• Please join us for the CAB Community Meeting, usually held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00PM. Please check Posts for speaker information, time, and location.

    Community meetings are generally held at Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA

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Protecting Our Children from Environmental Hazards, April 5

Claire Hawks

Illustration by Claire Hawks
Artworks! Art Teacher at Carlisle Arts Learning Center Talia Amorosano

What is in the air we breathe and are in the household products we use every day?

Two local doctors will discuss the vulnerability of children and the elderly to environmental toxins and how we can protect them and ourselves

Katarzyna Ferraro, MD, double board certified in emergency medicine and integrative medicine, treats complex medical problems in children and adults, including childhood developmental delays and autism.

Craig Jurgensen, MD is a retired neurologist with 30+ years of experience working with complex neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s dementia and Parkinson’s; he has a special interest in air pollution on neurological function and health.

Thursday, April 5 at 7 pm

Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle

Childcare will be provided

Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change

Professor Michael Vandenbergh of Vanderbilt Law School will be speaking at Widener University Commonwealth Law School on Friday, Feb. 9, at noon (bring along your lunch), in Room A180 of the Administration Building3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, Pa., about a topic that could help reduce current political partisanship on climate change.  He will explain how private companies, on their own, can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a billion tons per year over the next decade.  
The talk is based on a new book, Michael P. Vandenbergh & Jonathan M. Gilligan, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2017).
He will explain that private sector action provides one of the most promising opportunities to reduce the risks of climate change, buying time while governments move slowly or oppose climate mitigation. Starting with the insight that much of the resistance to climate mitigation is grounded in concern about the role of government, the talk will draw on law, policy, social science and climate science to demonstrate how private initiatives are already bypassing government inaction in the United States and around the globe. 
The talk will combine an examination of the growth of private climate initiatives over the last decade, a theory of why private actors are motivated to reduce emissions, and a review of viable next steps.
This is an important talk about an important topic.  The program is free and open to all the Widener community and to the public. In addition, one free CLE (substantive) credit is available. Registration is not necessary.
A campus map, showing the administration building, is available here:  https://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/current-students/resources-for-current-students/campus-map/

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

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.