Preserving Cumberland County’s Rural Landscape and Natural Resources

The Cumberland Conservation Collaborative (CCC) will host its first community forum at the Penn Township Volunteer Fire Department’s Social Hall from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 11. The forum, entitled “Preserving Cumberland County’s Rural Landscape & Natural Resources,”

The forum will be divided into two segments. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., attendees can enjoy light refreshments while looking over displays set up by the CCC’s member organizations.  The Clean Air Board, the Yellow Breeches Watershed Association, the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club and other organizations will have table displays that explain who they are and what they do. If attendees are interested in learning more or volunteering, each table will also have a sign-up sheet. A panel discussion, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will feature four panelists whose combined experience covers government, nonprofit and business interest in conservation and environmental issues. It will include the following panelists:

  • Troy Truax, an engineer with Michael Baker International Inc., is the planning officials development officer for the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania chapter, as well as chairman of South Middleton’s planning commission.
  • Bill Chain is the former vice president of the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, a former agricultural educator with Future Farmers of America and the senior agriculture program manager for The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA.
  • Andy Williford is the vice president of human resources for Volvo Construction Equipment Operations Americas. Mr. Williford has a degree in public management as well as certificates in human resources.
  • Jonathan Pinkerton is vice president of Susquehanna Heritage, which seeks to preserve and promote the history and well being of the Susquehanna River. Pinkerton is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

The forum will be moderated by Shippensburg geography professor Dr. George Pomeroy. The form will be held at Penn Township Fire Hall is located at 1750 Pine Road, Newville PA 17241

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Elizabeth Kolbert at Dickinson College Sept 20

Please join the Dickinson College community to attend a public lecture by Elizabeth Kolbert on the Sixth Extinction on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 pm in Dickinson’s Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium. Ms. Kolbert is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the 2016 recipient of the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism.

The auditorium is located at 360 W. Louther Street, Carlisle, PA.

 

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.

 

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.)

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.)

Is our local air quality getting better or worse?

American Lung Association’s 2015 “State of the Air” report suggests that local air quality has not improved. Southcentral Pennsylvania has dropped to 12th worst among metropolitan areas for particle pollution.

What does the data show? Come to our community meeting as we discuss the data behind the report.  Is our air cleaner or dirtier?

The Clean Air Board will be meeting on May 7 at 7 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle PA