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Green Awards 2013: R.S. Greely


Green Bio

With a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a minor in nuclear engineering, Greeley formed the Greeley-Polhemus Group back in 1982, then retired in 1993. He later formed the now-defunct Aqua Green Electric Energy in St. Davids, which provided engineering and consulting services for alternative-energy systems.

Green Innovations

In 1975, Greeley wrote the first federal report on “Energy Use and Climate” for the National Science Foundation, warning of the potential for serious global warming in the 21st century if the world didn’t curtail the use of fossil fuels. He also provided the basic information needed for the EPA’s cleanup of the Henderson Road Superfund Site to protect the Upper Merion Reservoir.

Bragging Rights

Greeley is currently designing a small hydroelectric plant at a dam on Ridley Creek in Willistown Township.

Fun Fact

Solar energy, wind power and other alternative-energy systems aren’t as fringe as you might think. “There’s certainly a growing interest for private homes and businesses, as well as large commercial ventures,” Greeley says.

Green Dream

To have the U.S. Congress “promptly wake up to global warming and pass significant legislation to curb our use of fossil fuels.”


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