Climate Action Plan

Environmental Advisory Council Members

Council Members

  • Beth Behrend
  • Elisabeth Cichonski
  • Kathy Fox
  • Brian Hillard
  • Brian Nicas
  • Lynn Rothman
  • Mike Topping

Working Groups

  • George Yasko
  • Fran Cundall

BBFW (Bethlehem Backyards for Wildlife)
  • Martha Christine
  • Ilse Stoll
  • Christine Roysden
  • Roseanne Amano
  • Linda Frederick
  • Fran Cundall (Irish)
  • Lynn Rothman - liaison to the Lehigh Valley Bird Town Coalition (LVBTC)
  • Lynn Rothman - liaison to Citizens Traffic Advisory Committee (CTAC) 
Zoning & Planning 
  • Mike Topping

Beth Behrend

Elizabeth spent most of her life living in Wisconsin until moving to Bethlehem with her husband in 2013. She has two undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master’s degree in applied mathematics from Lehigh University. Her desire to reduce waste and plastic usage in the city and find more sustainable, eco-friendly alternatives initially drew her to the EAC. She was elected to the EAC in November 2018.

Kathy Fox

Kathy’s interest in sustainability was sparked back in high school when she joined the newly formed Ecology club and began recycling paper from the classrooms. This has budded into a passion for the environment. Mostly self-educated on a variety of environmental issues, Kathy has continued working toward a sustainable future by installing solar panels on her home, completing an energy audit and making energy efficiency improvements to her home, buying a hybrid car, adapting a permaculture design for her yard, gardening, composting vegetable scraps, continuing to be an avid recycler, and eating far less meat. In addition, Kathy is a co-chair of the Northampton County Council of Democractic Women’s Environmental Committee, a member of Bethlehem’s Climate Action Plan Working Group, the Citizens Climate Lobby, the Bethlehem Food Co-op and the Sierra Club.

Brian Hillard

As someone who has spent a great deal of his life appreciating the outdoors, Brian has a very keen appreciation for protecting the environment. Growing up just outside Philadelphia, he spent much of his childhood exploring our natural areas. As a graduate of Penn State under their Energy & Sustainability Policy program, he has gained a passion about sustainable energy and finding solutions to address climate change. In addition to the Bethlehem EAC, Brian is active with the Lehigh Valley Sierra Club, the Mid Atlantic Renewable Energy Association, and runs S.T.A.R. - Serving To Aid & Restore, an organization dedicated to helping low income persons in our community. Employed by the Sustainable Energy Fund as a technical specialist/energy auditor, he appreciates the opportunities to find energy efficient and renewable energy solutions for businesses and non-profits throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Through his educational, work, and life experiences, Brian is grateful for every opportunity to work with others to make our community both stronger and more sustainable.

Lynn Rothman

Lynn Rothman is an Environmental Scientist. She previously worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, balancing environmental protection with development and property rights, with an emphasis on wetlands protection. She currently serves as an alternate to the Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board. In her volunteer activities, she experienced leading non-profit organizations, with the ability to manage budgets and programs.

Lynn graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a bachelor’s degree in government and Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree from the Whiting School of Engineering. In 2009 she participated in the Bethlehem Citizens’ Academy. She recently completed a professional certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

Lynn has resided in Bethlehem City since 1998, where she and her husband raised their two daughters.

Mike Topping

Mike Topping has lived in the Lehigh Valley since 1955 and been a resident of Bethlehem, PA since 1968. He is married (wife - Nancy) and has three grown children, Christopher, Susan and Brian. Presently there is no dog, usually a black lab can be found around the house, but we do have a cat. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College in 1963, served in the US Army as a counter intelligence agent and returned from Vietnam in 1966. Starting in 1967 for the City of Easton, and continuing from 1968 to 2001 for the City of Bethlehem, he has worked as a city planner. Retired in 2002, he has worked part time for the Borough of Nazareth as a Zoning Officer and currently works part time for the Easton Planning Office. Always actively interested in the outdoors and organized sports, Mike has wrestled in high school and college, played various team sports and enjoyed many years of golf and tennis. Once retired, Mike became active in various civic and sportsmen's organizations and is currently the President of the Northampton County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. Although interested in and willing to support all of the EAC's programs and concerns, Mike is particularly interested in preserving our natural environment in Bethlehem and protecting those areas which are most prone to damage during development namely the flood plain areas adjacent to the Monocacy and Saucon Creeks and the Lehigh River and the steep slope areas near Camel's Hump and South Mountain.