Carlisle Borough Recognized as Certified Sustainable Community

Carlisle Borough announced today it is among a select group of high-performing municipalities to become certified through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program. The Borough is recognized at the Platinum level of certification for meeting the program's rigorous performance criteria, which track 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community.   

The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, managed 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. The certification is implemented statewide, recognizing boroughs, municipalities, cities, and home rule municipalities across the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Municipal League and Sustainable Pittsburgh applaud municipalities for their demonstrated commitment and sustainability performance.   

In earning the Platinum certification, Carlisle Borough is acknowledged for its progress in such areas as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls, and internal management and operations.  

"Carlisle Borough is proud to be recognized as a Platinum Certified Community by the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program," said Mayor Sean Shultz "The Borough has a steadfast commitment to saving taxpayer dollars, using resources efficiently, and applying best practices to advance environmental and economic sustainability and fairness and justice in our community. " 

“Receiving this prestigious designation was truly a community effort,” Mayor Shultz added. “We thank our many community and partner stakeholders for their efforts in embracing sustainability and helping improve the environment and the lives of our residents. This certification is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all of those in our organization who make Carlisle a great place to live, work, learn, and play."

"We are delighted to see Carlisle Borough 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 Anne McCollum, Director of Training and Development, Pennsylvania Municipal League.   

The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification is intended to bring recognition to municipalities that are implementing the policies and practices of sustainability to advance community and regional 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 have demonstrated a commitment to advancing sustainable best practices to foster thriving and vibrant communities where people long to live, work, and play. Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation is at the heart of sustainability and the Certification program is a means to accelerate municipal performance," said James T. Price, Sustainable Community Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh. 
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About Carlisle Borough 
Established in 1751, Carlisle Borough is centrally located in Cumberland County in south-central Pennsylvania. Carlisle Borough is approximately 5.5 square miles and home to a population of 20,144. Carlisle is rich in history and considered one of Pennsylvania’s most treasured historic communities. Residents and visitors can walk the same paths as those walked by the Commander of the Continental Army and President George Washington, Declaration of Independence signer James Wilson, and Battle of Monmouth heroine Molly Pitcher, to name a few. 

Carlisle Borough also has its eyes on the future. The Borough has a reputation as a growing and viable community embracing the world of tomorrow and meeting the ever-evolving economic needs of its residents. Carlisle is also home to an active and engaged citizenry, with a large network of volunteer organizations dedicated to supporting young children, the elderly, and the disenfranchised. 

Carlisle’s cultural environment is a diverse mix typified by its award-winning restaurants, downtown theater, growing arts community, historic sites, and multi-cultural events. Recreation opportunities are also plentiful in the Borough, with 17 (soon to be 18) public parks and a 15-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail network. 

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, boroughs, 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 works to support decision-makers in the Pittsburgh Region to improve the integration of economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality through fostering sustainable solutions for communities and businesses. Over the past 20 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.
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