Elizabeth Township is Recognized as a Certified Sustainable Municipality




Elizabeth Township recognized as certified sustainable municipality


Elizabeth, PA – December 16, 2016 Elizabeth Township announced today it is among a select group of high performing municipalities to become certified through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.  Elizabeth Township is recognized at the silver level of certification for meeting the program’s rigorous performance criteria which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community.


The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, administered by the Pennsylvania Municipal League in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources, and serve vibrant communities. Originally deployed in Southwestern Pennsylvania by Sustainable Pittsburgh, the certification has gone state-wide recognizing small, medium, and large municipalities across the Commonwealth.  The Pennsylvania Municipal League and Sustainable Pittsburgh applaud municipalities for their demonstrated commitment and sustainability performance.


In earning the silver certification, Elizabeth Township is acknowledged for its progress in addressing such areas 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 Elizabeth Township is addressing these areas can be found on the certification program’s website: www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org.


“We are delighted to see Elizabeth 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 Gail Markovitz, Director of Training, Pennsylvania Municipal League.


The Certified Community by the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification is intended to bring recognition to municipalities that are applying the policy and practice of sustainability as their way of operating in order to advance community prosperity. It also serves as a mechanism for sharing best practices for creating a more sustainable Pennsylvania.  “Municipalities that earn the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification are standouts in demonstrating adherence to best practices that elevate them as communities of choice to live, work, and play.  Commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of sustainability and the certification program is a means to accelerate municipal performance,” said Court Gould, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh.
Details about Elizabeth Township’s certification performance can be found by linking to www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org.


For more information, please visit www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org


About The Pennsylvania Municipal League

The Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd class cities. The PML represents participating Pennsylvania cities, townships, town, boroughs, and home rule municipalities that all share the League’s municipal policy interests.  PML provides a wide array of municipal services including legislative advocacy (on both the state and federal levels), publications designed to educate and inform, education and training certification programs, membership research and inquiries, consulting-based programs, group insurance trusts, and the statewide Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification. Specific to Southwestern Pennsylvania, PML is partnered with Sustainable Pittsburgh for outreach.


About Sustainable Pittsburgh Sustainable Pittsburgh affects decision-making in the Pittsburgh Region to integrate economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality as the enduring accountability bringing sustainable solutions for communities and businesses.  Over the past 18 years, Sustainable Pittsburgh has proven adept at building coalitions for the policy and practice of sustainable development for southwestern Pennsylvania.  SP educates and engages decision-makers and in turn elevates expectations for integration of the 3Es (environmental conservation, social equity, and economic prosperity) among government, businesses, nonprofits and academia.


Allegheny County Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Allegheny County Again Offering Christmas Tree Recycling Program


PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County is once again offering its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program this holiday season. Residents of the county can drop off their Christmas trees beginning on Monday, December 26, 2016 through Monday, January 16, 2017 at all nine regional parks during regular hours of operation (dawn to dusk).


All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. The trees will be mulched and used in our parks.


Following are the drop-off locations:


Boyce Park Parking lot by the wave pool
Deer Lakes Park Parking lot by the Veterans 2 Shelter
Harrison Hills Park Parking lot at the intersection of Chipmunk & Cottontail Drive
Hartwood Acres Park Parking lot at the mansion
North Park Parking lot at the swimming pool
Round Hill Park Parking lot past spray park, between Meadow & Alfalfa Shelters
Settlers Cabin Park Parking lot by the wave pool
South Park Parking lot at the wave pool
White Oak Park Parking lot by the Poplar 1 Shelter


During the 2015-16 program, over 2,300 trees were received and recycling with the largest amount being dropped off at the North Park collection. The recycling generated 125-175 yards of mulch.




Scheduled Power Outage on Wednesday, December 21st

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 there will be two planned power outages to upgrade facilities. The outages will affect 783 customers in the vicinity of Broadlawn Drive, Meade Street, Ridge Road, Roslyn Street, Smithfield Street, Surrey Lane, and Turkeyfoot Road in Elizabeth and McKeesport, PA. They will experience two 30-minute service interruptions between the hours of 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
783 customers will be notified of the outage via an automated phone message. If customers have questions, please call the contact center at 800-686-0021.

A Friendly Reminder about Street Parking during Snow Plowing Season

Elizabeth Township and the Public Works Department would like to put out a friendly reminder to be sure to utilize off-street parking if it is available to you during the following winter months. This allows the Public Works Department to plow snow off of the streets to the best of their ability to make driving conditions as clear as possible for the residents of Elizabeth Township!

Additionally, if you are finding that a road is being neglected when it comes to being cleared of snow & salting, please feel free to contact us here at the Municipal Building at (412) 751-2880. We can address your concern and direct you to the proper facility if the road you are referring to is not a Township road and is maintained by Allegheny County or PennDOT.

We thank you in advance for you patience and your cooperation.