The Story of PennFuture

Leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond.

PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. 


Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future was created in 1998 as a statewide environmental advocacy organization. Since our founding, we have achieved significant legal and policy victories that reduce pollution and protect the environment. We have provided millions of dollars in pro bono legal services while setting critical precedents and enforcing environmental laws across the commonwealth. 

Our team is working daily to protect public health, restore and protect natural resources, and move Pennsylvania toward a clean energy future. With offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Erie and Mt. Pocono, our team litigates cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state, and federal courts; advances legislative action on a state and federal level; provides public education; and assists citizens in public advocacy. 

PennFuture has a long track record of precedent-setting victories and sound public policy, and we are committed to serving citizens and communities across Pennsylvania. Through education, outreach, and coalition building, we maximize our impact and elevate your voice. 

Join us as we improve Pennsylvania for future generations. 

Our Strategic Plan

In March 2019, PennFuture's board of directors approved a new strategic plan that is guiding the organization through 2022. This document is the result of months of thoughtful planning, dialogue and introspection into PennFuture's values and goals for the next three years. The plan contains six strategic imperatives, as well as six strategic goals, that will serve as the roadmap for everything we do and try to accomplish within the next few years. 

From addressing the petrochemical buildout in Pennsylvania to continuing to advocate for clean water across the Commonwealth, this robust plan sets ambitious but attainable goals. The entire 24-page document can be found by clicking here.

In particular, PennFuture builds on its core mission by laying out its VISION for Pennsylvania. We envision a Pennsylvania in which all people enjoy:

  • A carbon neutral economy and a stable climate
  • Clean air, clean water, and the preservation of and access to green and wild places
  • Engaged communities reflecting a vibrant and responsive democracy

Further, PennFuture describes its unwavering belief that all Pennsylvanians have the rights described in our state constitution – namely:

"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come."

As we launch the organization into its third decade, we root our work, strategies, and tactics in the following CORE VALUES:

Vision: We believe that the solutions we need exist and that our work can show the way.
Strategy: We leverage our resources wisely to build power and maximize our impact.
Perseverance: We are undeterred by the scale of the challenges we face and recognize that tenacity and bold actions are needed in order to succeed.
Integrity: We are transparent, ethical, professional, and accountable in all we do.
Diversity: We value all people and strive to ensure that our organization reflects the communities we are supporting in ways that are inclusive, equitable, and just.
Collaboration: We, alone, cannot change Pennsylvania, but we can achieve our goals through collaboration with partners, supporters, and the public - collaboration built on respect, collegiality, and commitment to the common good.

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