Author Archives: Larry Schweiger

About Larry Schweiger

Larry Schweiger is the Past President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens for PennFuture. Previously, he was President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and earlier the CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Larry also served as the Executive Secretary of the Joint (House and Senate) Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and 1st Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He returned to the National Wildlife Federation in March 2004 with a commitment to confront the climate crisis. He is passionate about protecting nature for our children's future. Larry continues the climate work as the battle moves to the states. Previously, Larry served for eight years as President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, where he pioneered watershed restoration and promoted ecological research, land conservation, community outreach and Fallingwater restoration. In the past, Larry was the Executive Secretary of the Joint House/Senate Conservation Committee for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs at National Wildlife Federation, and 1st Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Larry wrote a book warning about climate change impacts on nature entitled: "Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth" that won 1st Prize for the best non-fiction at the 2011 Indie Book Awards. Larry started volunteering at age 14 and is an active community leader, having served on more than 40 governing boards, commissions and committees. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Climate Reality; the John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; and National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. In 2012, He was honored by the Blue-Green Alliance for the Federation's leadership on the auto rules and was selected as Pennsylvania’s Environmental Professional of the Year in 2002, Pittsburgh of the Year in 2000, and he received a Conservation Service Award from the Christian Environmental Association in September 1995. Larry is married and is blessed with three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandsons.

As Fires and Floods Rage Two Worlds are Colliding

Global realities are profoundly disrupting old norms. There are now two distinct worlds. One is the natural world with its assemblage of plants, animals, soils, minerals air and waters, and the other is the built-world with all the corporate structures, … Continue reading

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Bringing Back Gas Guzzlers? Certainly Not Making America Great Again

In 2012, I was honored by the BlueGreen Alliance for my role in establishing the Obama auto fuel efficiency standards. I was the only environmental leader to stand with the then CEO of GM to support the bailout in the spirit of … Continue reading

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Replacing the Guardrails

  By Larry Schweiger Note: With so many unfathomable, discordant, and unsettling things emanating from the Trump administration, It is important that the numerous environmental threats and terrible actions summarized herein not get lost in the cacophony. We are losing … Continue reading

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Save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: America’s Serengeti

There is another really big reason to oppose the tax break for the corporations and super-rich. The GOP is buying the vote of Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) by forcing the leases for drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge NWR and because … Continue reading

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A Tribute To Calvin B. DeWitt, PhD

I am so pleased that the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies is honoring Calvin DeWitt for his twenty-five years of extraordinary leadership, rich insights, and a spirit of servant-leadership. I thank Fred Van Dyke and the Board for this much-deserved … Continue reading

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A Grandfather’s Lament

A Grandfather’s Lament By: Larry J. Schweiger      Standing on a heavily polluted Lake Erie Beach watching what was to be the end of the famed blue pike, I made a childhood promise to God that if given the opportunities, … Continue reading

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“A Climate of Conversation: Perspectives on Climate Change and Clean Energy”

by: Larry Schweiger I recently attended the “Energy Evolution: 2017 Pittsburgh Energy Forum Series” held at the Heinz History Center. This panel discussion was sponsored and presented by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Peoples Gas Company. I have been impressed by … Continue reading

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