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2021 Spring Partnership Meeting (virtual)

About the meeting: Twice annually (Spring and Fall), the Partnership holds a Partnership-wide meeting for all partners and any interested individuals or organizations to come together and build relationships and collaborations around the promotion and preservation of our region’s landscape resources. To ensure your health, we are meeting virtually via Zoom. This event is FREE and details about how to sign-on will be emailed to you one day before the webinar.

These meetings are a chance to:
– Connect or reconnect with the Partnership, learning more about initiatives and on-going projects
– Build and strengthen our network of people and organizations working throughout the region
– Spark conversation and collaboration across political and sectorial boundaries
– Engage 50+ partners in on-going work throughout the region
– Involve partners in defining the direction of the Partnership

We hope you will join us!


About the Event

The agenda theme for the meeting is solar energy development. We will facilitate a dialogue around the challenges of solar energy development and how it can be done in a way that supports our region’s unique sense of place and quality of life, does not inhibit future sustainable economic development, and stewards our farmland, historic places, and natural and recreation assets – goals that we think are shared by many residents, communities, businesses, and organizations.

Our goal for this meeting is to provide attendees with a better understanding of trends and scenarios that are likely to play out across the South Mountain landscape and to ask attendees what they need or want next. Speakers will cover topics such as:
– How much solar development is needed to meet state climate action plan goals.
– Legislative initiatives – issues under consideration and potential impacts.
– Varying scales of solar development.
– Land use and site planning considerations – compatibility with land uses.
– Project End of Life and Decommissioning Process – what is involved and who bears costs.


Speakers

Adams County Commissioners

Event sponsors

Tyler Semder, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Thomas Murphy, Penn State University

Sara Nicholas, Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture

Doug Neidich, GreenWorks Development

Christopher Houck, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Katie Hess, South Mountain Partnership


Event Details

Date:

FRIDAY, MAY, 14, 2021

Time:

9:00 am to 11:00 am EDT

Location:

ONLINE VIA ZOOM 

Cost:

 FREE

Registration Deadline:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2021 or
until registrant cap has been reached

Log-on information will be emailed to all registrants approximately one day prior to the event.


Agenda

9:00 am

 WELCOME
Adams County Commissioners
Event Sponsors

9:20 am

SMP UPDATES
Katie Hess – South Mountain Partnership, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

9:35 am

COLLECTING METRICS TO COMMUNICATE SUCCESS: WE NEED YOU
Tyler Semder – PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

9:45 am

SOLAR DEVELOPMENT: LAND USE CONTEXT AND NATURAL RESOURCE CONSIDERATIONS
– Land Development Trends – Thomas Murphy, Penn State University
– Land Use and Agricultural Compatibility, Best Practices to Support Natural Resources and Sustainability –
Sara Nicholas, Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture
– Siting Considerations, Community Scale Legislation, Working With Developers – Doug Neidich, GreenWorks Development
– Question and Answer Session
– Audience polling

10:50 am

 PARTNER PROFILE
Christopher Houck, Pine Grove Furnace State Park

11:00 am

 END

 


Registration is Full and Now Closed.