Community Wide Materials Management
The municipality has a recycling program that includes the following: Select all that apply.
A. updated information on the website or in newsletters about recycling, guidelines for what is accepted, and recommendations for reducing, reusing, and repairing. - D. The program includes curbside collection or a permanent drop off point for hard to recycle items and/or electronics.
http://swarthmorepa.org/193/Trash-Recycling-Yard-Waste-Leaf-Collecti chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/http://swarthmorepa.org/DocumentCenter/View/2462/Spring-Newsletter The Borough also has a stand alone recycling center at our public works facility.
Municipality has an active litter prevention program.
The municipality has a waste reduction ordinance for commercial and institutional facilities requiring they recycle at least 5 materials types, including but not limited to: mixed fiber (paper), glass, aluminum, steel, cardboard, #'s 1 and 2 plastics.
A. Yes (documentation required)
https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/swarthmore/latest/swarthm_pa/0-0-0-16500#JD_1064.07 In our 2023 trash contract we allowed our commercial business community to work a program through the Borough to improve our overall program.
The municipality supports or provides composting.
A. The municipality provides curbside brush and leaves collection for at least 10 weeks in the fall. - C. Promotes education on backyard composting and reducing food waste.
http://www.swarthmorepa.org/193/Trash-Recycling-Yard-Waste-Leaf-Collecti The borough offers regular yard waste collection 24 times a year, we do curbside leaf collection in the fall and Christmas tree collection as well
The municipality contracts for residential solid waste and recycling collection as opposed to individual home owners contracting for the same.
A. Yes, Required for Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
The municipality has done an assessment or audit measuring the average annual tonnage sent to landfill or incinerator, the quality and volume of recycling, and the details of composting and hard to recycle collections.
A. Yes (documentation required)
The Borough receive annual reports from Delaware County Solid Waste and compares us to our neighboring communities.
What community-wide waste and recycling data does your municipality collect on an annual basis? Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options. (documentation required)
J. Commercial recycling material quantities by type (i.e. mixed fibers, plastic #1, glass, etc...) - I. Residential recycling material quantities by type (i.e. mixed fibers, plastic #1, glass, etc...) - G. Commercial Collection - total food collected for composting - F. Commercial Collection - total recycling collected - E. Commercial Collection - total waste sent to landfill or incinerator - D. Residential Collection - total food waste collected for composting - C. Residential Collection - total yard waste collected for composting - B. Residential Collection - total recycling sent to Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) or equivalent - A. Residential Collection - total waste sent to landfill or incinerator
We do not have our 2022 totals complete yet.
The municipality collects the following types of recyclable materials at the curb. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
F. Plastics - Mixed Plastics (#'s 3 thru 7 - please check this if you collect any of these) - E. Plastics HDPE and PETE (#'s 1 and 2) - D. Glass - C. MIxed fibers (paper or cardboard) - B. Steel - A. Aluminum
The municipality collects or contracts for recycling collection at the curb.
A. Yes, Required for Gold and Platinum.
Operations Materials Management
All municipal buildings have an active recycling program. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
A. There is a active recycling program for all municipal operations. - C. The program includes informational signage at waste/recycling receptacles. - D. There is regular internal communications and training supporting the program and reminding employees.
In which of the following ways does the municipality track its internal or operational waste? Select all that apply.
A. We collect waste data from our hauler(s).
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Equitable Policies and Practices
Develop a diversity and inclusion vision and plan for the municipality. Required for Silver, Gold, and Platinum
A. The municipality has developed a diversity and inclusion vision for the municipality. Required for Gold, and Platinum. (documentation required)
The municipality has held the following trainings (or had municipal officials attend) on state and federal laws within the last three years. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
B. Sexual Harassment - A. Equal opportunity employment
The municipality is engaged in programs to communicate that the community is welcoming to persons who represent diversity. For example: sister city relations, diversity sensitivity training, multilingual signage, etc. (documentation required) Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
D. The community actively supports public events celebrating social and cultural diversity such as MLK day, Juneteenth, Pride, Cinco de Mayo, etc.
The Borough advertises events celebrating various holidays on our website, social media and internal bulletin board as they are provided to us. I do not have pictures of our internal bulletin board that we allow events to be advertised on. I went back and my social media staff member only posted that we are closed.
The municipality has taken or regularly takes the following actions to ensure it is improving organizational diversity and inclusion. Some of these steps could be included as part of vision, strategy, or plan development. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
F. The municipality has formed partnerships with community or cultural groups to notify underrepresented groups of open positions or committee seats. - D. The municipality has written job descriptions for every position and clear employment policies that have been reviewed by a solicitor or qualified labor attorney. - A. The municipality has a written policy to ensure a wide range of candidates are sought, encouraged to apply, and interviewed for all job openings. Required for Silver, Gold, and Platinum. (documentation required)
We work through the Delaware County Office of Diversity to notify them of job openings.
Governance and Community Engagement
The police chief or other public safety officers offer a regular public forum (quarterly at the minimum) providing an opportunity for the public to discuss community concerns with police commanders. For example: 'Coffee with Chief' or regular neighborhood community meetings.
Our police department holds open houses and our chief visits condo associations and the senior organizations.
The municipality collaborates with neighboring municipalities in the provision of public safety services. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
D. Municipality participates in a regional service program or contracts services to or through other municipalities for EMS. - C. Municipality participates in a regional service program or contracts services to or through other municipalities for police. - B. Municipality participates in a regional service program or contracts services to or through other municipalities for firefighting services. - A. Municipality maintains updated public safety mutual aid agreements with neighboring municipalities and shares resources.
The municipality has evaluated the efficacy of the community's emergency preparedness systems and has a plan for maintenance or improvement. Select all that apply.
A. The municipality has assessed the efficacy of the community's emergency preparedness systems. - C. There is a policy in place to regularly review existing emergency response resources, systems, and plans.
We meet regularly with the police and fire company to discuss needs
The municipality has assessed the state of the opioid epidemic or drug related incidences in their community, created a response plan, and has policies in place to mitigate the problem. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
A. The community has assessed the state of the opioid epidemic in their community or has done so in partnership with a larger regional entity (COG, County, Health Dept., etc.). (1) - D. The municipality has Narcan and information for recovery services available for the general public. - E. The municipality has a policy where police officers are encouraged to exercise discretionary authority at point of contact to divert individuals to a community-based, harm-reduction intervention for law violations driven by unmet behavioral health need
Municipality is an active participant in a Council of Governments and regularly attends functions, participates in projects, and pays dues.
The community shares services or equipment with neighboring communities or has studied what it would take to do so. For example snow removal equipment, public works employees, etc. Sharing of public safety services covered in next section. Select all that apply.
A. The municipality shares services, personnel, or equipment with a neighboring municipality such as snow removal, a utility truck, or a public works function.
The municipality utilizes written Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreements (ICA) to engage in multi-municipal endeavors. Select all that apply.
A. The municipality has at least one written intergovernmental cooperation (ICA) agreement (updated in the last 15 years). (documentation required)
The municipality and local public schools cooperate to share facilities and other resources. For example, the municipality assists with the cost of evening lifeguards for community use or the provision of crossing guards.
Municipal planning is coordinated with the school district and the two meet together at least once per year.
The municipality utilizes the following best practices for creating, managing, and publicizing the municipal budget. Select all that apply.
C. Funds equivalent to a minimum of 2 months worth of expenditures or revenue are carried over year to year. - D. When the final budget is advertised it includes working documents to help the public to better prepare themselves to comment on and/or support the final budget. - E. The municipal budget includes a written narrative explaining key points and goals to the public. This is required to earn additional points for including sustainability items in the budget. (documentation required)
The community has an up-to-date capital improvement plan. Select all that apply.
A.The municipality has a capital improvement plan that was created within the last 5 years and/or was updated in the last 3 years. (documentation required) - B. The capital improve plan has implementable steps. - D. The municipality annually reports to the public on the progress of the capital improvement plan.
The budget includes a written narrative explaining the details of the budget including key points, goals, and/or changes to better communicate important details to the public. Select all that apply.
F. The budget includes line items for Climate Action Plan or carbon reduction actions not related to other answers in this section. - E. The budget includes line items for land conservation or park projects. - C. The budget includes funding for transportation projects that improve multimodal access and/or carbon reduction. (must go beyond maintenance or repaving work) - B. The budget includes funding for equity trainings or initiatives.
The municipality has financially assessed obligations for pensions, labor contract proposals for their duration, and other post-employment benefits.
A. Obligations for pensions/other post-employment benefits are funded for the long-term to at least 80%. (documentation required) - B. The municipality financially assesses each labor contract proposal for the contract's duration looking specifically at how the overall costs will affect the community's budget (looking at pensions, leave, healthcare, salaries, etc.).
https://www.swarthmorepa.org/DocumentCenter/View/2408/2023-budget https://www.swarthmorepa.org/2210/Pension-Committee Our pension obligation decreased based on the information provided to us by our actuary. In 2023, the Borough has zero MMO obligation for non-uniform and our MMO obligation in 2023 for the police pension is $257,373 which is a decrease from our 2022 obligation. I have attached a document from our Actuary which shows the non-uniform pension funded at 107.1% and the police pension at 89.6%
The municipality has elected to administer and enforce Pennsylvania's Uniform Construction Code (UCC) and the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC). Select all that apply.
A. The municipality administers the UCC. - B. The municipality administers the IMPC.
A demolition ordinance has been adopted that includes provisions to ensure the mitigation of harmful pollutants including lead and asbestos.
A. Yes (documentation required)
https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/swarthmore/latest/swarthm_pa/0-0-0-22464 Though our ordinance does not specifically call out specific mitigation of harmful pollutants, we do require a building permit in accordance with our code and the Uniform Construction code. We require contractors follow state and federal law since DEP is responsible for this oversight. Before we issue a building permit we require a certification from the contractor that hazardous materials have been properly removed.
The municipality supports or promotes a program to test for and remediate lead in privately owned plumbing systems.
The municipality is actively working to remediate blighted, vacant, and/or abandoned buildings and/or brownfields in their community. Select all that apply.
B. The municipality maintains a current inventory of vacant, abandoned, and/or blighted properties. (documentation required)
Our Borough is a very vibrant community with two vacant homes. We have one home that we have taken control over and have an appointed conservator under the Blight Act and the other one we are in the process of getting a conservator appointed. The Borough has utilized the Blight act one other time. Our commercial district is full.
The municipality communicates regularly with the public about public meetings, municipal news, and other important information. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
D. Municipality regularly communicates via Facebook and/or Twitter or a specifically designed civic engagement app like Civic Plus or Nextdoor. - C. Municipality communicates with the public via a regularly scheduled newsletter or regularly updated and dated web-based news postings. - B. The municipality broadcasts public meetings on an online platform (Zoom, Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) and has links to recorded public meetings on their municipal website. - A. The municipality has up-to-date council meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes posted online.
Municipality works with schools and/or local nonprofits/community organizations to engage students about community issues such as waste reduction and recycling, public safety, wellness, conservation, nature, etc.
Municipal-sponsored events (Community Day, Light Up the Night, parades, etc.) have a sustainability-awareness component, i.e. have activities, displays, or a booth helping to explain measures attendees can take to improve their sustainability or to illustrate what the municipality is doing to improve community sustainability.
A. 3 or more events annually
The Borough participates in stream clean-ups, Our EAC sets up a table and hold events at our farmers market. The tree committee holds 2 volunteer tree planting days.
The municipality supports local businesses and main street or economic development programs. Select all that apply.
D. The municipality maintains an inventory of local retail and B2B businesses on its website. - C. The municipality supports an initiative to encourage residents to buy local. - B. The municipality is collaborating with local businesses to make pedestrian improvements to encourage more foot traffic. (documentation required) - A. The municipality has an active main street program or economic development corporation. (documentation required)
https://www.swarthmorepa.org/DocumentCenter/View/875/2018-19-STC-Brochure http://www.swarthmoretowncenter.com/ https://www.swarthmorepa.org/2280/Public-Realm-Project https://www.swarthmorepa.org/DocumentCenter/View/78/SwarthmoreBikePedMasterPlan-2013?bidId=
The municipal website provides businesses with a list of programs, tools, and resources they can use to improve community sustainability. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
D. The landing page provides links to relevant zoning, permitting and related programs that might be needed by business leaders.
Health and Wellness
The municipality considers and promotes health and wellness. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
A. The municipality provides access to recreational opportunities and amenities to promote active and healthy lifestyles (this can include ecotourism, river/creek access for fishing, hiking and walking trails with programming, etc.). - B. The municipality runs, supports, and/or promotes, exercise and/or wellness programs for all age groups. - C. The municipally runs or supports community wellness program/s addressing issues of mental health, such as social isolation, suicide prevention, PTSD/Trauma and/or others.
The municipality supports local food access by assessing access, planning, and/or supporting programs or policies that increase local food access. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
C. The municipality supports educational programs for residents on the benefits of organic and locally purchased food. - D. The municipality supports local farmers markets or food stands in the community. - E. The local farmers market or stand accepts snap or similar benefits. (documentation required)
https://swarthmoretowncenter.com/swarthmore-farmers-market https://www.facebook.com/swarthmorefarmersmarket/photos/dont-forget-that-we-welcome-snap-ebtaccess-payments-along-with-something-new-thi/2034829823226397/?paipv=0&eav=AfYkvxpTkidrOfqsMWabUNi46OhYs65KwYJj7RxFSgqYjR9Q1dyG0n48aLAVpz9h2RI&_rdr https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/spotlight-on-the-swarthmore-farmers-market/
The municipality enforces policies to improve air quality and limit resident exposure to sources of poor air quality. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
A. A burn ban has been formally adopted and made part of municipal ordinance, and State or County outdoor wood-fired boiler construction and operation is in accordance with state law. - B. The municipality enforces the state's anti-idling law, including posting signs in high-traffic areas and near vulnerable populations (schools, nursing homes, outdoor event areas, etc.) - C. The municipality provides informational pamphlets to locations with signage and/or hands them directly to violators.
Community Wide Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
The municipality has passed a resolution committing to making the transition to 100% renewable energy, such as Sierra Club's Ready for 100 initiative.
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The municipality has taken the following actions to improve market conditions for installing solar energy systems on residential and commercial buildings. Select all that apply.
A. The municipality has updated zoning regulations (preferably working with an expert) to remove any barriers to solar energy systems. (documentation required) - B. Residential and commercial ground mounted solar systems considered accessory use are permitted by right in most zoning districts. (documentation required) - C. Residential and commercial roof mounted solar systems do not require zoning permits or are permitted by right in most zoning districts. - D. The municipality has a solar specific process for permitting solar installations. (documentation required) - E. The municipality has a solar landing page on their website for how the solar permitting process works and for providing resources.
https://www.swarthmorepa.org/2263/Solar-Smart-Swarthmore We do not charge a building permit for solar.
The municipality has implemented and is actively enforcing Pennsylvania's energy-efficiency building codes. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
A. The municipality has conducted an assessment of how well Pennsylvania's currently adopted energy-efficiency building codes are being implemented and enforced. Must have occurred after Oct 1, 2018 when the 2015 IBC codes were adopted. - B. Municipal code officials have received training on the energy-efficiency codes.
Our code officials are ICC Certified and receive regular training.
The municipality promotes their County's Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE) program.
B. No, our county has not adopted a CPACE program, but we have asked or we will ask them to adopt the program.
Vehicle Carbon Reduction and Efficiency
The municipality has plans or policies designed to improve vehicle efficiency and shift drivers to more sustainable forms of travel. The goals of vehicle efficiency programs or practices should be secondary to protecting the safety, convenience, connectivity, and accessibility of the system for bicycle, pedestrian, and other non-motorized vehicular traffic. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
A. The municipality supports a program to educate citizens and/or business on the benefits of transportation demand-side management. - C. The municipality is implementing smart signalization in high volume vehicular transportation corridors. (documentation required) - D. Carpooling/vanpooling is promoted and/or facilitated by the municipality.
The municipality has analyzed and/or implemented parking policy to increase efficiency and improve street-level parking access. Select all that apply.
A. A parking study or analysis has been done to assess available parking for one or more commercial business districts. This could be stand-alone or as part of Comp Plan. (documentation required) - B. Parking fees or permitting have been updated to improve traffic flow, reduce "circling," and improve street-level parking access for local businesses.
TownCenter parking study was completed in the traffic study completed for a public real project. https://www.swarthmorepa.org/2280/Public-Realm-Project
The municipality is taking steps to improve Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption in the community. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
A. The municipality has assessed EV Infrastructure and created a plan for where the municipal government should install chargers on government owned property. - B. Public electric vehicle charging stations are available at all or most municipally owned lots. (documentation required) - C. Municipality provides information about available EV charging infrastructure on its website.
The borough has EV charging stations at Borough Hall and are requiring it with new development projects.
The municipality has completed a vehicle fleet assessment to analyze the potential for lower- or zero-carbon vehicles, right-sizing vehicles for the job/trip requirement, replacing older diesel trucks or equipment with cleaner technology. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
D. The municipality has replaced one or more vehicles with hybrids or electric vehicles. (documentation required) - E. The municipality has replaced more than 50% of its vehicles with hybrid or electric vehicles. (documentation required)
All police cars are hybrid vehicles.
Human Scale Development
The zoning and SALDO ordinances promote walkable, mixed use development. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
E. The zoning ordinance incorporates form-based zoning to encourage walkable human scale growth. (documentation required) - D. The land use ordinances encourage other principles of mixed use/walkable neighborhoods. - C. Storefront requirements, signage, and street design are oriented towards the pedestrian. - B. The community's land use ordinances encourage compact design to ensure that the distances between amenities and services are accessible by pedestrians. - A. The zoning ordinance, SALDO, or district overlays have districts that permit retail, officies, commercial services, housing, and civic uses in the same district. (documentation required)
Zoning and/or SALDO ordinances have been updated to reduce parking requirements, establish a parking maximum, or to eliminate parking requirements altogether, where transit is available.
A. There are areas within the community with reduced parking minimums for developers. (documentation required)
The municipality has plans or policies to increase or improve Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the community. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
B. There are TOD overlays or districts in the municipal land use ordinances for areas with fixed guideway stations and high frequency transit. (documentation required)
The Borough currently is doing a rewrite of our Town Center Zoning ordinance that will include overlays. The TC Ordinance is already transit related because our downtown features a SEPTA Regional Rail.
The municipality has created and is implementing plans and policies to improve bicycle infrastructure and increase bicycle usage. Select all that apply.
F. Police are trained on the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists and state law on passing bicycles. - E. The municipality has bike racks at key locations around the town. - D. Regional public transit permits bicycles on its vehicles and/or has bike storage at key locations. - C. The municipality actively promotes bicycling with information provided on its website, newsletter, and/or other communication networks.
The municipality has built out a bicycle infrastructure network that reaches a significant portion of the population (within 1/2 mile); the infrastructure must be constituted primarily of protected or separated bike lanes, and/or dedicated trails, and less than 50% of the system is comprised of 'share the road (sharrows)' or 'on road/unseparated ' routes. (documentation required)
B. The municipality has bicycle infrastructure that reaches 50% of the population.
Public works staff has installed "Bike to City" path signs on Borough streets. We also provide bike racks at Borough Hall and within the Town Center district. SEPTA also provides bike racks at the train station.
The municipality is developing and maintaining residential multimodal infrastructure. Select all that apply.
A. The municipality is developing and maintaining bicycling and walking trails that extend and connect the community's sidewalks, key community assets/amenities, and park systems. - B. The municipality has created a sidewalk improvement program that provides incentives to property owners to maintain and/or rebuild their sidewalks and/or is actively building sidewalks where there are gaps in neighborhood connections.
The municipality does an annual borough wide sidewalk inspection because we area walkable town. We have concentrated on improving ADA curb ramps and were awarded a $200k grant to replace 40+ ada curb ramps in the borough.
The municipality has passed transit policies or built transit related infrastructure. Select all that apply.
The municipality has completed or participated in a transit access assessment either as a stand alone process or as part of a comprehensive planning or ecodistrict process. This can also be part of a regional process. - The municipality actively promotes the use of transit on its website, newsletter, and/or other communication networks.
The zoning ordinance provides for or accommodates a full range of housing opportunities.
B. The municipality allows for four or five different types of housing. (documentation required)
An assessment has been completed analyzing the need for affordable/equitable housing in the community and region. It can be a part of the community's comprehensive planning process or completed by a community organization with municipal support. It is important that the assessment considers the region as a whole, because many communities have been segregated from the issues of the region they exist within. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
E. The assessment included considerations access to jobs. - D. The assessment included considerations for fresh food and/or passive and active recreational amenities. - C. The assessment included considerations for access to transportation (including walkability and transit). - B. The assessment included considerations for energy burden. - A. The municipality has created or supported the creation of an affordable/equitable housing assessment. (documentation required)
The municipality has a plan to improve access to affordable/equitable residential housing. The plan can be a part of the community's comprehensive plan or could be created by a community organization with municipal support. Select all that apply.
A. A plan has been created for how to close the needs gap for affordable/equitable residential housing. (documentation required)
Community Leaders are actively involved with regional planning discussions/processes around improved transit and active transportation options. Select all that apply.
A. Municipal leaders actively attend and support regional transportation planning initiatives or collaborations, including for example with a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), County, Council of Government (COG) or other regional organization. - B. The regional organization that the municipality is involved with, has created a transit or active transportation plan.
Planning and Zoning
Two or more of the municipality's planning officials (planning commission members, planning department staff, code officials) have attended trainings on the following land use topics. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
E. Other sustainability related trainings (documentation required) - D. Complete streets or accessible transportation systems (documentation required) - C. Climate Change or energy reduction policies (documentation required) - B. Stormwater best practices and policies (documentation required)
In July of 2022 we required our planning commission and staff to watch the below video on fair housing. I have also attached my certificates from the PHRC conference I attended this year that dealt with sustainability practices for housing and also had a day on stormwater management.
Water Planning and Protection
The municipality has an ordinance aimed to incentivize or mandate the protection and/or restoration of riparian buffers, wetlands, and waterways.
A. Yes (documentation required)
The comprehensive plan (or separate water-specific plans that are currently in use - such as a One Water plan or a flood mitigation plan) includes recommendations for: Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
B. protecting and preserving wetlands, waterways/riparian buffers. - A. encouraging low impact development or enhanced stormwater management techniques to manage stormwater runoff and onsite stormwater infiltration where geologically effective.
The municipality has developed and implemented a Stormwater Management Plan of Best Management Practices including all 6 minimum control measures, including Public Education and Outreach, Public Participation, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Runoff Control, Post Construction Runoff Control, and Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping, to meet the MS4 requirements.
Land Conservation Management
Municipal land use ordinances protect or expand valuable green space and ecologically important assets including: Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
D. tree/woodland replacement criteria
The municipality has written policies and/or incentives to conserve environmentally and ecologically sensitive places, including: (documentation required) Select all that apply.
A. Slopes over 25% and/or slide prone soils and geology - C. Mature woodlands
The municipal water, sewer authority, and/or water supplier has created and adopted a pricing structure designed to conserve water usage, where the price per unit increases with volume of water consumed or conveyed. (no volume discounts)
The municipality or municipal authority supports or promotes a program for residents, institutions, and/or businesses to conserve water.
Stormwater and Flooding
The municipality is working collaboratively with neighboring municipalities and community groups. Select all that apply.
A. The community collaborates with other municipalities and authorities in their watershed to manage source water, treatment and distribution, sewage, and stormwater. - B. The municipality collaborates with (or has recruited/fostered) a watershed group or organization to protect and improve the wetlands and waterways located in the community's watersheds.
Energy Use, Conservation and Green Building
Municipal Energy Use
What percentage of the municipalitys energy use was produced from renewable sources? Please calculate for the current year using the total energy use, renewable energy use, and current year you reported above. See "more info" for calculation instructions.
By what percentage has the municipality reduced its energy use intensity compared to the baseline performance? Please calculate based on changes between the current year and base year you reported above. See more info for calculation instructions. A reduction is required for Platinum.
Municipality has retrofitted or replaced at least 90% of street lights, outdoor lighting, and traffic signals with LED bulbs. Select all that apply.
A. Yes, the municipality has started the process but does not yet have 90% of their lights converted. - C. Yes, and in order to further lower energy consumption and lessen dark sky pollution the municipality dims the lights during the least active periods of the night and ensures they are appropriately sized and shielded.
The Borough continually replaces street lights to reduce energy and cost. We have also purchased adjustable wattage. Our inventory list exceeds the allowable file size.
Do you have a year or more worth of data to share about the municipality's energy use? If so, please select "yes" below and then click "more info" for instructions on how to report. Please note: you must submit this data to earn points for quantified energy reductions in the following questions.
A. Yes (documentation required)
Do you track your energy usage? Required for Gold and Platinum. Select all that apply.
A. We monitor and record our energy use. Required for Gold.
To what extent has the municipality engaged in an energy audit for municipally owned buildings? Select all that apply. See below for required documentation. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
C. We have implemented some of the recommendations from the energy audit. - B. We have undergone a professionally-conducted energy audit. (documentation required) - A. We have conducted an in-house energy audit (e.g., using a checklist found online, etc.). (documentation required)
The municipality has passed a resolution to affirm (or reaffirm) participation in the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification Program. Required for Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
A. Yes. Required for Silver, Gold, and Platinum. (documentation required)
The municipality has a sustainability program. Required for Gold and Platinum. Select all that apply.
B. An executive/management-level municipal staff person has responsibility for management of the municipal sustainability program expressly included in their job description. (documentation required) - C. The goals of the sustainability program are aligned with the goals of the community's comprehensive plan. - D. There is ongoing training for municipal employees and officials with the goal of advancing the objectives of the municipal sustainability program.
As the manager, I am the individual responsible to oversee all operations.
The community has an active sustainability team, an Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), or comparable body that has at least one board member, one staff member, and one resident who is responsible for advising and/or creating policy and conducting outreach related to all three aspects of sustainability: Environment, Equity, and Economy. Required for Silver, Gold and Platinum.
A. The municipality has an active sustainability team, EAC, or comparable committee that has incorporated all three aspects of sustainability. Required for Silver, Gold, and Platinum. (documentation required)
The sustainability team has goals, and reports annually to the public on its progress towards achieving those goals. Select all that apply.
A. The sustainability team has specific goals.
The Borough provides funding to our tree committee to plant tress annually. We have provided the EAC reimbursement for giveaway programs but this was not directly in our budget.
The municipality has done a resiliency assessment and has created a resilience plan. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
B. The municipality has created a resiliency plan either as part of a climate action, comprehensive, or ecodistrict plan, or as a stand alone document. (documentation required)
The community has conducted emergency communications planning and/or has adopted a reverse 911 system. This can be part of disaster preparedness process. Select all that apply.
B. The community uses a reverse 911 system. - A. Yes the community has conducted emergency communications planning.