Press Release: Community Climate Action Planning Forums Kick-off Local Governance

Changing climate has caused and will continue to cause impacts to public health, infrastructure, emergency services, and major economic contributors like agriculture, tourism, and recreation. Beginning Oct. 20, a series of community forums regarding Climate Action Planning will be hosted through 2021 by community groups and agencies in the Cumberland Valley.

The forums will review what is already being done about changing climate, and how citizens, municipalities, and related organizations can get involved to expand and accelerate efforts. The first event, coordinated by Cumberland County Planning Department, will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 20 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and will include expert presentations and a question and answer session.

The purpose of these forums is to learn more about the role and importance of local government, climate action planning programs available in Pennsylvania such as the Local Climate Action Program through the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, and Cumberland County’s commitment to climate change mitigation. Two additional events are planned for December 2020 and February 2021.

All attendees must register for the virtual event here. Logon instructions for the webinar will be emailed prior to the event. Series information and registration will be available here.

The series is a partnership between the Cumberland Conservation Collaborative, the South
Mountain Partnership, Cumberland County Planning Department, the Center for Land Use and
Sustainability at Shippensburg University, and the Center for Sustainability at Dickinson College,
and Carlisle Borough. More information about the South Mountain Speakers Series is available here.

Media questions can be directed to Stephanie Williams, Cumberland County Planning, 717.240.5383,