Due to last-minute language inserted in the Pennsylvania statewide budget, the Borough is unable to enforce the single-use plastic ban at this time. While the ordinance is still on the books, enforcement is delayed until July 1 2021 or the end of the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration, whichever is later.
Despite this development we hope that businesses will pursue compliance with this ordinance to address needless single-use waste - action that would enjoy broad community support.
The Borough’s Sustainability Advisory Committee is, in the interim, developing an opt-in recognition program for businesses that are already taking action on this issue.
Borough COuncil accepts energy TRANSITION plan
At June’s voting session Borough Council voted to accept the West Chester Area 100% Renewable Energy Transition Study, which was funded through the West Chester area Council of Governments by the West Chester Borough and townships of East Goshen, West Goshen, East Bradford, West Whiteland, and Westtown.
Though this action was delayed by COVID-19 for several months, the vote officially accepts the plan and commits the Borough to further work on this issue through the WCACOG. Specific priorities include community education strategies and pursuing an inter-municpality clean energy power purchase agreement (PPA).
Join the friends of sustainable west chester
Interested in sustainability and want to contribute to a more environmental friendly West Chester? Join the Friends of Sustainable West Chester here.
Based on your areas of interest you will be kept in the loop with periodic updates and opportunities to get involved. The four areas of interest in the registration are:
*postponed due to COVID-19*
Save the Date - Downtown and Parks CleanUp!
Check back soon for more info!
Tuesday February 25th
Climate JUSTICE: Hope, RESILIENCE & the Fight for a Sustainable Future featuring Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson leads the Mary Robinson Foundation— Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education and advocacy for the poor and disempowered in the world that are disproportionately threatened by climate change. She has moved audiences around the world with her passionate and hopeful call for all nations to work together to fight for a sustainable future.
Tickets available online at wcupatix.com (click “other campus events”) or by calling the SSI Ticket Office at 610-436-2266
Wednesday January 29th
WC Area Council of Governments Clean Energy TRANSITION Plan Presentation
West Chester Area Council of Governments is hosting a meeting to view presentation by The Cadmus Group on the clean energy transition pan. The public is invited.
Please note the meeting is scheduled for the West Whiteland Township Building at 101 Commerce Drive in Exton.
2020 Sustainability Advisory Committee Schedule
With 2020 fast-approaching the SAC approved its 2020 meeting schedule at the December 2019 meeting. The public is always welcome to participate and present concerns or opportunities to the committee for consideration.
All meetings are held 6:30-8:00pm at Borough Hall:
Interested in the next step? Click here for info on PECO’s home energy assessments, free for income-qualified households. There are additional rebates and incentives for additional energy audits and energy conservation measures installed through the PECO program.