Today is the first day of the first full week of a brand new year and Bloomsburg CCL is back and re-branded, this time as a town chapter. After a strong start in 2019, the Covid crisis hit Bloomsburg University hard in 2020, and our chapter felt the pain. As part of our continuing adaptation to the state of things, we’ve decided to use our unwelcome new Zoom-based lifestyle to welcome in some new members from the greater Bloomsburg area. We are now bigger and stronger than before, with lots of ambitious plans for the new year. For information on how to get involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first letter of 2021 appears today in the Press Enterprise. It is co-authored by chapter head Eric C. Miller and CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds:
Stay tuned for more developments! Read all about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act here.
On Monday evening, February 3, BU Citizens’ Climate Lobby underwent Climate Advocacy Training with Randy Gyory, Group Leader at CCL Pottsville and Co-Coordinator of Pennsylvania CCL Chapters. It was a full house!
Our next general meeting will take place on Monday, February 17 at 7pm in McCormick 1230. Mark your calendar!
This fall, the Bloomsburg University Citizen’s Climate Lobby achieved some important milestones. We were recognized as an official chapter by the national office of CCL, we were recognized as an official student club by the university, we formed an executive board and wrote a constitution, held our first fundraiser, co-sponsored several events, and arranged to begin a membership drive effective January, 2020. The future looks bright!
By way of retrospective, here are some photos from our November 1st paint-your-own-totebag fundraiser:
And one from our post-lecture dinner with Penn State’s Peter Buckland:
On Wednesday, November 13, Dr. Peter Buckland will visit Bloomsburg to meet with students, administrators, and local government officials to discuss methods for making both the campus and the town more environmentally and economically efficient. Dr. Buckland is the Academic Programs Manager at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute and the former Chair of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors. He remains active in local government as the chair of a solar power purchase agreement working group and in local conservation, serving on the Board of the Penns Valley Conservation Association.
At 5pm, Dr. Buckland will deliver the fourth lecture in the ICS Explores Sustainability series. In this talk, he will provide background on the “wicked problems” of our age, including but not limited to human-caused climate change and environmental degradation, inequality, aging infrastructure, and widespread societal distrust. Based on research, action, teaching, and his experience as a champion for sustainability, he will provide examples of how universities are rising to meet these challenges. Mark your calendar!