Ross Township is taking an integrated approach, addressing the three intertwining facets of sustainability: economy, environment, and society.
Ross will meet the immediate need to provide a standard framework of sustainability goals and validation measures – from recycling rates and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to education quality and public safety. Ross Township limits its use of herbicides and pesticides throughout the municipality. The Township's Public Works' employees complete numerous trainings to ensure the proper and safe application of herbicides and pesticides. Ross Township actively enforces the County's No Spray Zones policy. With clear, consistent, and easily accessible performance measures, we will be able to more easily track our performance over time. In addition, Ross Township continues to actively train and educate its employees in Municipal Sustainability in order to advance its impact on the environment.
|Goal||Title of desired outcome that a jurisdiction intends to achieve.|
|Purpose||Statement to clarify relevance, provide context and communicate the desired outcome.|
|Validation Measure||Performance Measure: Verifiable indicator or metric, qualitative or quantitative, representing the actual state of a system and used to identify progress relative to Goal. OR, Practice Measure: Actions, practices or systematic approach proven to be efficient and effective toward achieving Goal.|
Five Milestones for Sustainability
- Conduct Sustainability Assessment
- Established Sustainability Goals
- Develop Sustainabilty Plan
- Implement Policies and Measures
- Evaluate Progress and Report Results
Sustainability and integrating new technologies are at the forefront of all Township initiatives. Ross Township is investing in the future through improving its sustainability and technology efforts. The office of Innovation and Sustainability is the umbrella program for all Township Sustainability efforts, including but not limited to MS4 permitting, the Township’s recycling program, public transportation, community education and involvement, and future green developments. The program is led by the Sustainability Coordinator, which is housed in the Department of Administration, under the supervision of the Township Manager, Douglas Sample.
Ross Township is very committed to implementing sustainable practices. The Township Sustainability Coordinator is charged with the task of measuring and tracking the impacts of the Sustainability Program. The Sustainability Coordinator meets monthly with the Township Manager and Department Heads to review the plan and ensure compliance. Moreover, an annual report is given to the Board of Commissioners for their review. Click the link below to review the Township's 2016 Stormwater Sustainability Report.
Below is also our Comprehensive Plan. Beginning on page 80 and continuing through page 92, our Comprehensive Plan provides analysis and synthesis of future land use concerning public safety, transportation, business, natural resources, and green space.
The Comprehensive Plan is used to describe a process that identifies community goals and aspirations in terms of sustainable future land use and community development. The outcome of the Sustainable Comprehensive Plan guides public policy in terms of transportation, commerce, land use, recreation, and housing. The Ross Sustainable Plan focuses on a broad range of topics and covers a ten year horizon. Pages 116-139, specifically exemplify these goals and action items.
Ross Township also measures and tracks the impacts of its Sustainability Program through its annual recycling report. This detailed report provides information on how the Township's recycling program is reducing the amount of waste going into our landfills.
The Township Manager has created and outlined a 2 Year Plan, which is then set into motion, evaluated, and reassessed. The link below shows the 2016-2017 planning goals. These planning goals are directly related to the goals outlined in the Township's Comprehensive Plan. The Township Manager provides bi-annual reports that provide a status update on the achievement of these goals.