Saturday, February 26 | 10am – 4:30pm | Virtual Event

 

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10am | Open

10am – Noon | EAC Success Stories

EACs approach their work in a variety of ways and can focus their energy on any number of projects. In this inspirational session, we will hear from colleagues across the state who have successfully implemented programs including: the installation of an air quality monitoring system, the implementation of a municipal battery recycling program, and the development of a systematic approach to mapping stormwater BMPs.  We will also hear from two EACs who have expanded their capacity by organizing a regional working group and creating an associate EAC member program. Speakers will highlight specifics of these programs that led to success, and provide tips to other EACs who may want to consider similar programs. This session will include a 15-minute stretch break, and time for Q&A with the panelists.

Noon – 1pm | Lunch Break

1pm – 2:30pm | Breakout Sessions

2:30pm – 3pm | Break

3pm – 4:30pm | Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions 1 | 1pm - 2:30pm

Building a Successful EAC

So, you’ve organized your EAC and the members have been appointed — what now? This session is designed to give both newly formed and “young” EACs the tools needed to build a strong foundation for future success. Topics will include forming and organizing first steps, what can and can’t an EAC do, and community outreach and relationship building. Also included will be a discussion of potential funding sources for EACs/municipalities with guests from DCNR and the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

Topics and Speakers:

First Steps | Jeanne Ortiz, Audubon Mid-Atlantic
First Steps | Peter Puglionese, Haverford Township EAC
Funding |Drew Gilchrist, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Funding | Drew Shaw, Montgomery County Planning Commission
Community Engagement | Carol Grayshaw, WeConservePA

Capacity Building for Established EACs

If building a successful EAC is the 101-level introduction, this course will serve as the 200-level follow-up. Geared towards established EACs that are looking to expand and improve upon their work, this session will cover topics including grant-writing, when and how EACs can become involved in public policy, and how to build strong community partnerships with other organizations (including parks and recreation departments, schools, land trusts, libraries, and more!).

Speakers:

Public Policy | Zachary Bartscherer, Pew Charitable Trusts
Grant-writing | Joanne Walker, Upper Gwynedd Township
Community Partnerships | Jim Webb, Abington Township EAC and Heidi Shriver, Bird Town Pennsylvania

Protecting Our Forests, Air, and Water Resources: Options for Municipalities

Protecting our Forest, Air, and Water Resources: Options for Municipalities:

Natural resource protection is often at the center of an EACs’ work, but what are some methods EACs can employ to further this goal? Join us for a series of three presentations focused on methods of monitoring and protecting our air, water, and forest resources.

Presentation #1: Community-scale air quality monitoring using low-cost sensors, including potential benefits and pitfalls. Data collected in Cranberry Township, PA will be shown as a case study. Dr. Albert Presto, Carnegie Mellon

Presentation #2: The development of a systematic approach to mapping and assessing stormwater BMPs. William Ross Snook, New Hanover Township EAC

Presentation #3: Pennsylvania’s Service Forester Program, and a discussion of managing invasives. Michael Hoffman, PA DCNR, Bureau of Forestry

Breakout Sessions 2 | 3pm - 4:30pm

Lawn Conversion & Green Infrastructure: What, Why, and How?

Lawns are a ubiquitous sight across Pennsylvania, with over 2 million acres of land growing turf grasses that are mowed regularly and tenderly fertilized. There’s social pressure to maintain order around homes, in parks, and on campuses, however a growing number of Pennsylvanians want to do more to improve the landscape for now and into the future. Join guest speakers from PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) to learn more about the what, why, and how of implementing lawn conversion and other green infrastructure in your municipality.

Speakers
Teddi Stark, PA DCNR, Bureau of Forestry
Kelsey Mummert, PA DCNR, Bureau of Forestry
Susan Meyerov, PEC
Paul Raccette, PEC

Ready for 100: Municipal Energy Planning Now, and Into the Future

Climate change is no longer a future threat but is causing worldwide, national, and local disruption of weather. At our local level, this has caused an increase in rain intensity, tornados, and flooding. So far, Pennsylvania has been spared worse effects such as the fires and drought in the west and the more frequent and violent hurricanes of the southeast. Municipalities have the triple challenge of transitioning to clean renewable energy, hardening its municipal infrastructure, and guiding local planning to facilitate the residents and businesses in making similar changes. What does it mean for municipalities to engage in energy planning, and how can/should EACs be involved in this process? In the coming months and years, as we begin to see more higher-level government involvement, how will the landscape of our own work change at the local level? In part one of this session Paula Kline and Henry Alexander will layout the case for climate action planning, and how your EAC can get involved. In part two, we will hear from several municipalities who have already begun this work and hear how they are approaching it.

Topics and Speakers
Program Overview | Paula Kline, Ready for 100 Initiative
Program Overview | Henry Deh Alexander, Ready for 100 Initiative
Reports and Recommendations | TBD