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.
The municipality maintains or supports program/s to recognize local businesses or leaders who encourage or improve sustainability. Select all that apply.
A. The municipality recognizes local business or community leaders who foster sustainability in the community or region, either with awards or with posts in local newsletters or on social media.
https://warminstertownship.org/environment/ Businesses such as Vertical Screen Corporation and PNC Bank have built energy efficient LEED Platinum buildings in Warminster.
The municipality has policies to incentivize or encourage small-scale developers and developments. 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 reviewed zoning code and related ordinances to assess barriers to small scale developers.
The municipality supports local businesses and main street or economic development programs. Select all that apply.
C. The municipality supports an initiative to encourage residents to buy local. - D. The municipality maintains an inventory of local retail and B2B businesses on its website.
Health and Wellness
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.
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.
The municipality provides information and education related to air quality issues. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
C. Municipality supports public education regarding reducing air pollution and emissions.
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. - D. A program to promote safe walking to school is in place (including trails in suburban and rural communities).
Improving community health and wellness are specifically mentioned as a goal or issue in the municipality's comprehensive plan.
On our Sustainable PA website, we will create a profile recognizing your community when you earn certification. Please provide a quote from an elected official or staff member on the value of sustainability in your community. Please see the More Info button for where it will be used. Please provide the name and title/position of the person who the quote should be attributed to in the first text box below, and provide the quote in the user comments box below that.
Jessica Fox/Director of Parks and Recreation
This program has provided Warminster with the opportunity to analyze the current state of our township .It gives us the chance to see how we can improve and where we are headed.
Community Wide Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
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.
Municipal support is provided to a public program for residents and businesses to conserve energy, promote renewable energy sources, and mitigate carbon emissions. Municipal support can come in the form of direct funding, in-kind donations of time and/or physical resources, and/or assistance with community outreach. 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 provides support for a public program to promote energy efficiency. (documentation required)
https://warminstertownship.org/environment/ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Warminster Township encourages energy efficiency and conservation.
Vehicle Carbon Reduction and Efficiency
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)
We have made EV charging stations at our public parking lot at Warminster Community Park. We have installed them at our parks as the pictures provided show.
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.
B. Access management and/or congestion management programs have been evaluated and are being implemented to improve the flow of traffic and lower carbon emissions.
We are monitoring and evaluating ways to implement improvements to our roadways to improve the flow of traffic
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)
Human Scale Development
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.
A. The municipal comprehensive plan (or related plan) includes recommendations for improving and/or expanding Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
§ 27-1712 Use 10, transit-oriented development (TOD). [Ord. No. 762, 5/7/2020] This was adopted in accordance with our 2018 Comprehensive Plan
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.
C. Storefront requirements, signage, and street design are oriented towards the pedestrian. - D. The land use ordinances encourage other principles of mixed use/walkable neighborhoods. - E. The zoning ordinance incorporates form-based zoning to encourage walkable human scale growth. (documentation required)
§ 27-1712 Use 10, transit-oriented development (TOD). [Ord. No. 762, 5/7/2020] https://ecode360.com/36208438?highlight=walkability&searchId=6794977906970726#36208438
The comprehensive plan encourages walkable/mixed use development. Select all that apply.
A. The plan calls for retail, offices, commercial services, housing, and civic uses to exist in same district. - B. The plan calls for publicly accessible areas within walkable/mixed use neighborhoods. - C. The plan calls for compact housing and street design to encourage access to all amenities in those districts.
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.
Warminster is maintaining trails to connect our community even more
The municipality has created and is implementing plans and policies to improve bicycle infrastructure and increase bicycle usage. Select all that apply.
D. Regional public transit permits bicycles on its vehicles and/or has bike storage at key locations. - E. The municipality has bike racks at key locations around the town. - F. Police are trained on the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists and state law on passing bicycles.
The municipality has passed transit policies or built transit related infrastructure. Select all that apply.
The municipality actively promotes the use of transit on its website, newsletter, and/or other communication networks.
https://warminstertownship.org/public-transportation/ Senior Septa Pass information is available as well.
The zoning ordinance provides for or accommodates a full range of housing opportunities.
A. The municipality allows for more than 6 different types of housing (see the "more info" button for acceptable types). (documentation required)
https://ecode360.com/documents/WA2486/public/533840241.pdf page 5 it starts and continues says variety of housing opportunities and so forth throughout the document
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)
https://warminstertownship.org/download/2018-comprehensive-plan/?wpdmdl=10711&refresh=65299c89e5a681697225865 Support nonprofit agencies and other developers and managers of special-needs, supportive, and general?purpose affordable housing opportunities. ? Efficient land use is essential to Bucks Countys ability to continue to thrive in the future. It creates livable communities by sparing resources and providing a mix of land uses, a range of transportation options, a pedestrian?friendly environment, and a distinct sense of place, all of which cater to the populations social, economic, and physical basic needs. It is supported by a varied and affordable housing stock and sustainable, job?creating economic growth
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.
The comprehensive plan includes transportation-related recommendations and/or goals related to climate change, equitable access, and improving community health outcomes. Those transportation-related recommendations or goals include: (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.
F. Increasing bicycle, transit, and pedestrian commuting
Planning and Zoning
The municipality has up-to-date zoning and related ordinances that reflect the objectives of the comprehensive plan. Select all that apply.
B. The municipality has an up-to-date subdivision and land development ordinance (SALDO) that reflects the objectives of the comprehensive plan. - C. The municipality has passed other ordinances or policies to support or incentivize the objectives of the comprehensive plan.
https://ecode360.com/36210413?highlight=zoning,zoning%20ordinance&searchId=6794671571264525#search-highlight-36210413-0 Our township has passed or updated our zoning ordinances in accordance with the comprehensive plan
Parks and Habitat Programs
The municipality has passed an exception for no-mow or natural alternatives to residential lawns to aid in the absorption of stormwater, improve pollinator habitat and lower carbon emissions. Select all that apply.
B. The municipality provides information about this practice and its benefits on the municipal website.
Sustainable landscape maintenance practices are used for all parks and municipal grounds. 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 a defined organic landscaping plan in place and is implementing the plan to develop and maintain municipally owned green spaces. (documentation required) - B. The municipality has deployed alternatives to grass lawns on publicly owned green space, including replacing lawns with meadows, native plants, and trees. (documentation required) - F. The municipality limits water use by planting appropriate native species and timing waterings to conserve water.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNWDNa54QGE here is link for program
The municipality has been actively building out green space and parks to ensure access to all citizens. Select all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
C. Parks that have been built or redesigned in the last 10 years included a robust public input process.
Water Planning and Protection
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.
The municipality is actively working to restore wetlands and riparian areas, expand or revise current minimum riparian buffer zones, and/or implement living shoreline programs to provide natural flood abatement, breeding habitat, and improved stream conditions.
A. Yes (documentation required)
We are working to encourage establishing a Township?wide network of riparian buffers and promote restoration and maintenance of riparian buffers along streams, ponds, lakes, and where appropriate, wetlands.
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)
https://ecode360.com/WA2486/laws/LF1725787.pdf Neshaminy Creek Watershed Stormwater Management § 27-2103 Environmental standards. [Ord. No. 762, 5/7/2020] Part E
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.
E. One or more of the above items are benchmarked and progress towards the goal is tracked and reported on. - A. encouraging low impact development or enhanced stormwater management techniques to manage stormwater runoff and onsite stormwater infiltration where geologically effective. - B. protecting and preserving wetlands, waterways/riparian buffers.
The municipality has created an integrated water resources management (IWRM) or a 'One Water' plan to protect water quality, human health, and community assets. Choose all that apply. Please note: This question limits maximum points making it possible to earn 100% credit without choosing all answer options.
C. The plan includes a description of existing wastewater, stormwater, and watershed systems, and summary information describing the systems' current performance and use.
The comprehensive plan goes over the need to maintain and protect our waterways for a prosperous future
Land Conservation Management
The municipal comprehensive plan includes recommendations: 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)
D. for promoting community gardens and infill green space. - E. for expanding and/or improving parks, recreational spaces, and open space. - F. connecting parks and open with greenways and trails. - G. to expand park access so a majority of residents are within a walkable distance to a park. (must be under 1 mile - suggest 1/2 mile and have a goal of at least 90% of population) - H. to conserve and enhance areas where important wildlife and fish habitats exist and promote connectivity to allow species to migrate to suitable habitat (e.g., using land exchanges, conservation easements, leases; by removing barriers, etc.).
https://warminstertownship.org/download/2018-comprehensive-plan/?wpdmdl=10711&refresh=65299c89e5a681697225865 throughout the plan
The municipality or municipal authority supports or promotes a program for residents, institutions, and/or businesses to conserve water.
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)
Stormwater and Flooding
The municipality is working collaboratively with neighboring municipalities and community groups. Select all that apply.
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.
The municipality requires, incentivizes, or promotes green infrastructure techniques or "enhanced stormwater management" to mitigate runoff from onsite stormwater, such as pervious pavement, bioswales, and/or green roofs. Select all that apply.
B. The municipality promotes green infrastructure through incentives, design guidelines, and/or support for educational programs/workshops.
Energy Use, Conservation and Green Building
Municipal Energy Use
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.
There is ongoing professional development for municipal personnel and officials that includes participating in programs with (at a minimum of once per year) Pennsylvania Municipal League, Local Government Academy, PA DCED or other Pennsylvania municipal training association programs.
A. Yes, professional development has occured at a minimum of once per year for all or most staff and/or elected officials.
Attend the APMM Executive Development Conference and Annual Conference
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.
B. The municipality has an EAC or comparable committee, but has not yet incorporated all three aspects of sustainability or does not include at least one board member, staff member, or resident.
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 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.
Community Wide Materials Management
The municipality collects or contracts for recycling collection at the curb.
A. Yes, Required for Gold and Platinum.
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.
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)
A. Residential Collection - total waste sent to landfill or incinerator - B. Residential Collection - total recycling sent to Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) or equivalent - C. Residential Collection - total yard waste collected for composting - F. Commercial Collection - total recycling collected
here are the commercial Totals: MSW - 732.97 Ton OCC - 46.30 Ton Single Stream - 265.20 Ton and Residential (Apts, Townhomes, condos, Nursing homes) MSW - 1406.06 Ton Single Stream - 154.10 Ton All single Residential: Recycle 2462.17 Ton Y/W 1789.11 Ton MSW 9,115.35 Ton
The municipality supports or provides composting.
A. The municipality provides curbside brush and leaves collection for at least 10 weeks in the fall.
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://ecode360.com/14235026?highlight=recycling&searchId=6717984576113458#14235026 We have all the types of material we can recycle listing in the ordinance.
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. - C. The municipality provides free or very low cost recycling bins to improve the quality of the recycling stream. - D. The program includes curbside collection or a permanent drop off point for hard to recycle items and/or electronics.
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.
A. Aluminum - B. Steel - C. MIxed fibers (paper or cardboard) - D. Glass - E. Plastics HDPE and PETE (#'s 1 and 2) - F. Plastics - Mixed Plastics (#'s 3 thru 7 - please check this if you collect any of these)
Operations Materials Management
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).
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.
Governance and Community Engagement
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.
C. The municipality has a formal policy for all public safety officers to carry Narcan for use on members of the public. (documentation required) - D. The municipality has Narcan and information for recovery services available for the general public.
There isn't a policy needed. The county gives our department free Narcan kits and they are distributed to every officer.
Municipal planning is coordinated with the school district and the two meet together at least once per year.
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.
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.
Municipality is an active participant in a Council of Governments and regularly attends functions, participates in projects, and pays dues.
The municipality has financially assessed obligations for pensions, labor contract proposals for their duration, and other post-employment benefits.
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.).
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.
E. The budget includes line items for land conservation or park projects.
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.
A Historic Review Commission is active.
http://www.craven-hall.org/ https://williamtennenthouse.org/ William Tennent House Association Warminster Historical Society 267-961-2189 Craven Hall Historical Society
A demolition ordinance has been adopted that includes provisions to ensure the mitigation of harmful pollutants including lead and asbestos.
A. Yes (documentation required)
The demolition ordinances comes out of the uniform construction code from the state where all commercial demolition needs to be checked for asbestos and a form needs to be filed with DEP. https://www.dli.pa.gov/ucc/Pages/default.aspx
The municipality operates a rental inspection program for all non-owner occupied buildings. Select all that apply.
D. Code enforcement officers are trained on the rental inspection program.
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.
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
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.
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.
A. The municipality has up-to-date council meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes posted online. - 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. - 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.