youth Special Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake and UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa will present a call to action signed by city and state officials, and business leaders declaring their commitment to climate action and encouraging more ambitious steps from national and international leaders. The tour will conclude in New York during the UN General Assembly on September 26th, where the document will be delivered to the One Planet Summit, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

“Climate change is one of the defining issues of our generation, and Pittsburgh is stepping up to fight back,” said Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. “‘The New American Road Trip’ is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on communities like ours that are driving America’s clean energy future. From our innovative business leaders to our hard-working people, Pittsburgh is on the cutting edge of the green energy economy with a firm hand on the present and an eye to the future.”

Along the 2,906-mile journey, “The New American Road Trip” will hold marquee public events in Las Vegas, Boulder, St. Louis and Pittsburgh, and award a total of $40,000 to local innovators who are addressing climate change in their communities. Comedians, celebrities, mayors, governors, and many others will hitch a ride and offer a glimpse into how local leaders across the United States are making substantial progress to achieve the climate goals under the Paris Agreement, despite inaction from the federal government. Celebrities and comedians participating in the road trip include actor, singer and activist Aidan Gallagher; actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Oscar Nunez; actress and Grammy-nominated singer Antonique Smith; and comedian Jo Firestone.

The tour will also shine a spotlight on women’s leadership and their impact on climate solutions. It will show why clean energy is not only the right thing to do, but also an economic stimulator for communities big and small.

This tour and our local innovator awards were made possible through a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Hewlett Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The IKEA Foundation and ClimateWorks Foundation which all came together to help show the world Americans are ‘still in’ when it comes to stopping climate change.

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2018

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