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growing greener communities award

Natural Lands developed the Growing Greener Communities Award to recognize townships that are engaged in dynamic initiatives to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors. The award program is in partnership with the Chester County Association of Township Officals (CCATO) and the Montgomery County Association of Township Officials (MCATO). The awards are presented annually to a township in both Chester and Montgomery Counties.

“We believe it’s important to recognize the excellent conservation work happening at the township level and celebrate the dedicated officials, staff, and volunteers who make it possible.” said Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands.

Examples of qualifying projects include:

  • Dynamic utilization of open space, such as a community garden or multi-use trail
  • Efforts to care for land and water, such as a stream clean up, riparian buffer planting, meadow naturalization, or environmentally sensitive stormwater management
  • Progressive, conservation-minded planning, such as ordinances that preserve community green space or improve commercial corridors with shade trees and other greening elements

Questions? Contact Patrick Gardner, program administrator.