Time flies when you’re having fun, and it is hard to believe that two-and-a-half years have passed since the SAC was established by Ordinance No. 3-2020. Although we can cite noteworthy accomplishments in the past, the future continues to hold challenges thanks to the effects of climate change on our natural environment.
For 2023, we aspire to implement initiatives centered around transitioning to clean, efficient, and renewable energy; reduction of waste and recycling of materials; growth of biodiversity; improved transportation; and general education. Each initiative has specific focal points; briefly, they are:
Clean/Renewable Energy. The Township level focus will be on vehicles, building heating, and electric power sources. At the community level, it will be on education regarding federal government funding for conversion of homes and motor vehicles to low-emission technologies. See the next article for details.
Waste Reduction/Recycling. This initiative will involve community outreach and engagement with the Township regarding means and methods of support.
Biodiversity. This broad initiative will encompass a number of action items to encourage the greening of the Township, including reforestation of Hamlet Crest Park (in association with the Parks & Recreation Department), development of a management plan for Greystone’s serpentine barrens, protection of the historic beech tree, and researching possible changes to zoning and subdivision and land development ordinances (SALDO) requirements to promote biodiversity and creative landscaping.
Transportation. In collaboration with the Planning Commission, the SAC will seek opportunities to lessen traffic congestion and improve pedestrian and bicycle circulation, accessibility, and safety.
General Education. We see great potential to establish a closer relationship with WCU, conduct community-based events related to sustainability, and consider stormwater issues from an educational standpoint.