The Pennsylvania Municipal League has started a statewide program "for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities," and the City of Lancaster is the first to be certified through it.
“The City of Lancaster, under the leadership of Mayor (Rick) Gray, has been a leader in innovation and progressive local government practices. It is fitting they would be the first municipality to achieve Gold status via this new PML initiative, Sustainable PA,” PML Executive Director Richard J. Schuettler said in a news release.
The League-administered program is a free, voluntary online certification system that provides a structure and performance platform for recognition of municipalities as they embrace sustainable policies and programs.
Lancaster is recognized at the gold level of certification for meeting the program's performance criteria, which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community.
In earning the gold certification, Lancaster is acknowledged for its progress in addressing areas such as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, mitigating blight, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls and internal management and operations. Details regarding how the city is addressing these areas and information about its certification performance can be found on the certification program’s website.
“Planning for the present and the future requires a sustainable approach. To be recognized as a Gold Sustainable PA Community is an honor, but it is also a challenge to do more,” said Gray. “Sustainable communities are attractive to current and future residents and businesses. ‘Sustainable’ equates with ‘successful.'”