Harris Township has earned Sustainable Pennsylvania Community gold certification, recognizing the township among high-performing municipalities for sustainability practices in the commonwealth.
The township earned the certification for meeting criteria that track 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community through operations, management and public service.
The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, managed by the Pennsylvania Municipal League in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh, recognizes municipalities "that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities," and to advance community and regional prosperity through sustainability practices, according to a news release.
Harris Township's gold certification recognizes its progress in areas such as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls and internal management.
"We are delighted to see Harris Township distinguished among local governments that are leading the way in applying sustainability to both their operations and management as well as within the community," said Anne McCollum, director of training and development for the Pennsylvania Municipal League.
Details about Harris Township's performance for each certification criteria can be found here.