The evening of December 5th, 2011, representatives of Nether Providence, Rose Valley, Rutledge and Swarthmore gathered to officially sign a resolution to reduce Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by the year 2020.
“I am happy to reaffirm Nether Providence’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and working with our neighbors to solve those problems which we cannot solve alone,” said Nate Much, President of the Nether Providence Board of Commissioners. “Since the passing of our individual Greenhouse Gas Reduction Resolution this past June, Nether Providence has received funding for a LED street light pilot project and was a co-applicant for the Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge, but our efforts are just beginning and we look forward to working with our partner communities over the next eight years to reach this goal.”
Diane McGaughey, President of the Rutledge Borough Council said, “I am proud of the collaboration between our four communities. We are learning from each other and making positive progress by working together in a multi-municipal approach on environmental matters.”
“The municipalities and schools of the Wallingford Swarthmore School District, along with Swarthmore College have also made a commitment to work together to reach the goal of reducing green house gas emissions in our towns by 20 percent by 2020,” said Melissa Lewicki, Swarthmore Borough Council. “Although our numbers are small, we can have a significant impact on the way others around us view greenhouse gas emissions and energy savings. The added benefit is that energy users can learn ways to save money and energy through aFewSteps.org, which grew out of the interests of municipalities Environmental Advisory Councils.” Phil Coleman, a Swarthmore EAC member and President of the newly formed non-profit aFewSteps.org, discussed the efforts underway to help educate all four communities on energy savings –more green in your pocket and community.
“As Mayor of Swarthmore, charged with the oversight of the Borough Police, I want to do all I can to follow in the town’s long tradition of protecting the environment,” said Swarthmore Mayor Richard Lowe. “To that end, after I took office, I requested that the police spend an extra hour a day out of their cars walking through the Business District. This has resulted in lower fuel costs and improved visibility of the police force.”
The plan includes a range of ideas for the entire community including replacing municipal government vehicles with hybrids and smaller vehicles; making municipal buildings more energy efficient; replacing street lights with energy efficient LED lamps; and expanding existing tree planting programs.
Each community passed its own resolution that was affirmed today. To see Nether Providence’s resolution, visit: http://www.netherprovidence.org/dnn
/brbTownshipbrBoardsandCommitteesb/EnvironmentalAdvisoryCommittee.aspx. The plan was developed with the assistance of Temple University’s Center for Sustainability. Funding was provided by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection. For additional information see the Plan at – Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities, December 2010. Download report (1.2Mb PDF) Action Plan, Final Draft (447Kb PDF)