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