Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who is facing federal corruption charges, failed to show up Thursday morning to deliver remarks at a sustainable energy conference at DeSales University in Upper Saucon Township.
“We just got a call from his office; he’s not going to make it for a 10 o’clock speaking slot, said he had other things that came up today,” said a disappointed John Costlow, president and CEO of the Sustainable Energy Fund, which organized the “Energypath 2017” conference.
What came up was a first appearance in federal court in Philadelphia for Pawlowski, who was charged Tuesday with 54 criminal counts alleging he engineered a City Hall pay-for-play scheme.
He was set to speak on the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which Pawlowski along with more than 300 other U.S. mayors signed as a promise to uphold the commitments of the Paris Agreement.
Last month, Pawlowski joined other local political and community leaders by signing a “We Are Still In” pledge to uphold the landmark climate accord that President Donald Trump has said the U.S. may withdraw from
The pre-speech advisory on Pawlowski also touched on his accomplishments to make Allentown more energy efficient. For example, the city under Pawlowski has replaced all lighting control devices in City Hall and public safety buildings with vacancy sensors and fixtures that reduce energy consumption.
Energypath is a meeting of industry professionals, policymakers and academics throughout the country. About 250 people are expected to attend a luncheon panel discussion on the future of nuclear power in Pennsylvania.
Before Thursday’s conference, organizers also held a pre-conference “Energy Camp” over several days at DeSales.