HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection’s (DEP) Energy Programs Office is holding a public engagement session to give community members and Pennsylvania residents an opportunity to “provide feedback on how to use federal funding aimed at addressing climate change,” according to the press release.
The session will be on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Firetree Place, 600 Campbell St.
This is one of five sessions that are being held across the state with the intent of involving feedback from Pennsylvania residents in developing a Priority Climate Action Plan for communities throughout the commonwealth, according to the press release.
To attend this event, fill out a registration form under the event date at dep.pa.gov/Citizens/Energy/Pages/Inflation-Reduction-Act.aspx.
There is also an opportunity for a virtual session which will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.
DEP has received $3 million in federal grants to create a PCAP and a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP), which will provide resources to help industries reduce air pollutants and emissions in our communities, the press release said.
For example, companies might use the funding to upgrade to cleaner technology or train workers to fill clean energy jobs. These initiatives are funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program. The EPA provides grants to states, local governments, tribes and territories to develop climate action plans, as well as implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.
“Pennsylvanians deserve to have a say in decisions that impact their health and their environment — that’s why DEP is providing residents this opportunity to weigh in on this critical funding to tackle climate change,” DEP Interim Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley said in a press release. “Industrial activity is one of the highest contributors to greenhouse gas pollution of any sector in Pennsylvania, and it is extremely difficult to reduce. These resources will help our communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants, and DEP will gather feedback from all corners of the Commonwealth in order to help put this funding to work in the most effective way possible.”
If those interested can’t make the events in person or virtual, residents can submit feedback through our Climate Strategy Opinion Survey Platform to share your thoughts on how DEP can better lead the way to a more equitable, climate-smart future.
For more information about the CPRG program, please visit DEP’s Inflation Reduction Act webpage. To learn more about climate change in Pennsylvania and what steps we can take to fight it, please see DEP’s Climate Change webpage.