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Lehigh Valley Planning Commission releases climate, energy goals, policies

Published On: Jun 19 2014 04:31:48 PM CDT

You have a chance to weigh in on the future of climate and energy issues in the region.

EASTON, Pa. -

The public has a chance to weigh in on the future of climate and energy issues in the region.

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is releasing its climate and energy goals and polices for the Lehigh Valley at a meeting Tuesday night. It runs from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Nurture Nature Center, 518 Northampton St., Easton.

"It's a very interesting kind of time to be talking about this. Very, very hot topic, both climate and energy in the region," said Becky Bradley, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission executive director.

Bradley said they gathered input from several businesses and organizations.

"Some of our partners like PPL, Met-Ed are at the table with us so it's a really nice public private partnership that kind of developed these goals and policies," she said. "We talked to the auto dealers in the region which was really interesting to see how our transportation system could evolve."

Lehigh University professor Dork Sahagian also helped with the recommendations and is speaking at Thursday's presentation.

"He was a contributor to Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize-winning climate change report," said Bradley. "He's just known as a major expert not only on climate issues but on energy."

Bradley said the commission does not look at this politically.

"We have an obligation as a commission to be fair and balanced in anything that we would do," she added. "I think a lot of people will want to talk about the climate issue and what that means for the region's infrastructure before, during and after storm events. I also think people are going to be really interested in things like mobility. That goes back to how do you reduce carbon emissions."