Borough Creates Climate Action Commission

Carlisle Borough Creates Climate Action Commission
Virtual Public Forum to be Held Thursday, September 10

In July, Carlisle Borough Council passed a Climate Action Resolution, committing the Borough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26% by 2025 and 80% by 2050 using 2005 levels as a baseline. The resolution also calls for the formation of a Climate Action Commission (CAC) that is charged with creating a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the Borough of Carlisle within one year of formation. Creating and implementing a Climate Action Plan, as well as addressing sustainability and renewable energy, was noted as a top objective during Council’s Biennial Goal Planning Session.

In advance of the CAP’s development, the Borough has undertaken several initiatives. For example, in the fall of 2019, the Borough joined 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. Out of this program, the Borough joined forces with Dickinson College’s Center for Sustainability Education to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the Borough. This inventory will serve as a basis for the Borough to identify and prioritize emission sources, developing strategies for reducing emissions, and setting goals for the CAP.

The Borough also recently partnered with Widener University’s Commonwealth Law School’s Environmental Law & Sustainability Center, which will offer its resources at no cost to help the Borough draft any ordinances that may be proposed while creating the plan. Through its classes on sustainability law, Widener previously developed model sustainability ordinances for use in other Pennsylvania municipalities.

The CAC consists of four teams each consisting of Borough residents and individuals from the business and academic communities, as well as Borough staff. The CAC is chaired by Councilor Joel Hicks, and its Executive Committee will include Deputy Mayor Sean Shultz, a member of borough staff, a resident-at-large,  and the four CAC Team Leads.

For those interested in learning more, including how they may serve on the CAC, a virtual public forum will be held on Thursday, September 10 at 5:30 PM. If you are interested in attending the forum, please e-mail the Borough Secretary, Joyce Stone ( for the Zoom sign-in information that is required to attend this meeting. E-mails must be received by Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 4:00 PM. The forum will also be livestreamed on the Borough’s Facebook page.


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