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Posted on: September 18, 2018

Bradford Woods Recognized as Certified Gold Sustainable Municipality

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Bradford Woods Borough Recognized as Certified Gold Sustainable Municipality 

Bradford Woods Borough, PA, announces it is among a select group of high performing municipalities to become certified through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.  Bradford Woods Borough is recognized at the Gold level of certification for meeting the program's rigorous performance criteria which tracks 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, Boroughs, 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 Gold certification, Bradford Woods 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. Details about Bradford Woods Borough’s certification performance within these topics can be found on the certification program’s website:

"Bradford Woods Borough is proud to be recognized as a Gold Certified Community by the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program," said Manager Natalie Thiess.  "The Borough has a long history of commitment to saving taxpayer dollars, using resources efficiently, and applying best practices in municipal government and community development.  We are pleased to be recognized and be part of the regional community of good government."  

"We are delighted to see Bradford Woods 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.

For more information, please visit  or contact Natalie Thiess, at 724-935-2990 or

About Bradford Woods Borough

Bradford Woods Borough was incorporated in 1915, followed by a Home Rule Charter government established in 1974. It is the home of 1,200 residents and is located between the townships of Marshall and Pine. Bradford Woods is committed to preserving the natural beauty of Pennsylvania as well as maintaining a quiet, welcoming, and healthy community. 

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, town, 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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