Sustainability Plan

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A Message from the Borough Manager:

On November 21, 2016, the Council for the Borough of Sewickley passed Resolution #2016-026 affirming the Borough’s participation in the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification Program. The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, a project of the Pennsylvania Municipal League and Sustainable Pittsburgh, is a voluntary performance recognition program to help municipalities achieve their sustainability goals to save money, conserve resources, and encourage innovation.  I am excited to announce that the Borough of Sewickley is among a select group of high performing municipalities to become certified through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.  We have been recognized at the Gold level of certification. (Please see our Press Release for more information.)

The Borough of Sewickley strives to be a recognized leader for sustainable municipal operations.  Part of sustainability means meeting pension obligations.  In that regard, the Borough’s employee pensions are funded for the long term at 100% of the Minimum Municipal Obligation (MMO).  It also means recognizing the role wellness plays in the health of its workforce.  The Borough instituted an employee wellness program in 2014 to help employees incorporate more exercise into their day and find ways to eat healthier.  The Borough is also a member of Standing Firm - a Pittsburgh-based organization, which provides expertise on the costs of partner violence in the workplace.  We know that partner violence is a serious organizational concern that must be recognized.

We also encourage professional development and are committed to continuing education.  Continuing education is vital to our growth, our health and our sustainability.  Our Wastewater Treatment Plan Superintendent, Dennis Mike, is a certified operator as well as a training instructor for Classes A, E and subclasses 1,2,3,4.  This certification requires meeting education and operating experience requirements, passing an exam, applying for the certification and then maintaining the certification through continuing education courses.  The Public Works Foreman, Franco Verbene, as well as our Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent are Storm Water Inspectors.  This certification lasts for five years and then requires recertification by taking a class and passing an exam.

As Borough Manager, I am committed to continuing education not only for staff but also for myself.  I have earned the International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) designation.  This designation indicates that a member is qualified by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity and an assessed commitment to continuous learning and professional development.  Every member commits to 40 hours of professional development annually.

This dedicated section of our website outlines some of the many other initiatives we have undertaken or are starting to undertake to ensure the long term health and vibrancy of Sewickley and its residents.  Our promise is to continue to promote and improve sustainability through our municipal policies and practices to enrich the lives of our residents and the health of our community.