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

Two Children, One Rich, One Poor, Gasping for Air in Delhi’s Smog

Bhanwari and her husband live in a one-room Delhi apartment with their 18-month-old daughter, Vaishnavi. Credit Poras Chaudhary for The New York Times

NEW DELHI — In the dense smog that engulfed India’s capital early this month, a baby named Vaishnavi gasped through the night.

Inside the concrete room that her father and mother rent for $20 a month, they took turns staying up, laying a hand on her rib cage, feeling it move up and down. Her coughing fits became so violent that she vomited, milk mixed with ropes of sputum. Three times they thought she would not survive until morning.

Twenty miles away, inside an elegant, high-ceilinged house in an elite neighborhood, a 4-year-old boy named Mehtab was also struggling to fill his lungs with air.

Read more,  http://nyti.ms/2f6tRHz

 

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Feb. 7, 7 pm

Come hear about & discuss–

-How EPA’s new particle standards will affect the Cumberland Valley

 -New Clean Construction credits

 -Updates on Black Carbon and climate change

Please join us at the next community meeting of the Clean Air Board on Thursday, February 7,  at 7 p.m., at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, in Carlisle.

CAB Featured in “Journey Woman’s” 50 in 52 Project

Dafna Michaelson and the 50 in 52 Journey

Excerpt: “Moving to Carlisle we find Thomas Benjey and Carolyn Kenworthy of the Clean Air Board (CAB). Most people see trucks on the highway and don’t give them another thought. But when you live in a town where trucks seem to flock to for various reasons and you learn about he pollution those trucks are putting out, especially when idling at truck stops, it becomes more than just doing something about a green planet. With donated funds the Clean Air Board has been helping to raise awareness about the issues of truck pollution in Pennsylvania for some time. Watch this video and see how people really can make a big impact in their communities and their state.”

About 50 in 52, from The Sentinel News:

Dafna Michaelson’s “50 in 52 Journey” project to highlight problem-solvers in America’s communities should wrap up the last week of December in her home state of Colorado.

Her Web site, www.50in52journey.com, currently has 230 videos up.

President Obama follows Pennsylvania’s lead

Letter from David Masur, PennEnvironment Director

Four years ago, PennEnvironment activists helped convince state officials to set tougher emissions standards for cars and trucks in Pennsylvania, securing a historic victory for Pennsylvania’s environment and public health.

Last week, the White House followed our lead. On April 1, the Obama administration announced landmark auto emission standards based on the state-level standards in Pennsylvania and 13 other states.

PennEnvironment applauded these standards, as did the New York Times. [1] The new standards will save Pennsylvania roughly 400 million gallons of gasoline by 2016 as compared to previous federal regulations, while cutting global warming pollution and providing a net economic savings to consumers.

But last week’s federal victory for clean cars couldn’t have happened without the leadership of states like Pennsylvania — a point our energy and clean air advocate, Nathan Willcox, made in an opinion piece in the Harrisburg Patriot-News. And the Pennsylvania victory would not have been possible without the support of activists like you. Now we all get to reap the rewards: less pollution, decreased dependence on oil, and savings at the pump!

So pat yourself on the back and join me in savoring this victory. And as always, thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

David Masur
PennEnvironment Director
http://www.pennenvironment.org

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