Pine recognized for conservation efforts
Pine apparently is a model of sustainability for communities across Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Municipal League recently added Pine to its list of municipalities worthy of gold-level certification for trying to save money and conserve resources.
“It shows people that we're doing the right things,” township manager Scott Anderson said.
Sustainable Pittsburgh, a nonprofit group, partners with the Pennsylvania Municipal League to administer the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.
Months ago, Pam Alikhani, code support clerk for the township, began compiling information to document Pine's practices in support of sustainability.
“Achieving gold certification in the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program shows that the Township of Pine promotes responsibility in its growth and development,” Alikhani said. “Conservation of natural resources, improved quality of life for its residents and other elements of sustainability are the result.”
Pine's gold-level certification reflects how the township handles such areas as community design and land use, energy efficiency, mitigating blight, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, according to the Pennsylvania Municipal League.
Any municipality can apply for platinum-, gold-, silver-, bronze- or associate-level certification.
To earn gold-level certification, Pine — like Cranberry and Ross — earned between 136 and 202 points for its “yes” responses to the seven pages of questions. All three municipalities also provided web links to document 70 percent of their “yes” responses to earn gold-level certification.
So far, no Pennsylvania community has earned the highest possible, platinum-level certification awarded through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.
Alikhani cited the Northern Regional Police Department, which serves Richland, Pine, Marshall and Bradford Woods, as an example of Pine's intergovernmental cooperation.
Alikhani also cited Pine residents' expertise and willingness to volunteer on township committees among Pine's top assets.
Such volunteer panels include the Pine Township Environmental Advisory Council, a six-member board that advises the township's supervisors and planning commission on matters such as the protection, management and promotion of air, land and water resources.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.