Local Climate Action Program
The DEP Energy Programs Office offered the Local Climate Action Program (LCAP) from July 2019 – June 2020, as well as July 2020 – June 2021, helping 41 local governments across Pennsylvania that wanted to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Currently, 12 additional local governments are participating in LCAP 2021-2022. Having state and local governments lead by example on climate action in practices and assets is one of the 19 strategies recommended in the
Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan.
If you are interested in learning more about LCAP or have questions about the program, please contact Heidi Kunsch at email@example.com or 717-214-4243.
LCAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP).
How the Local Climate Action Program Works
Local governments are matched with college students across the state and trained by a DEP contractor,
ICLEI USA, to develop GHG inventories and climate action plans. Via a series of live training webinars and one-on-one technical assistance, ICLEI guides the student/local government teams in creating GHG inventories and climate action plans.
Teams are provided access to
ICLEI’s ClearPath inventory tool to create local GHG inventories in the fall. They undertake the climate action planning process in the spring. This includes community engagement via in-person workshops, virtual meetings, or online surveys.
Recognizing that local governments engage in climate action under varying time frames and thus may not be able to participate in the new cohort or would like to work at their own pace, DEP, via SEP funding, will also provide access to the ICLEI technical staff and ClearPath inventory tool via a special subscription. Utilizing the following LCAP resources, those communities can develop GHG inventories and climate action plans at their own pace. Please note that there are two restrictions on the subscription: communities with a population of 500,000 or more are ineligible, as are communities that have had an active ICLEI membership since June 1, 2017.