Meetings slated to deal with future climate change problems

Over the past several years, the Village of Pinecrest has made significant improvements in the way we operate and deliver services to become a more sustainable, energy efficient and resilient operation.

As we develop our climate action plans for the community, it is important that we engage and involve our residents in the process. I recently attended a national resiliency summit at the Aspen Institute sponsored by the National League of Cities and the US Green Building Council. It was a tremendous opportunity to learn the newest approaches to emergency preparation by incorporating substantive concepts and the best practices, and especially to develop new insights about how leaders must approach preparedness.

Being a resilient Pinecrest requires that we all learn how we can each have an impact on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, be more energy efficient and, most importantly, be better prepared so we bounce back from the future we face of stronger storms and impending sea level rise.

In order to assure our community is better prepared, the Village will offer an informational climate resiliency series. The series will be held the first Tuesday of every month through December for a total of four workshops with expert speakers on topics that include a climate change overview, sea level rise, our carbon footprint and what one can do to lessen climate change and its effects. The first workshop will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

We will offer both daytime and evening workshops to allow everyone an opportunity to attend. I look forward to seeing you there. For more information, contact me at

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