Climate Action Plan

**Students from Johns Hopkins University's Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) conducted an updated 2022 Community-Wide GHG Inventory.**
View the GHG Inventory
View the AAP's presentation to Borough Council

Carlisle Borough is one of 20 communities participating in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Local Climate Action Assistance Program to address climate change at the local level. We entered the program in the fall of 2019 and teamed up with students from Dickinson College's Center for Sustainability Education to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the Borough. The group calculated greenhouse gas emissions for the years 2016 and 2017. This inventory served as the baseline to identify and prioritize emission sources for action, develop strategies for reducing emissions, and set goals.

In 2020, Borough Council passed a Climate Action Resolution that commits the Borough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2025 and 80% by 2050, compared to 2005. A commission consisting of four teams and an executive committee was formed to develop a Climate Action Plan to achieve those goals. In January 2022, the Borough's first-ever Climate Action Plan (CAP) was unanimously approved by Borough Council.

The Climate Action Plan's objectives and action items are broken down into several different sectors:
  • Transportation
  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Municipal Operations
  • Solid Waste
Below are several objectives/actions outlined in the CAP for some of the different sectors.
  • Increase the adoption of electric and alternative energy vehicles in the vehicle fleet.
  • Promote the adoption of electric vehicles by households and businesses to achieve 30% of the light-duty fleet by 2035 and 90% by 2050.
  • Incentivize and accelerate the adoption of electric and alternative energy vehicles in commercial and industrial uses to achieve 15% of the medium and heavy-duty fleet by 2035 and 45% by 2050.Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Convert the entire municipal light-duty vehicle fleet to electric or alternative energy by 2035 and convert the remaining medium and heavy-duty municipal vehicle fleet to electric or alternative energy by 2050. (Also falls under Municipal Operations)
  • Use existing incentives to complete a comprehensive fleet assessment of all municipal light, medium, and heavy-duty fleet vehicles to inform the development and implementation of a multi-year strategy, including procurement benchmarks. (Also falls under Municipal Operations)
  • Convert the Carlisle Area School District bus fleet to electric/low-carbon by 2035.
  • Reduce community vehicles' miles traveled (VMT) 10% by 2035 and 25% by 2050.
  • Reduce energy use in residential buildings by 40% in 2050.
  • Energy-efficiency retrofits for existing homes. 40% of existing residential homes participating in energy-efficiency programs by 2035 and 70% by 2050.
  • Net-Zero new residential homes. Increase the percentage of new residential building areas that produce as much energy on-site as it uses to 5% by 2025, 35% by 2035, and 65% by 2050.Solar plates on roof
  • Establish Energy Use Intensity (EUI) benchmark for new residential buildings.
  • Residential Electrification. Reduce use of natural gas, fuel oil, or propane for space and/or water heating (60% of households in Carlisle in 2017) by switching 50% to electricity by 2035 and 80% by 2050.
  • Increase the percentage of households with rooftop PV solar installations or residents who are participants in commercial solar projects to 10% by 2025, 25% by 2035, and 40% by 2050.

Municipal Operations
  • Reduce energy use in municipal buildings by 50% in 2035 and achieve net neutrality by 2050.
  • Transition to 100% renewable energy consumption at all Borough facilities by 2050.
  • Ensure all new construction of municipal facilities be built to the highest efficiency standards (IECC), and a percentage of renewable energy sources, with a progressive goal of carbon neutral/net zero buildings.
  • Adopt local ordinances and regulations to encourage carbon reduction strategies.
  • Reduce regulatory barriers to renewable energy installation and use.
  • Incorporate a Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) to reduce light pollution and encourage transition to more efficient lighting.
Solid Waste
  • Reduce amount of nonrecyclable materials.
  • Reduce single-use plastic bags.Food Compost
  • Improve community composting facilities to include food waste and divert 50% of compostable waste by 2035 and 100% by 2050. (Also under Municipal Ops)
  • Food waste education.

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