I am committed to making the Township as “green” as possible. Examples of my efforts include working with the Township to increase its use of technology, while reducing the use of paper. thereby saving trees, etc. Commissioners now receive their agendas electronically (they are no longer delivered by the Police), and there are other initiatives in the works.
Climate Action Plan
The Township has also developed a Climate Action Plan in conjuction with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI, formerly the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives”). By joining with ICLEI, the Township has recognized the profound effect that greenhouse gases emitted by human activity are having on the Earth’s climate. As a member of ICLEI, the Township receives resources, assistance, and information to help move through the ICLEI 5-Milestone methodology for climate protection:
- Milestone 1: Conduct a baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast.
- Milestone 2: Adopt an emissions reduction target.
- Milestone 3: Develop a Climate Action Plan for reducing emissions.
- Milestone 4: Implement policies and measures identified in your Climate Action Plan.
- Milestone 5: Monitor, re-evaluate, and verify results.
The Climate Action Plan marks the completion of the third milestone in ICLEI’s Five Milestone process. Click here to read a copy of the Climate Action Plan.
The Township obtained a $190,000 Department of Energy grant from stimulus funds, which was required to be used for energy-efficiency programs. The Township applied these funds to pay for the street light conversions required in the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Action Plan adopted in 2008 by the Board of Commissioners.
As a result of receiving these funds, the Township targeted mercury vapor lights for replacement because the lights (1) will no longer be produced after 2012, and (2) would eventually need to be converted to another type of lighting. Consequently, the oard of Commissioners approved a contract in June with McGoldrick as the lowest bidder for the work.
All lights have been installed, and the energy savings have been substantial.
Contact Dan Siegel With Your Suggestions
I welcome your suggestions how the Township can be more green. Please feel free to contact me at (610) 446-1117 or by clicking here to send an email.