Press Release: Local Schools Featured in Final Climate Action Series Event

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.  On February 2nd, the final event in a series of community forums regarding Climate Action Planning will be held by community groups and agencies in the Cumberland Valley.

The forum series is covering what is already being done about changing climate, and how citizens, municipalities, schools, and related organizations should get involved to expand and accelerate efforts. This event covers how K-12 schools, colleges and universities are demonstrating effective actions for reducing emissions of climate changing pollutants, educating their students about climate risks and solutions, and working with community partners to help make our communities climate resilient and low-carbon. Join us to learn what the Carlisle Area School District, Shippensburg University and Dickinson College are doing to lessen climate risks.

The final event, coordinated by the Center for Sustainability Education at Dickinson College and the Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University, will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 2nd from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Speakers include Tom Horton, Carlisle Area School District; Claire Jantz, Center for Lands Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University; Neil Leary, Center for Sustainability Education at Dickinson College; Samantha Moyer, Carlisle Area School District (panelist); Sean Cornell, Shippensburg University (panelist). The event will include a panel discussion.

The purpose of these forums is to learn more about the role and importance of educational institutions in preparing for and implementing solutions to the difficulties that society experiences as climate changes. The recording of the first and second events are available on the South Mountain Partnership’s YouTube page at

All attendees must register for the virtual event by visiting Instructions to join the webinar will be emailed prior to the event.

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, the Center for Sustainability at Dickinson College, Carlisle Borough, and the Yellow Breeches Watershed Association.