Lessons learned about Quality of Life

IMG_0600What are the indicators of quality of life and what actions improve a community’s quality of life? 

The Clean Air Board will discuss these issues at its community meeting on May 5, 2016, 7 pm at Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle.

Join us a we discuss the lessons learned at a conference “Reconciling Quality of Life and Development”  held at the Widener University Commonwealth Law School on April 26.  We will recap important points made by the presenters and solicit ideas for implementing their recommendations.

 

Quality of Life and Development

RECONCILING QUALITY OF LIFE AND DEVELOPMENT, April 26, 2016

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A growing number of municipalities are looking for ways to reconcile local quality of life consistent with new development, including redevelopment.  In this program, panel speakers will describe the best practices that municipalities are employing, what legal authority they are using to do so, and what processes municipalities that seek to follow this approach can use to enhance participation.  The target audience is elected officials, solicitors, developers, planners, and interested citizens.

WHEN: April 26, 2016, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

WHERE:  Widener University Commonwealth Law School, 3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110

COST:  $20 registration fee.

The program is cosponsored by Widener University Environmental Law and Sustainability Center and the Clean Air Board.

Register at Widener Law Events page  You can pay the registration fee on-line or by check at the conference.

Clean Air Board meeting, April 7, 7pm

The ABCs of Air Pollution and Your Health

The next Clean Air Board community meeting will cover the basics about air pollution and your health.  The air you breathe can affect your respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems.  CAB members will explain what air contaminants are of concern, how we measure them,  when air quality alerts are issued,  and what actions you can take to reduce exposure to air pollution. Bring your questions and concerns. Bring a friend.

We will be meeting at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA  17013  on April 7, at 7 pm.

Dr. Neil Leary at the US Army Heritage and Education Center, Feb. 12

The Paris Climate Agreement – A New Approach for International Collaboration on Climate Change
Speaker: Dr. Neil Leary, Director of the Center for Sustainability Education, Dickinson College
Date & Time:  Friday, February 12, 2016, 1:003:00 pm.
Location: United States Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle
 
One hundred and ninety-five nations agreed a new treaty in Paris on December 12, 2015 that takes a fundamentally different approach from past agreements for motivating international collaboration on climate change. The new approach is built upon voluntary national commitments, commitments that are not binding in international law, and relies on a transparent reporting and review process to promote compliance. Dr. Neil Leary, Director of Dickinson College’s Center for Sustainability Education, will compare the Paris Agreement with previous climate agreements and consider whether it lays a foundation that is up to the enormous challenge of limiting climate change. Dr. Leary will also discuss the evidence for human caused climate change, its human and environmental consequences, the need for international and transnational cooperation, and US options and strategies. 
 
This presentation is part of the Great Decisions discussion series sponsored by the United States Army War College. It is free and open to all military and the civilian community.

The Paris Climate Accord, Feb. 4, 7pm at Dickinson College

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From Paris to Carlisle –  talk to people who were there

As a special CAB community meeting, local experts will discuss their observations of the Paris Climate Accord. Come hear how we can meet the promises of the Paris agreement, and what actions are needed to keep our world healthy.

WHO: Panel discussion with Neil Leary, Mike Heiman, Don Brown, and John Dernbach.

WHEN: February 4 at 7 pm. Dickinson College, Althouse Hall, Room 106, 45 N. College St., Carlisle

Sponsored by the Clean Air Board and Dickinson College Center for Sustainability Education

(There will be no CAB meeting at the Second Presbyterian Church on that night, Feb. 4.)

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Jan 31

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for January 31, 2016 for Eight Counties in South-central PA

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange air quality action day for particle pollution on Sunday, January 31, 2016 for Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, and York Counties.

On air quality action days, young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standardized air quality index uses colors to report daily air quality. Green signifies good; yellow means moderate; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all.

Over the weekend, with a ridge of high pressure building in the south-central region of Pennsylvania from the southeastern US, warmer air will begin to build in over the commonwealth. On Sunday, the clear skies during the early morning hours coupled with the thick snowpack across eastern PA will allow for the formation of a strong surface inversion. The inversion will help to limit mixing near the ground, forcing an increase in particle pollution concentrations. Particle levels are expected to remain elevated during the afternoon as the winds remain light as they turn more out of the southeast. Overall, the daily average concentration of particle pollution should peak in the Code ORANGE range.

To help keep the air healthy, residents and business are encouraged to voluntarily restrict certain pollution-producing activities by:

• Limiting the use of wood stoves in the overnight hours;
• Setting thermostats to a lower temperature
• Carpooling or using public transportation; and
• Combining errands to reduce trips.

These forecasts are provided in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley-Berks Air Quality Partnership and the Susquehanna Valley Air Quality Partnership.

For more information, click here or visit www.dep.pa.gov.

The Paris Climate Accord, Feb. 4, 7pm at Dickinson

 ClimateChangePoster

From Paris to Carlisle –  talk to people who were there

As a special CAB community meeting, local experts will discuss their observation of the Paris Climate Accord. Come hear how we can meet the promises of the Paris agreement, and what actions are needed to keep our world healthy.

WHO: Panel discussion with Neil Leary, Mike Heiman, Don Brown, and John Dernbach.

WHEN: February 4 at 7 pm. Dickinson College, Althouse Hall, Room 106, 45 N. College St., Carlisle

Sponsored by the Clean Air Board and Dickinson College Center for Sustainability Education

(There will be no CAB meeting at the Second Presbyterian Church on that night, Feb. 4.)

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