Growing Greener Communities Award

Winners of the Award

Natural Lands and the Chester County Association of Township Officials (CCATO) are pleased to announce the Growing Greener Communities Award for 2018-to honor conservation-minded accomplishments by townships in Chester County.

Why the Award was Developed

The Natural Lands Growing Greener Communities Award was developed to recognize a township that has engaged in a dynamic initiative designed to save land, steward natural resources, and/or connect people to nature. The award will be presented at the spring CCATO conference on March 8, 2018.

Celebrate What was Accomplished

“Chester County’s communities have been true leaders in open space preservation, smart growth, and sustainable environmental policy,” said Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands Trust. “We believe it’s important to recognize the excellent work happening at the township level and celebrate the dedicated officials, staff, and volunteers who make it possible.”

What Qualifies a Project?

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

Continue Forward Thinking

“CCATO is pleased to have the opportunity to highlight the successes of local government, the County of Chester, and Natural Lands in the area of open space preservation and maintenance,” said Dave Connors, president of CCATO. “Efforts to preserve open space will help to maintain the character of Chester County for years to come.”

Nominations must be received by February 16, 2018.

If you have questions on the award or the nomination process please contact Kirsten Werner.