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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Silver Sustainability Award Press Release

Sustainable PA Silver


Newtown Township Recognized as a Certified Sustainable Municipality by The Pennsylvania Municipal League and Sustainable Pittsburgh

 Certification distinguishes municipalities that strive to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities

Newtown Township announced that it is among a select group of high-performing municipalities to become certified through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program. Newtown Township has been recognized at the Silver level of certification for meeting the program's rigorous performance criteria that track 131 policies and practices used to define a sustainable community.   

The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, managed by the Pennsylvania Municipal League in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed to distinguish municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources, and serve vibrant communities. The certification is implemented statewide, recognizing boroughs, townships, cities, and home rule municipalities across the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Municipal League and Sustainable Pittsburgh applaud municipalities for their demonstrated commitment and sustainability performance.   

"We are delighted to see Newtown Township distinguished among local governments that are leading the way in applying sustainability to both their operations and management, as well as within the community," said Anne McCollum, Director of Training and Development, Pennsylvania Municipal League.   

In earning the Silver certification, Newtown Township is acknowledged for its progress in such areas as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls, and internal management and operations. Details about Newtown Township’s certification performance within these areas can be found at:  http://www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org/users/certified_municipalities

"Newtown Township is proud to be recognized as a Silver Certified Community by the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program," said Leonard B. Altieri, III, Chairman, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors. "The Township has a long history of commitment to saving taxpayer dollars, using resources efficiently, and applying best practices in municipal government and community development. We are pleased to be recognized and be part of the regional community of sound government." 

“I would like to acknowledge and thank all the Boards, Commissions, Committees and staff for their assistance with gathering information in support of this important program,” said Suzanne Wolanin, Sustainability Newtown Square Coordinator. 

The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification is intended to bring recognition to municipalities that are implementing the policies and practices of sustainability to advance community and regional prosperity. It also serves as a mechanism for sharing best practices for creating a more sustainable Pennsylvania. "Municipalities that earn the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification have demonstrated a commitment to advancing sustainable best practices to foster thriving and vibrant communities where people long to live, work, and play. Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation is at the heart of sustainability and the Certification program is a means to accelerate municipal performance," said James T. Price, Sustainable Community Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh. 

For more information, please visit www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org or visit Newtown Township’s Sustainability page on their website at www.newtowntownship.org

About Newtown Township

Newtown Township is a suburban community located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, approximately 12 miles west of Center City, Philadelphia and adjacent to the Main Line. The community offers the convenience of regional amenities, while maintaining the ambiance of a small-town community. The Township is home to many small businesses, as well as cutting- edge national and international corporations. To learn more, visit https://newtownTownship.org.  

About the Pennsylvania Municipal League

The Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd class cities. The PML represents participating Pennsylvania cities, boroughs, townships, and home rule municipalities that all share the League’s municipal policy interests. PML provides a wide array of municipal services including legislative advocacy (on both the state and federal levels), publications designed to educate and inform, education and training certification programs, membership research and inquiries, consulting-based programs, group insurance trusts, and the statewide Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification. Specific to Southwestern Pennsylvania, PML is partnered with Sustainable Pittsburgh for outreach. 

About Sustainable Pittsburgh

Sustainable Pittsburgh works to support decision-makers in the Pittsburgh Region to improve the integration of economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality through fostering sustainable solutions for communities and businesses. Over the past 20 years, Sustainable Pittsburgh has proven adept at building coalitions for the policy and practice of sustainable development for southwestern Pennsylvania. SP educates and engages decision-makers and in turn elevates expectations for integration of the 3Es (environmental conservation, social equity, and economic prosperity) among government, businesses, nonprofits, and academia. 

Editor’s Note:  Photo and caption courtesy of Newtown Township

Photo: NT Silver Certification

Newtown Township has become certified through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program at the Silver level, for meeting the program's rigorous performance criteria that track 131 policies and practices used to define a sustainable community.   

The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, managed by the Pennsylvania Municipal League in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed to distinguish municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources, and serve vibrant communities. The certification is implemented statewide, recognizing boroughs, townships, cities, and home rule municipalities across the Commonwealth. Pictured (L to R): Edward Partridge, Supervisor; Christina Roberts Lightcap, Vice-Chair; Suzanne Wolanin, Sustainability Newtown Square Coordinator; Leonard B. Altieri, III, Esq., Chair; and Mike Russo Jr., Supervisor. 


                             

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