A township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania is taking the road towards a “greener” town as it takes green initiatives integrated to its ordinances. The O’Hara council has the eye towards sustainability and resource efficiency as officials discuss how to integrate green initiatives into the town’s existing ordinances, which can be set as a standard for the residents to follow.
O’Hara council expected to discuss green initiatives on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 7 pm.
The council, according to a report, may discuss topics like renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels.
According to the town’s manager, Julie Jakubec, the town believes in being “green”, as well as promoting sustainability be integrating green initiatives into their existing ordinances.
Jakubec also said if the residents want to use wind or geothermal as power sources, the council needs to find ways for it.
The town’s objective for taking green initiatives into their place is to reduce the effect of building construction on the environment and health.
According to the EPA or Environmental Protection Agency, green homes gives at least 50 percent cleaner air, can save about 30 percent on energy costs, compared to any typical homes. A “green construction” can also reduce construction waste on landfills by 50 percent.
The new O’Hara’s proposed ordinances are said to set guidelines for property redevelopment, renovation, and new construction. It also follows energy audits for its municipal building, which done to review energy usage for heating, lighting, and appliances like computers.
O’Hara received grant program to integrate green initiatives into the city from Allegheny County’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.