Meet Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins, sixteenth in the 2018 series of rider profiles. Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips! Learn more. Donate.
I am excited to bike this year with Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. As a County Commissioner, my schedule is very full so I will not be able to bike all the way to Washington, DC, but by participating on the weekend days, I’ll get to do most of the Pennsylvania miles.
I have been participating in bicycle charity rides for many years. This will be my ninth year biking in the MS150 ride and, due to many years of volunteering, I am now a member of the Multiple Sclerosis 1,000 mile club. I also donate to the Bestwick Foundation and Centre Volunteers in Medicine charity bicycle rides. This will be my first charity ride that includes sleeping in churches and talking with the public about the cause while riding.
God gave us one planet. We will not be receiving another one. As the Bible says, God appointed human beings as stewards of this Earth. We must take this responsibility seriously. Polluting the air poisons our children and kills people with asthma and other lung conditions. This violates God’s precepts. Now that we know our activities cause global warming, we as a society need to do something about it.
Centre County Government is undertaking an energy savings initiative that will require investments of nearly $5,000,000. This energy savings initiative should save Centre County Government nearly $6,000,000 over 20 years. It will also include the second largest solar array in Centre County, which will be located on the grounds of the Centre County Correctional facility in Bellefonte. At full capacity, the solar array will provide over 1.5 megawatts of power. The only larger solar array in Centre County will be the 2.6 megawatt solar array installed by the University Area Joint Authority (UAJA) which performs wastewater treatment for the Centre Region.
When not biking part of the way to Washington, DC, Commissioner Higgins can be found all over Centre County – attending charity functions, cutting ribbons, assisting our emergency responders, biking or hiking around Central PA, administering a nearly $80,000,000 annual budget, and working together with the 163,000 residents of Centre County to make the County a better place.
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