Middletown Township was recently selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Local Climate Action Program (LCAP). Middletown Township is one of 21 communities in Pennsylvania, and the only one in Bucks County to participate in this program!
In its second year, LCAP is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) aimed at assisting municipalities with gauging and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The cost of the program is underwritten by the US Department of Energy State Energy Program (SEP), making it free to the municipalities.
The program pairs municipalities with a college student for 11 months. They begin by creating a GHG inventory by analyzing data about electric, natural gas, solid waste, water, wastewater, and transportation utilization in the community. The program will utilize data from 2018.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) completed a similar inventory for municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania in 2015. Middletown Township's participation in LCAP will lay the foundation to begin plotting a trajectory for changes in our GHG emissions.
After the inventory is complete, the student will work with the Township to create a climate action plan which establishes goals and strategies to reduce GHG emissions.
A full press release about this program can be found here.