Environment Erie

Community Resilience Action Network of Erie

What is the Community Resilience Action Network of Erie?

The Community Resilience Action Network of Erie (CRANE) is an alliance of several organizations in the region that have a commitment to developing a climate conscious community through education, coordination and implementation of projects that address climate change and build a resilient community. CRANE is a small working group that meets monthly to discuss goals and objectives as a group.

Our Core Group:

The core group includes NWPAGE, PA Sea Grant, Environment Erie, and Erie County.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to address the impacts of climate change through the development of a resilient community.

Erie Community Need:

Communities are increasingly finding it more and more difficult to keep up with both the immediate effects of Mother Nature and the slow build-up of long-term changes to weather patterns. Resilient communities are ones that are prepared to react to disasters in an organized and pre-emptive manner as well as continuing to grow and develop with the long-term changes in mind.
Our community is blessed with a mild climate and a lack of acute extreme weather, aside from lake effect snow. Over the last several years however, there has been an increase in extreme temperatures, severe rain events resulting in flooding, and dangerous OZONE days. Individual agencies and entities that deal with the effects of these events are seeing the effects of climate change, but as a community we are not looking at these events in a collective manner. There is a lack of connectivity within economic development, housing, and community facilitates with the long-term effects of climate change.
Currently in our region there is not a champion agency or governmental unit spearheading us to becoming a climate ready community. Nor does this group believe that one entity can or should do so. The purpose of this group is to begin the discussions among the community and coordinate efforts for addressing the regional effects of climate change.

Upcoming Events:

Erie County Agriculture and Our Climate: The New Normal
April 1 from 9a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Key Note Breakfast Panel with farmer's, come here how they've adapted over the years
Breakout session to follow:

Summit Announcement Here

Past Activities (May 2015):

  • Submitted Helping Today Application to Erie Community Foundation
  • Planning Annual Fall Summit
  • This year’s theme is weather and climate change impacts on our local tourism industry
  • Climate Planning Initial Stakeholder Survey
    About 30 responders from several different industries including: county and municipal government, environmental nonprofits, higher education, the local school district, religious groups, solar installer, local architecture firm and Erie Insurance.
    Gathered opinions on the scope of the climate planning process, terms for the name, areas that should and should not be covered, recommended models, challenges, timeframe, and people or organizations that need to be at the table.
  • Majority of responses expressed that the plan should be a “Climate Action Plan” and that it should cover everything from carbon mitigation and climate change adaptation to community resiliency, while energy was the most highly recommended area to be considered.
  • Over half of the responders are willing to participating in the continued planning process, though many have had no prior experience. It was recommended that the planning process should take no longer than 2 years to complete and should plan for the next 5-10 years.

The Future of Erie's Tourism in a Changing World (2015 Summit)

Easily accessible via three major highways and centrally located between Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Buffalo, our Erie region can boast a robust tourism industry including Presque Isle beaches, boating, fishing, skiing and wine tasting. We need to better understand the increasing seasonal changes to our weather, and the current and future effects on tourism, in order to prepare and adapt. For example, Peak n’ Peek Ski Resort has begun marketing itself as a “year round” destination, with the installation of a Mountain Adventure park, featuring dual zip lines and an aerial adventure course.

"Merchants of Doubt" Film Screening

Please join us on Wednesday, October 14th at 7PM for FILM at the Erie Art Museum, featuring “Merchants of Doubt”, a documentary which compares the anti-global warming effort to similar propaganda tactics utilized by the tobacco and chemical flame retardant industries.

Cost: $5 Admission at the Door and Adult Beverages and Food options available.

View the trailer here

Breakfast Keynote

Also join us for our breakfast keynote session on Thursday, October 15th, to learn why weather is critical to our tourism industry, how changes in our climate will affect your business, and how our tourism industry be more proactive, as we experience increasing intense storm events and more severe seasonal temperatures. Doors open and breakfast refreshments starting at 7:30AM, the panel discussion will begin at 8:00AM followed by a Q&A session and wrap up, ending at 9:30AM.


Guest speakers include: John Oliver, Visit Erie Executive Director; Megan Goold, US EPA Region 3 Climate Change Coordinator; Nate Irwin, PA DEP Aquatic Biologist; and Jerry Skrypzak, President of S.O.N.S (Save Our Native Species)