ShareThis Page

Pine recognized for conservation efforts

| Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:06 p.m.

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 ddeasy@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.