Millvale first borough in Pennsylvania to earn Platinum Certification through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification Program

November 16, 2016


Millvale announced today it is the first borough and the fourth municipality in Pennsylvania to earn Platinum Certification (highest performance level) through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program. Millvale had previously earned Gold Certification through the program.  Millvale is also the first municipality in Allegheny County to achieve the honor.  The municipality completed the program’s rigorous assessment/checklist which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community.  In order to achieve Platinum, a municipality must provide justification in the form of web links to supporting publicly available material located on the municipal website for at least 90% of their certification claims.

Millvale stands out as a leading Sustainable Community by demonstrating their commitment to the performance program’s certification criteria in areas of both policy and practice. The municipality’s adherence to sustainability in operations, management, and provision of public services is apparent through many actions; a small sampling of which includes:

  • A balanced taxation approach covering all sectors of borough services, open civic engagement, public participation and transparency in all areas of government.
  • The borough utilizes Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreements (ICA) to engage in multi-municipal endeavors with neighboring communities, as well as continuing to adopt sustainability policies, goals, and principles.
  • The Gardens of Millvale is an active community production garden.
  • The borough, along with its municipal neighbors Sharpsburg and Etna, have created a working comprehensive plan.
  • The borough, along with the Millvale Community Development Corporation and Millvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, have worked together to create shared roadways and a “Share the Road” education campaign.
  • Solarization of Millvale Community Library and the Millvale Community Center.
  • Adoption of EcoDistrict Plan to enhance sustainability and economic redevelopment planning and resident participation.


These are only a small sample of the many practices, operations and projects that have contributed to Millvale’s success. The borough is continuously looking for ways to advance its sustainability practices.

The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, administered 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. Originally deployed in Southwestern Pennsylvania by Sustainable Pittsburgh, the certification has gone state-wide recognizing small, medium, and large municipalities across the Commonwealth.  The Pennsylvania Municipal League and Sustainable Pittsburgh applaud municipalities for their demonstrated commitment and sustainability performance.

In earning the Platinum certification, Millvale is acknowledged as a leading example for its progress in excelling to address such areas as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, mitigating blight, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls, and internal management and operations. Details regarding how Millvale is addressing these areas can be found on the certification program’s website:  www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org.

“Millvale is proud to be recognized as the first borough and the fourth Platinum Certified Community by the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program,” said Council President Jim Machajewski.  “Millvale 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 Millvale 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 Gail Markovitz, Director of Training, Pennsylvania Municipal League.

The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification is intended to bring recognition to municipalities that are applying the policy and practice of sustainability as their way of operating in order to advance community 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 are standouts in demonstrating adherence to best practices that elevate them as communities of choice to live, work, and play.  Commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of sustainability and the certification program is a means to accelerate municipal performance,” said Court Gould, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh.

Details about Millvale’s certification performance can be found by linking to www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org.

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