Pennsylvania Local Climate Action Planning Cohort 2020-2021


Start: August 2020
End: July 2021
Client or funder: US Department of Energy and the Pennsylvania Department of Energy
Collaborators: Pennsylvania DEP; Penn State University; Drexel University; Muhlenberg College; Temple University; University of Pittsburgh; Dickinson College; Shippensburg University; Wilkes University; Bucknell University; Harrisburg University; Moravian College; Susquehanna University; Allegheny College


Many local governments in the state of Pennsylvania do not have baseline measurements of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nor the plans to act on that information. Pennsylvania is one of the highest GHG emissions emitting states and the impact of many local governments coming together to conduct climate action plans could have a significant impact on the state emissions. A group of Pennsylvania communities have come together to create their GHG Inventory, and a Climate Action Plan highlights regional collaboration.

Photo by Megs Homsher on Unsplash

Project Activity

The goal of this cohort was to assist local governments in PA to complete GHG inventories and climate action plans. We had a structured training series where communities would work together to conduct their GHG inventory first and then their climate action plans in the spring. There was also one-on-one assistance conducted as requested by communities.


All 21 communities completed a GHG inventory
About 50 total one-on-one meetings with local governments
12 total completed CAPs

Those Involved

Aliquippa City, PA
Beaver Falls, PA
Ben Avon Borough, PA
Cumberland County, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Meadville, PA
Monaca, PA
Monessen, PA
Susquehanna Township, PA
Abington Township, PA
Allentown, PA
Chadds Ford Township, PA
Easton, PA
Haverford Township, PA
Lancaster, PA
Middletown Township, PA
Montgomery County Consortium of Communities
Shamokin, PA
Upper Darby Township, PA
Warwick Township, PA