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All events open to the public, most events are free.


2020-21 Season

Climate Action Series #3: Schools - Where Ideas Take Root

Date: February 2, 2021
Location: Virtual; register for link to join

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30 pm  |  Register Here.  |  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. To include panel discussion. Event leads: Dickinson College and Shippensburg University.

Climate Action Series #2: Municipal Rules - Where Real Action Happens

Date: December 8, 2020
Location: Virtual; register for link to join

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30 pm  |  Recording available here.  |  How does local climate action planning happen? The Borough of Carlisle will be used as an example of how local governments and citizens can initiate climate action planning. To include group discussion after presentations. Speakers: to be determined. Event lead: Carlisle Borough.

Climate Action Series #1: Local Governance - Setting the Stage

Date: October 20, 2020
Location: Virtual; register for link to join

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm  |  Recording available here.  |  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. This means more flooding, more heat and respiratory deaths, increased disease and pests, and disruptions to our food and agricultural systems. There is value in taking action and preparing at the local and state levels. Join us in learning about the importance of local government in addressing climate change, Cumberland County’s commitment to climate change mitigation and the Local Climate Action Program through the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection. Speakers: Cumberland County Commissioner Jean Foschi, Heidi Kunka of PA Department of Environmental Protection, John Dernbach of Widener University Law School. To include moderated question and answer time.  

Generations Yet to Come: 50th Earth Day Celebration

Date: April 20, 2020
Location: Virtual; register for link to join

The South Mountain Partnership, Penn State Mont Alto School Of Forestry and other partners will host an April 20 webinar celebrating Earth Day’s 50th anniversary with a special screening of the WITF documentary Generations Yet To Come: Environmental Rights In Pennsylvania from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The program will feature a speakers’ panel and an evening with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists.
Earth Day 1970 led to passage of landmark environmental laws that helped protect our air, water, wildlife and habitat.  Pennsylvania also recognized environmental quality as a basic civil right in the state’s constitution in 1971.
The powerful language in the Environmental Rights Amendment was ignored for decades, but that’s starting to change as the documentary highlights.
To watch this and other documentaries about Pennsylvania’s environmental heritage, visit the PA Conservation Heritage website.
For more information on programs, initiatives, other upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the South Mountain Partnership website.

Municipalities & Watershed Groups Working Together for Greater Impact

Date: January 9, 2020
Location: Dickinson College Stern Great Room

This free workshop for local municipalities and watershed organizations that want to better coordinate their efforts so that they can accomplish more together. Tentative agenda items include time for networking, the Return on Environment Report for Cumberland County, volunteer recruitment, county Watershed Implementation Plans(WIPs), Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) plan implementation, and case studies of successful partnerships. Light refreshments will be served. This workshop is hosted primarily by Capital RC&D and the South Mountain Partnership. Begins at 2:00 pm.

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