Pennsylvania has developed standards for building sustainable communities, and Upper Makefield Township is working to meet those high goals. In Pennsylvania’s terms, a sustainable community works well to save money, conserve resources and encourage innovation. The program focuses on municipal operations, policies and practices.
In late 2015, the Board of Supervisors authorized Township staff to pursue Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Certification. Many of Upper Makefield’s ongoing efforts made the township eligible for Gold Certification, including:
- Development of joint regional planning documents
- Communications programing
- A HARB –Historical Architectural Review Board
- Open Space preservation activities
- Emergency management planning and programming
- Coordinated programming with community organizations
- Stormwater management programs
- Wastewater management programs
- Environmental awareness programs
Aiming for Platinum Designation
Pennsylvania’s Platinum designation for Sustainable Community is a much higher standard than the Gold designation. A unique aspect of this program is that proof of achievement in each area is shown by links to pages on our website. As such, Upper Makefield officials have committed to ongoing work in meeting the platinum-level standards. You can learn more about the Sustainable Community program here.