Pittsburgh is known for innovation, which includes a past based in extractive industries like coal mining and steel manufacturing, considered cutting edge at the time. With climate change, it is clear that it is time to embrace new and emerging innovations, including clean energy technologies that are a smart investment in our shared future. And since gasoline and diesel transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., there is a tremendous opportunity for electric vehicles as a solution to the climate crisis. Sarah Olexsak, the senior manager of transportation electrification for Duquesne Light Company, the electric distribution company serving Southwest Pennsylvania, is part of charting a new path for Pittsburgh to electrify transportation. Sarah’s drive to be part of climate solutions are inspired by the generations before; her great grandfather worked in the coal mines, and her grandfather and father in the steel industry. Now Sarah’s career in electric vehicles continues her family’s value for innovation as Pittsburghers, this time, building toward a world that achieves drawdown.
—Tuesday, March 15, 2022