Mt. Lebanon named certified silver sustainable municipality

Published Feb 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm (Updated Feb 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm)
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Mt. Lebanon is among the first municipalities to become certified through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program. The municipality earned a Silver certification for meeting the program’s rigorous performance criteria, which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community.

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The Sustainable Community Essentials Certification, developed by the non-profit group Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities. It applauds municipalities for demonstrated commitment and sustainability performance.

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In earning the certification, Mt. Lebanon received points in 21 different categories. Among other things, Mt. Lebanon earned points for:

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• Adopting sustainability policies, goals and principals

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• Using a historic preservation board

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• Using an environmental sustainability board

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• Promoting safe walking to schools

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• Conducting an energy audit

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• Investing in water, sewer and stormwater systems

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• Adopting tree and wetland protection and management policies

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• Recycling in all municipal buildings

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• Encouraging residents to buy local

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For more information on the score, visit www.sustainablecommunityessentials.org.

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