Newtown Township Recognized as a Certified Sustainable Municipality – Mainline Media News

NEWTOWN – The Township of Newtown has announced that it is one of a select group of high-performing municipalities to become certified under Pennsylvania’s Sustainable Community Certification Program. The Township of Newtown has been recognized at the Silver certification level for meeting the program’s rigorous performance criteria that follow 131 policies and practices used to define a sustainable community.

Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Certification, managed by the Pennsylvania Municipal League in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed to recognize municipalities that strive to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities. The certification is implemented statewide, recognizing boroughs, townships, cities and self-governing municipalities across the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Municipal League and Sustainable Pittsburgh commend municipalities for their demonstrated commitment and performance in sustainability.

“We are thrilled to see the Township of Newtown 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.

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

“The Township of Newtown is proud to be recognized as a Silver Certified Community by Pennsylvania’s Sustainable Community Certification Program,” said Leonard B. Altieri, III, chairman of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors. “The Township has a long-standing commitment to saving taxpayers’ money, using resources efficiently and applying best practices in municipal administration and community development. We are happy to be recognized and to be part of the regional good government community.

“I would like to thank all of the boards, commissions, committees and staff for their assistance in gathering information in support of this important program,” said Suzanne Wolanin, Newtown Square Sustainability Coordinator.

Pennsylvania’s Sustainable Community Certification is intended to provide recognition to municipalities that implement sustainability policies and practices to advance community and regional prosperity. It also serves as a mechanism for sharing best practices to create a more sustainable Pennsylvania. “Municipalities that earn Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Certification have demonstrated their commitment to advancing sustainable best practices to foster thriving, vibrant communities where people aspire to live, work and play. A commitment to continuous improvement and innovation is at the heart of sustainability, and the certification program is a way 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.

Melissa C. Keyes