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SHIPPENSBURG (Sept. 1, 2019)— Anyone interested in climate change and its effect on our lives and future, take note.

The Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) is kicking off a climate change series this fall. The goal is to provide localized information to members of the public and municipal officials.

The series will focus on various elements of climate change and anticipated impacts on Pennsylvania and the region.

Topics include:

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  • The degradation of unique ecological and biological sites.
  • Distribution patterns for wildlife and plant species.
  • Potential climate-induced human health risks.
  • Increased severe weather events.

The goal is to create a broad, sweeping understanding of climate-related issues and scientific insights. The first two seminars will be at the Shippensburg University campus.

Organizers hope interest in the subject will lead to more discussions at other locations around the community. All events are free and open to the public.

Introduction to Climate Change

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Shippensburg University

Dr. Tim Hawkins, SU Professor of Geography-Earth Science, will kick-off the series with an introduction to climate change. He will focus on the current state of scientific knowledge, anticipated impacts on the local area and practical solutions.

Tim’s primary teaching and research interests are climatology and hydrology. His recent research explores the effects of climate and land cover changes on forest ecosystems and hydrologic processes in the Delaware River Basin.

This talk will be held in the Orndorff Theater (Room 123) of the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building (CUB). Free visitor parking is available in lot C-7 on the evening of the event (click here for campus map).

Impacts on Forestry and Wildlife

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Shippensburg University

Benjamin Jones will discuss regional climate change impacts on forestry and wildlife. Ben is a leader in science-based conservation. He was the unanimous choice of the search committee as the new President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society.

He brings “experience, skills and passion” to RGS/AWS programs ranging from habitat management to hunter recruitment.

This talk will be held in the Orndorff Theater (Room 123) of the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building (CUB). Free visitor parking is available in lot C-7 on the evening of the event (click here for campus map).

About CLUS

Dr. John Benhart established the Center for Land Use in 2003. In 2015 it became the Center for Land Use and Sustainability.

Initially, the idea was to enhance the quality of life in Adams, Fulton, Cumberland, Franklin, and Perry Counties. CLU sponsored conferences, workshops, technical assistance, research, and community education programs. 

In 2015, the Center relaunched as the Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS). The Center today promotes interdisciplinary research and collaboration at local, regional, and global scales.

CLUS builds partnerships with organizations, businesses, and individuals through student internships, research projects, and events. 

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