What Cranberry Township is Doing Now

Cranberry Township has been recognized as a Certified Platinum Community in the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community program.

In 2014, the Township reaffirmed its commitment to the long-term health and vitality of the community through a resolution supporting the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community program.
Certified Platinum Community

Learn more about Cranberry Township's sustainability accomplishments

Cranberry Township Sustainability Accomplishments

In 2008, Sustainable Pittsburgh and a team of independent experts conducted the Cranberry Township Sustainability Assessment – an overview of our physical plants, municipal programs, policies, and planning processes. This assessment resulted in specific recommendations for several areas including: energy, recycling, purchasing, storm water, hiring, and more.

Recommendations were organized by the length of time and level of resources required to produce significant results. You can view our SUSTAINABILITY REPORT CARD to see which  recommendations we have completed so far, and those we are still working on.
Through this assessment, some of our community goals are to:
  • Become a better environmental steward
  • Increase efficiencies
  • Save or make money
  • Create a culture of innovation & maximize human creativity
  • Conserve resources
  • Infuse sustainability into municipal policies, programs, and management

Making Changes….And Seeing Results

Check out the steps we’ve already taken towards reducing our impact on the environment

Employee Composting Program

collectionconnection.jpg COLLECTION CONNECTION: Cranberry Township’s waste program, Collection Connection, has already reduced waste and increased recycling since it was launched in 2004. This program has become a model for other communities.

All collection vehicles used in the Collection Connection program are fueled with Compressed Natural Gas, resulting in cost savings and reduced carbon emissions.

All Township facilities host multiple recycling bins, encouraging all employees, residents, and visitors to discard recyclables in these receptacles, instead of trash cans.

Every municipal-sponsored event includes recycling receptacles, with all participants and guests strongly encouraged to use them.
lights.jpg LED TRAFFIC LIGHTS: 100% of the bulbs in Township traffic signals are LED (Light-Emitting Diode), which results in brighter signal colors and less energy consumption.
audubon.jpg CRANBERRY HIGHLANDS: In 2009, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an international program administered by Audubon International and designed to help golf course owners enhance the environmental quality of their property.
walkable.jpg WALKABLE COMMUNITIES: Township land development ordinances were updated to accommodate Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), which promotes walkability and reduces vehicle trips. The Bellevue Park and Park Place communities are currently under construction, which total almost 1,000 residential units.

The Healthy Cranberry program is overseen by the Department of Community Development.


Ron Henshaw
Director, Planning & Development Services
Ph. 724-776-4806 x 1104