DEP issues air quality alert for Ozone for Thursday, May 26

A(n) Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Thursday, May 26
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Thursday, May 26: 101 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
69 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Friday, May 27: 96 AQI Moderate Ozone
75 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

 

Here are some Air Quality Action Day tips you can follow to help reduce pollution:

Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Days when particle pollution levels are expected to be high:

* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

 

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.

* For more information on the health effects of PM 2.5 and ozone, visit the EPA Airnow website.

DEP issues Air Quality Alert for Ozone for May 25

An Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Wednesday, May 25
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Wednesday, May 25: 103 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
53 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Thursday, May 26: 99 AQI Moderate Ozone
64 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

*** Wednesday’s forecast: A full day of sunshine is in store for Wednesday, with the mercury soaring into the middle 80s. The sunshine and warm temperatures will act to produce ozone at a rate not seen so far in the 2016 season. Code ORANGE concentrations are a good bet for the afternoon hours. Fine particulate will drop some during the day with drier air and increasing mixing, but overall averages for this pollutant could wind up in the lower moderate range. Mostly clear and mild again Wednesday night with lows in the lower 60s.

Some Air Quality Action Day tips you can follow to help reduce pollution:

Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

For more information, go to:AIrNow.gov

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.)

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