April 2023 Newsletter

Dear State College CCL folks,

With the arrival of Spring there are so many great ways to keep up our momentum on climate solutions.  April is Earth Month and we have a lot of ideas below on how to engage our community, engage ourselves and educate others about the importance of CCL’s mission.   Let’s all be in action this month! Read on to find out what’s coming in April and plan to join us in person for our monthly chapter meeting. A zoom option is available, but the agenda this month is better suited to in person! 

Monthly Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Rm 6
780 Waupelani Road
State College, PA 16801

A brief peek at what we’ll cover at the meeting: Understand your electricity bill, part two!  Kelly Forest will help us decipher it and show the impact of having solar. Educating yourself will help you educate others!Bring a past electric bill to the April meeting Bring the approximate square footage and how many people live in your homeGet ready for Spring and Summer tabling- We’ll set up our Earth day table in the meeting room to show you the materials, provide tabling tips and ask for your suggestions. 

April Events 
Thursday, April 6th at 7 p.m. 
Meet CCL’s Executive Director, Madeleine Para  
Is there anything you’d like to ask Madeleine? Perhaps you’d like to hear more about our upcoming June Conference or the Conservative Conference that just took place in DC?  Or maybe you have a question about the new expanded policy agenda or just want to listen? Madeleine is having small group conversations by Region and our turn is this week. Whatever your reasons for attending, we look forward to seeing you on zoom this Thursday!  
Thursday, April 6, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Electric Vehicles for Businesses, Municipalities and Individuals
221 W. High Street, Suite 1300
Bellefonte, PA
Learn more about electric vehicles, plans for PA’s charging stations and more. You do not have to be a member of the CBICC to attend. This is an in-person only event that is open to business owners, non-profits, schools, and individuals interested in electric vehicles, electrifying a fleet of vehicles, charging infrastructure and charging stations. The event is free, but seating is limited, so you must register to attend.  
Register here
Friday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Volunteers needed for Earth Day
Penn State Campus- HUB lawn
What better way to share information than to engage with young people on Penn State’s campus! CCL’s expanded policy advocacy provides new opportunities to engage others. We need six volunteers to help us out!
Sign up for a shift here
Save Energy! Save Money! The energy transition starts with us! 
At our March meeting, we watched a small portion of the PSU Extension presentation on the Inflation Reduction Act, but there is more! We started our learning journey to better understand the 2023 tax incentives and the rebate programs coming later this year and in 2024. We highly recommend viewing the entire presentation to learn all the ways you, your friends and family can get financial assistance with clean energy upgrades. Here is the recording. And, a CCL presentation on the topic is here. As we become more knowledgeable, it will be easier to share information with others. Watch for more information as both the tax guidance and rebate programs are still coming into focus. 
June 10-13th
CCL Annual International Conference, Washington DC
Registration is taking place now for Citizen Climate Lobby’s annual meeting in DC in early June. We’d love for members of the State College Chapter to attend. If you need more information or a bit of financial assistance to offset the cost, talk to Sylvia or Lisa today! 

State College CCL Members taking action! (AKA: Who to thank!) 

Kelly Forest, A huge thank you for organizing the Sierra Club’s Banff Film Festival at the State College Theater! And also for her active outreach and holding meetings to encourage and explain solar in her neighborhood!
Grace Oram, Helen Kenion, Diane Mills-  A big thanks to all three for making sure our table was staffed at the Banff Film Festival!
Dick Jones– Thank you for your Letters to the Editor on the topic of Greenwashing– published on Pennlive.com on 3/3/23, Lock Haven Express on 3/4/23, Pittsburgh Post Gazette on 3/6/23, and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette on 3/21/23.
Kathy Pollard- Thank you for your Letter to the Editor, “Electric Vehicles Cut Fuel Emissions” published in the Scranton Times on 3/11/23.
Sylvia Neely– Thank you for your Op-Ed, “Conservatives Care About Climate Change” published on 3/12/23 in the Centre Daily Times.
Diane Mills– Thank you for your Letter to the Editor on Permitting Reform published on 3/15/23 in the Lock Haven Express.
Grace Oram and George Otto– Thank you for joining with other CCL folks in Pennsylvania to discuss statewide initiatives, such as RGGI, Community Solar and the Alternative Portfolio Standard in Pennsylvania.

Lisa Richardson– Lisa has been assisting COG and the CBICC organize the EneryBiz series. The series is primarily for business, non-profit and municipal leaders.  Talk this up to your favorite businesses or nonprofits today. The first presentation is this Thursday, April 6th on Electric Vehicle. Followed by Solar Energy on May 4th and Energy Efficiency on June 8th.
Thank you to the entire CCL State College chapter– This list is not comprehensive as there are so many things each of you are doing every day to be good stewards of our planet. Thank you for being part of CCL, for coming to the meetings and for all you are doing! 
Happy Earth Day!
Lisa Richardson
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