CHESTER COUNTY, PA — Chester County’s recognition of Earth Day 2020 was intended to be bigger than ever before, with events and volunteer opportunities happening throughout the region. But the current COVID-19 pandemic and the stay at home order prevented all public events from taking place. So, rather than cancel, Chester County “rearranged” the week-long celebration to highlight Earth Day 2020 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
Included in the now-online and virtual Earth Day Celebration program are key announcements that highlight Chester County’s commitment to the environment and climate action (this year’s National Earth Day theme).
Last week, the Chester County Commissioners approved an amendment to the county’s power purchase agreement, adding Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to ensure that 100 percent of the power used by the county is offset with nationally-generated renewable energy power. In this case, the county’s RECs are for wind energy.
The Chester County Planning Commission released this week the 2019 Open Space Preservation totals, revealing an additional 2,400 acres preserved during the year. This brings Chester County’s total of protected open space to 142,200 acres, or 29.3 percent, at the end of December 2019 – ever closer to the county’s target of 30 percent.
Chester County’s conservancies were also very active throughout 2019, preserving nearly 700 acres of land including additions to State Game Lands in West Nantmeal, the Castle Rock Farm in West Brandywine and Pocopson, an addition to the Welkenweir Preserve, and an expansion of the White Clay Creek Preserve. To read more about the 2019 Open Space Totals in Chester County, visit: https://chescoplanning.org/OpenSpace/OpenSpace.cfm.
Another Chester County Earth Day activity is the launch of a new environmental booklet by the Planning Commission titled, “50 Ways Your Community Can Protect Our Planet.” The booklet features five topic areas to help municipalities and individuals contribute to protecting the planet’s resources. It can be downloaded, printed, or shared across platforms via https://news.chescoplanning.org/planning-commission-releases-new-environmental-booklet-in-honor-of-earth-day-2020/.
In time for Earth Day 2020, Chester County is sharing an article discussing some of the county’s environmental successes over the past three decades, and highlighting information about the Climate Action Plan. Finally, Friday is Arbor Day, and Chester County is celebrating by featuring accomplishments and information from various organizations around the region.
For more information on all of these programs and initiatives, follow the Chester County Planning Commission on social media – Facebook (@CCPlanning), Twitter (@ChescoPlanning), Instagram (@ChescoPlanning), and LinkedIn (“Chester County Planning Commission”).
To learn more about environmental initiatives by the Chester County Planning Commission, visit https://chescoplanning.org/Environmental/Environmental.cfm.
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