Sustainable Cheltenham Awards
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Sustainable Cheltenham unites Township residents, businesses, institutions and other stakeholders behind a shared vision for a more resilient and environmentally active community. To recognize community members that significantly contribute to the Sustainable Cheltenham mission, the Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) has established annual awards program.

Eligible categories include Cheltenham Township residents, businesses, institutions or organizations. Online nomination forms must be submitted no later than MAY 12, 2018.  Self-nominations are encouraged.


Award Criteria:

  1. The effort must be located in Cheltenham Township.
  2. The effort must benefit Cheltenham Township or this region.
  3. Provide some measurement to support the achievement of the goal(s), if possible.
  4. Describe any regional impact of effort.

 Sustainable Award Nomination Form 


Winners will be chosen by EAC.  Award recipients will be invited to attend the Sustainable Cheltenham Festival at Arts in the Park in early June to be recognized for their contributions.


Questions: EACchair@cheltenham-township.org.




2017 Winners


2017 Sustainable Cheltenham Award Winners

The Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) selected 20 individuals and organizations to receive 2017 Sustainable Cheltenham Awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to promoting sustainability in the community. EAC Chair Kurt Ahrens (back, right), joined by Cheltenham Commissioners (left to right) Daniel B. Norris, Irv Brockington (back) and Brad M. Pransky, presented the following awards during the recent “Arts in the Park featuring Sustainable Cheltenham” event held at High School Park in Elkins Park:


• Caryl Levin (front, right) accepted the award on behalf of the Melrose Park Neighborhood Association for its regular cleanups, beautification projects and more.
• Lorna Rosenberg (front, second from right) was honored for her longstanding efforts in watershed, energy and overall sustainability projects with both the township and Cheltenham School District.
• Bob Hamburg (back, second from right) accepted on behalf of his sister Diane Hamburg for her utilization of photovoltaic electricity, home composting, rainwater management and more at her Glenside home.
• Elizabeth Compitello (front, third from right) accepted on behalf of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for its leadership in programs like the LED Conversion Project and SolSmart.
• Earl Stamm (back, third from right) was honored for his effort to successfully to incorporate sustainability goals into the township’s comprehensive plan and zoning code.
• Cheltenham Elementary School Principal Nick Pere (back, second from left) and teachers Katherine Falso (front, third from left) and Wendy Quinn were honored along with ten other staff members for the school’s extensive real-world environmental education.


Also honored but not shown were Joe Mazza for his many green improvements to his home; Wyncote Elementary School Teacher Kristin Krause for creating an eco-code, performing a waste audit and more; and other Cheltenham Elementary School staff members Angel Schalk, Delilah Montemayor, Elisabeth Farnsworth, Ken Buckwalter, Kris Hovis, Michael Ferris, Rebekah Taboada, Wade Huggins, Stephanie Jacob and Syieda Graham Logan.


2016 Winners


  1. Midgard Properties for 1) Sustainable Development, 2) Local Economy, 3) Community Engagement and 4) Energy
  2. Bill Mettler for 1) Community Engagement, 2) Healthy Living, 3) Waste Reduction and 4) Alternative Transportation 
  3. Karen Shaffran for 1) Community Engagement, 2) Ecological Stewardship, 3) Local Economy, 4) Waste Reduction and 5) Water Management
  4. ShopRite of Cheltenham Mall for 1) Local Economy, 2) Community Engagement, 3) Waste Reduction and 4) Healthy Living
  5. Arcadia University Community and Civic Engagement Center for 1) Community Engagement, 2) Local Economy, and 3) Energy and Waste Reduction
  6. Streamkeepers: Nathan Johnson,  Robin Irizarry, Chris Hunter, Kathy Hodgkiss, Gina Craigo, Kurt Ahrens, Karen Serfass, Hannah Reimer, Callie Raymond, and John, Johnny, Glynis and Maris Raisch for 1) Community Engagement, 2) Ecological Stewardship, 3) Water Management and 4) Monitoring

2016 winners




In recognition of their outstanding contributions to promoting sustainability in Cheltenham Township, three individuals received Sustainable Cheltenham Awards during the recent Arts in the Park event held at High School Park in Elkins Park:

  • Karan Shaffran (center) was recognized for championing environmental issues at Cheltenham School District since 2003, when she began teaching science at Cedarbrook Middle School, and cultivating a generation of student environmentalists.
  •  Bill Mettler (second from right) was honored for leading sustainable actions like engaging local citizens to put energy meters on their appliances, gathering data for a national study, and leading citizens to assess traffic safety at dozens of intersections in the community.
  • John Raisch (right) along with his wife and children are among 10 citizen scientists who regularly collect and raise awareness about the water quality in the Tookany, Jenkintown and Rock Creeks as part of Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership's "Streamkeeper" Program.
The honorees were selected by the Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), which oversees the township’s Sustainability Plan, a first of its kind in Montgomery County. EAC chair Kurt Ahrens (third from right) joined Cheltenham Township Commissioners (left to right) Morton J. Simon, Jr., Ann L. Rappoport and Daniel B. Norris in making the award presentations

2015 Winners

Presented at Arts in the Park featuring Sustainable Cheltenham on June 7, 3015

  1. Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. for 1) Community Engagement, 2) Ecological Restoration, 3) Water Management and 4) Healthy Living
  2. Glenside Farrmers Market for 1) Community Engagement, 2) Local Economy and 3) Healthy Living for All.
  3. Elkins Park Hazon CSA for1) Community Engagement, 2) Local Economy, 3) Healthy Living for All  and 4) Ecological Restoration.
  4. Judith Gratz for 1) Community Engagement and 2) Ecological Stewardship.
  5. Dottie Baumgarten for 1) Community Engagement and 2) Ecological Stewardship.
  6. Friends of High School Park for 1) Community Engagement, 2) Ecological Restoration, 3) Water Management and 4) Local Economy.
  7. Elcy's Cafe for 1) Community Engagement, 2) Local Economy and 3) Healthy Living for All.

 Dottie Baumgarten wins a 2015 Sustainable Cheltenham Award  Judith Gratz wins a 2015 Sustainable Cheltenham Award  Toonay/Taconly-Frankford Watershed Parternship Inc wins a 2015 Sustainability Award

Left to right: Cheltenham Township Commissioner Morton J. Simon, Jr.; award-winner Dottie Baumgarten; Commissioner Ann L. Rappoport; Lorna Rosenberg, EAC vice chair and Kurt Ahrens, EAC chair.

Left to right: Cheltenham Township Commissioner Morton J. Simon, Jr.; Commissioner Ann L. Rappoport;  Lorna Rosenberg, EAC vice chair; Kurt Ahrens, EAC chair; and award-winner Judith Gratz.Left to right: Cheltenham Township Commissioner Morton J. Simon, Jr.; Commissioner Ann L. Rappoport;  award-winner Julie Slavet, TTF executive director; Kurt Ahrens, EAC chair; and Lorna Rosenberg, EAC vice chair.

 The Friends of High School Park win a 2015 Sustainble Cheltenham Award Elcy's Cafe and Elkins Park Hazon CSA win 2015 Sustainable Cheltenham Awards
Left to right: Cheltenham Township Commissioner Morton J. Simon, Jr.; award-winner Cynthia Blackwood, FHSP President; Lorna Rosenberg, EAC vice chair and Kurt Ahrens, EAC chair.Left to right: Dean Galemb of Elcy's Cafe; Lorna Rosenberg, EAC vice chair; Robin Rifkin ofE Elkins Park Hazon CSA of Kol Ami Congregation; and Kurt Ahrens, EAC chair.


First Annual Sustainability Festival at Arts in the Park (video)

June 1, 2014


2014 Winners

  1. Myers Elementary School Green Ambassadors for sustainable development as a LEED Gold School and community engagement via PTO and Green Ambassadors
  2. Ramah Day Camp at the Mandel Education Campus Garden for healthy living, water management and community engagement
  3. Ben Adams & Gail Korostoff for energy efficiency, renewable energy and health and wellness (chickens)
  4. Sidney Kahn and architect John Hubert for the LEEDS Platinum Kahn Residence
  5. Federation Housing Inc. - Samuel A. Green House
    for healthy living, water management and energy efficiency
  6. Ancillae Assumpta Academy for 1) energy production and purchase and 2) waste reduction
  7. CreekSide Food Co-op for healthy living, community engagement and local economy
  8.  La Mott Community Garden for healthy living and community engagement



















 

       
       
       
       
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