At Middletown Township, sustainability is a part of everyday planning to preserve options for the future, while addressing vital services ranging from parks to public safety. Sustainability also encompasses a strong sense of community. This includes the concept of a healthy community and quality of life issues. The Township strives to incorporate principles of sustainability in the Township’s operations to create a community that is a better place to live and work.
Creating a sustainable community requires leadership, vision, and commitment to environmental principles and initiatives from all members of the community. Middletown Township is currently Gold Certified through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Certification Program. The municipality completed the program’s rigorous assessment which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community, many of which Middletown Township practices on a regular basis. The Assistant Township Manager, in partnership with the Middletown Township Environmental Advisory Council, manages the Township's sustainability efforts.
Over the past several years the Township has undertaken many initiatives to build a more sustainable community with a focus on quality of life issues. The following are some noteworthy initiatives, policies, and plans:
- Adoption of the Climate Action Plan
- Retrofitting of streetlights, field lights, and interior lighting to LEDs
- Purchase of energy efficient appliances
- Establishment of a recycling program for municipal facilities including the Municipal Center, Public Works building, Senior Center, parks, and other Township owned facilities
- Commitment to providing a sustainability awareness component to all municipal sponsored events
- Installation of several public-facing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations
The sections below detail the Township's sustainability efforts in several key categories.