Environmental Advisory Board
- The EAB meets at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Monday of every-other month beginning in January (Jan, Mar, May...)
- EAB meetings may be held in-person at the Township Building, or via Zoom. Please check the meeting calendar and agenda for links.
- Township Building
616 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-1821
- Deborah Sheero, Chair
- Debra Harris, Vice-Chair
- Lisa Litzinger-Drayton
- Karen Kabnick
- Gordon Geasland
- Jim Tone
- Leia Heritage
Board of Supervisor Liaison
- Michael Drossner
- Identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to the appropriate Township board and/or commission for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the Township's limits.
- Promote community environmental awareness and programs.
- Undertake such environmental tasks as requested by the Board of Supervisors.
Energy Transition Plan
At their rescheduled May 2020 meeting, the EAB voted unanimously to recommend an Energy Transition Plan (ETP) to the Board of Supervisors (BoS). The ETP will serve as a foundation for the Township to achieve the goals set in the Ready for 100 (RF100) Resolution.
The ETP’s goals span seven areas: Energy efficiency, ordinances and guidelines, funding, renewable energy supply, transportation (to include all fossil fuel burning equipment), community engagement, and tracking progress. These goals are broken down into more specific projects and strategies in the ETP. The first benchmark of this ETP is the Energy Audit, a survey of Township-owned buildings to determine our own carbon footprint.
Upon completion, the Energy Audit will provide the Township with a snapshot of our current energy use, and suggestions for ways we can reduce our energy consumption and costs. Those suggestions will be shared with the EAB for discussion at a regular EAB meeting, so they can advise the BoS on prioritization of those suggestions.
The Township last worked with Practical Energy Solutions in 2013 to create a Township Energy Audit assessing the Township Administration Building and the Police Department. View the 2013 Energy Audit (PDF) here.
The Energy Transition Plan was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors at their July 2020 meeting.
Pollinator Gardens and Gardening for Wildlife
Insects likes bees, wasps, moths, and butterflies inadvertently transfer pollen in their travels, allowing for the fertilization and growth of new plant life. Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem. You can help by planting some of the species suggested by the Pennsylvania State University Extension Program
Mowed lawns are beautiful, but they do not absorb much water. Consider reducing the amount of lawn you mow on your property, and reducing the amount of fertilizer you use. Lawn fertilizers can run off during rainfall and mix with storm water causing algae blooms.
Finally, you can reduce your green house gas emissions by switching to electric-powered lawnmowers and weed whackers. Gas-powered mowers and weed whackers use two-stroke engines which mix gas and oil, creating worse emissions than your car!
Learn more about eco-friendly lawn alternatives from the Penn State University Extension HERE.
Incandescent Light Bulb
The incandescent light bulb has virtually been unchanged since Thomas Edison invented it. Although revolutionary for the time, the amount of energy used to provide light is very high. In fact most of the energy is given off as heat with only a small amount being converted to light. Newer compact florescent (CFL) bulbs use far less energy to produce the same amount of light (lumens).
The Township accepts CFLs (PDF) along with standard tubular florescent bulbs for recycling. They should not be thrown in the trash because they contain mercury; a human toxicant. Check the Township Trash and Recycling page for more information on how to properly dispose CFL bulbs.
Responsible Home Gardening
Ready for 100 Resolution
Click HERE to view the full resolution.