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

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.

How Do We Improve Our Air Quality?

Join us for the next Clean Air Board community meeting.  We will hold a public forum on:  How Do We Improve Our Air Quality? We will engage in the discussion started by the Carlisle Sentinel about what measures can be taken to improve our air quality.   Bring your ideas and suggestions.

The Clean Air Board meets on May 2,  7 pm  at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013  For directions:  http://mapq.st/YfkRSe

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, March 7, 2013, 7 pm

“Looking Forward to Clean Air”

CAB will look at new developments under the federal Clean Air Act and under state regulations.  Arleen Shulman, former air resources planning chief at the state Department of Environmental Protection will speak to the board.

This meeting will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on March 7,  at 7 pm.   Join us for a discussion of this important topic.

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Sept. 1, 2011, 7 pm

“Is IdleAir Making a Comeback in Central Pennsylvania?”

Cynthia Perthuis will provide an update about efforts to restore IdleAir service to central Pennsylvania.  IdleAir allows truck drivers to turn off their diesel engines and still enjoy heating, cooling, standard electric inside and outside the cab.

The presentation will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on Sept. 1, at 7 pm.   Join us for a discussion of this important topic and other air quality issues.

Read the article in the Carlisle Sentinel:  http://www.cumberlink.com/news/local/article_4155fee2-d511-11e0-93e9-001cc4c002e0.html?mode=story

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, June 2, 2011, 7 pm

“Reducing Diesel Particulate Emissions from Construction Projects”

CAB will look at successful projects which reduced particulate emissions from diesel engines at construction sites.

The presentation will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on June 2, at 7 pm.   Join us for a discussion of this important topic.

Mercury pollution concern grows in Pennsylvania

Op-Ed by Tami Davis Biddle

Pennsylvanians face a continuing risk from mercury pollution. The Keystone and Conemaugh coal- fired power plants, both in Pennsylvania, are the second- and fourth-highest mercury emitters in the nation. In addition, Pennsylvanians feel the effects of other mercury polluters in neighboring states, including Ohio and West Virginia.

More than one-third of all the mercury pollution from power plants in the U.S. comes from plants in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. All this puts our state residents at risk of exposure to mercury, a substance that the American Medical Association has called “a global pollutant, a major contaminant in the marine food supply, a serious neurotoxin, particularly in the developing fetus and possibly a promoter of cardiovascular disease.”

Read more at PennLive.com: http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2011/03/mercury_pollution_concern_grow.html