Growing Greener Communities Award

Winners of the Award


Natural Lands Trust and the Chester County Association of Township Officials (CCATO) are pleased to announce the Growing Greener Communities Award for 2016-to honor conservation-minded accomplishments by townships in Chester County.

Why the Award was Developed


The Natural Lands Trust 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 10, 2016.

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


“We are pleased to partner with Natural Lands Trust on this award program, and hope that it serves to encourage and promote continued forward-thinking projects and planning within the County,” said Ernie Holling, president of CCATO.

Nominations must be received by January 15, 2016.

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