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
- Patrice Turenne
- 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.
Single Use Plastic Bag Ordinance
- Using reusable bags reduces the resources needed to create single-use plastic bags and prevents litter, pollution, and waste.
- On November 3, 2022, the Environmental Advisory Board gave a presentation to the Board of Supervisors regarding the negative impact of single use plastic bags. Seeing the impact, the Board of Supervisors assisted the Environmental Advisory Board with drafting an ordinance to restrict the distribution of single use plastic bags in the Township. The ordinance was enacted and ordained on July 13th, 2023 and will go into effect October 11, 2023.
- This means that beginning October 11, 2023, Whitemarsh businesses will be prohibited from providing single use plastic bags at checkout. Consumers are encouraged to bring reusable bags, or they may purchase reusable carryout or paper bags with at least 40% post-consumer recycled content at a nominal charge. Disposable straws and utensils will be provided upon request.
- Please find more information by clicking here
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
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
Composting at Home:
Ready for 100 Resolution