Sustainable Newtown Square
In May 2021, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring that Newtown Township will participate in the Sustainable PA Community Certification Program and commit to becoming a more sustainable municipality. Over the past few years, the Township’s Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) has been exploring ways to enhance its protection of the environment and create an ongoing culture of sustainability. The EAC, along with Township staff, recommended participating in the Sustainable PA Certification program. The Township Board of Supervisors recognized that this program would not only help the Township be more sustainable, but would assist with achieving several of the outcomes outlined in the 2020 Strategic Plan. On April 26, 2021 the Board of Supervisors passed Resolution 2021-18 Sustainability Newtown Square.
Understanding the need for sustainability, the Board of Supervisors commissioned an energy audit in 2015. The energy audit recommended that the Township move to utilizing LED lighting, change to a geothermal heating and cooling system and increase insulation throughout the building. Since the audit, the Township has implemented the recommended changes, resulting in significant reductions in water, electricity and natural gas usage.
The Sustainable PA Certification program is divided into 10 categories, 26 areas of impact and 130 best practices, actions or policies. Sustainable PA also has five levels of Achievement: Associate, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. To learn more about the Sustainable PA Certification program and Newtown Township’s continuing efforts to meet or exceed its sustainability click here.
In the photo from left to right: Supervisor Russo, Vice Chair Roberts Lightcap, Sustainability Coordinator Suzanne Wolanin, Chairman Altieri and Supervisor Partridge
On April 1, 2022 the Township was awarded a Silver Community Certification from the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program that is managed by the Pennsylvania Municipal League and Sustainable Pittsburgh!
NOTE: Until Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification's new website is up and operational we have been directed to post the following badge on our website as it will not be visible on theirs! I would like to acknowledge and thank all Boards, Commissions, Committee and staff for their support and assistance with gathering information in support of this important program!
Suzanne Wolanin, Sustainability Newtown Square Coordinator.