Thurman Brendlinger, Clean Energy Champion
By Matt Chevalier
For 35 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Swarthmore a “Tree City USA.” Equal to that ongoing green achievement has been Swarthmore’s commitment to renewable energy. In 2013, it ranked fifth in the nation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Communities Challenge, with about 34% of its energy usage coming from renewable sources.
One of the people working behind the scenes to promote green energy in Swarthmore is Thurman Brendlinger, a resident of Princeton Avenue since 1990.
With a B.S. in biology from Allegheny College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, Brendlinger has worked for the Pennsylvania Clean Air Council (CAC) since 2001. Soon after joining the staff, he became heavily involved in the Pennsylvania Wind Campaign, an effort to promote wind energy in Pennsylvania.
“The Clean Air Council was involved in the pilot project as a nonprofit, promoting energy from wind farms to businesses in Philadelphia,” Brendlinger said. “We would do presentations at houses of worship and business associations, and table at different conventions and conferences.” Brendlinger’s primary focus was educating the public.