Climate Action Plan

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Background


Carlisle Borough is one of 20 communities participating in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Local Climate Action Assistance Program. This program provides tools and expertise to help municipalities develop plans to manage the risks of climate change impacts on their communities. The ultimate goal of the program is for the Borough to create its own Climate Action Plan to reduce emissions and manage impacts.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Carlisle Borough entered the program in the fall of 2019 and teamed up 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 will serve as a baseline to help the Borough identify and prioritize emission sources for action, developing strategies for reducing emissions, and setting goals.
GHG Emissions Total 2017Non-residential energy is the number one source for greenhouse gas emissions in the Borough, with electricity being the biggest contributor. Electric utilities emitted nearly 77,000 MTCO2e of greenhouse gases to generate the electricity used by Carlisle establishments in 2017.

Climate Action Resolution and Commission
This summer, Borough Council passed a Climate Action Resolution that commits the Borough to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26% by 2025 and 80% by 2050, compared to 2050. The resolution also requires the Borough to form a Climate Action Commission to create a Climate Action Plan for the Borough.

The Climate Action Commission (CAC) will consist of an Executive Committee (led by the CAC Chair) and four teams that report directly to Executive Committee. The Borough is currently seeking candidates for the position of CAC Chair. Submissions will be accepted until July 31. 
Climate Action Chair Volunteer Position Announcement

Updates
August 7, 2020

The Borough of Carlisle and Widener University Commonwealth Law School's Environmental Law and Sustainability Center recently signed a memorandum of understanding that will support the Borough's climate action efforts. With this partnership, Widener offers its resources at no cost to help the Borough draft any ordinances that may be proposed while creating the Climate Action Plan. Through its classes on sustainability law, Widener previously developed model sustainability ordinances for use in other Pennsylvania municipalities.



Resources
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