Ashleigh Deemer

Deputy Director, PennEnvironment

Started on staff: 2018
B.A., Chatham College
As the deputy director with PennEnvironment, Ashleigh oversees local, statewide and national campaigns to protect clean air and clean water in Pennsylvania. She brings 13 years of experience in community organizing and government to her work to win policy change and hold decision-makers, agencies and polluters accountable. Prior to joining PennEnvironment in 2018, Ashleigh served as a chief of staff in Pittsburgh City Council and organized clean air campaigns for Clean Water Action and the Clean Air Task Force. Ashleigh lives in south Pittsburgh with her husband and son, where she enjoys gardening, working on gender equity initiatives, and taking her son to the playground.

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PennEnvironment releases letter signed by more than 100 businesses and organizations supporting a plastic bag ban in Pittsburgh

PennEnvironment releases letter signed by more than 100 businesses and organizations supporting a plastic bag ban in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- PennEnvironment and 100 businesses, organizations and community leaders from every city council district in Pittsburgh have signed a letter released Wednesday urging local leaders to ban single-use plastic bags.

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Enviro groups ask court to find U.S. Steel liable for more than 12,000 Clean Air Act violations

Enviro groups ask court to find U.S. Steel liable for more than 12,000 Clean Air Act violations

PITTSBURGH – U.S. Steel violated the Clean Air Act more than 12,000 times at its three Pittsburgh-area plants, including Clairton Coke Works, the largest coke oven facility in North America, according to a motion filed in federal court Thursday by PennEnvironment and Clean Air Council. The violations, which the groups say are proven by U.S. Steel’s own statements and compliance reports, occurred when the company operated Mon Valley Works for more than three months in 2018 and 2019 while required pollution control equipment was out of commission.

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Bacteria pose risk at 100% of Erie beaches tested

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Bacteria pose risk at 100% of Erie beaches tested

Erie, PA – With Pennsylvanians returning to local beaches this summer, a new report warns that more work is needed to ensure that all waters are safe for swimming. In 2020, two Erie County beaches were potentially unsafe for swimming on at least 25% of the days they were tested, according to PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center’s annual analysis of bacteria testing, Safe for Swimming?.  The report comes as Congress considers investments in water infrastructure.

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Poll: Northeast Pennsylvania districts represented by Reps. Wild, Cartwright, rate climate provisions of infrastructure plan highly

Poll: Northeast Pennsylvania districts represented by Reps. Wild, Cartwright, rate climate provisions of infrastructure plan highly

PHILADELPHIA – A new poll released Wednesday revealed support for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal across the political spectrum in Pennsylvania’s 7th and 8th Congressional Districts. The districts, represented by Reps. Susan Wild and Matt Cartwright, respectively, encompass parts of Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Rep. Wild’s district includes Allentown, Bethlehem, and suburban and rural areas. Rep. Cartwright’s district includes Hazelton, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and other nearby jurisdictions. This survey, providing district-specific data on how voters view the American Jobs Plan (AJP), is sponsored by PennEnvironment, Earthjustice and Environment America.

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PennEnvironment announces local endorsements for Pennsylvania State Legislature and Congress

PennEnvironment announces local endorsements for Pennsylvania State Legislature and Congress

PHILADELPHIA -- As Pennsylvania voters eagerly await their vote-by-mail ballots, PennEnvironment announced its endorsements of state and federal level environmental champions for Election Day 2020. This list spotlights the candidates with the best environmental records and plans who are running for the state House,  state Senate,  Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and Congress.

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