Green Initiatives in Media Borough

A timeline of green initiatives:




  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – signed petition in support 
  • Covanta Zero Waste Resolution
  • Anti-Preemption Letter
  • Curbside Compost Program goes borough-wide, including both food waste & yard waste
  • Litter Plan
  • Street Tree planning and consultation
  • Home Electric Vehicle Charging – hosted panel discussion with experts from DVRPC and Sierra Club
  • Traffic Calming – Street Mural Program


  • Facilitated Report on Media Borough Solar
  • Composting Plan Pilot Project
  • Green Procurement Policy


  • Media Borough Hall LED Retrofit
  • Composting Plan Pilot Project
  • Media Open Streets


  • Launched the Food Scrap Composting Pilot Program, with Borough Council and Transition Town Media
  • Regional Street Light Procurement Program - converted all cobrahead streetlights to LED 
  • SolSmart Certification 
  • Houtman Park environmental interpretative signage 
  • Launched Media Open Streets with Transition Town Media


  • Toured recycling facility
  • Advised on Media Borough Stormwater BMP Master Plan 


  • Media Bicycle Plan 
  • 100% clean energy with Constellation Energy 
  • Recycling education at Media Farmer’s Market
  • Recommended flexible recycling bin size options to be supplied to residents 
  • Advised on Wayfinding Signage Plan


  • Rain garden public education enhancements with signage and website 
  • Advised on stormwater issues for Houtman Park Rehabilitation 


  • Supported anti-bamboo ordinance 
  • Toured recycling facility 
  • Worked with Transition Town Media on Solarize Greater Media program 


  • Worked with Borough to improve business recycling rates (to present)


  • Energy Star Certification with a rating of 91 
  • Energy Efficient Lighting at Parking Garage with a 60% annual energy savings 
  • Programmable Thermostats at Borough Hall 
  • Occupancy Lighting Sensors at Borough Hall 
  • Big Belly solar powered compacting trash bins w/ recycling units installed 
  • Dog Waste Stations installed throughout the Borough 
  • Gayley Run Stream Naming Project with Media Elementary School 
  • Residential Energy Audit Workshop


  • Electric Vehicle Recharging Station 
  • Eco‐Tour of Media 
  • Rain Garden/Rain Barrel Workshop 


  • Residential Energy Audit Workshop 
  • Solar Signage and Banners 
  • Nine Solar Arrays on Public Buildings Completed (starting 2004)
  • Rain Gardens installed at Borough Hall 
  • Certificate of Excellence awarded by Clean Air Council for Borough’s commitment to purchasing 20% clean energy 
  • Media Elementary School Earth Day Activities 
  • Media Borough Ecological Footprint Study 
  • Media Recycles Recognition Decals 
  • Media Fellowship House Award 


  • Media Borough attains Pennsylvania Clean Energy Community status-- 14% of residents to sign up for clean energy; the borough purchases 20% of its energy needs through clean, renewable sources by 2010.
  • Rain Barrel program at Media Borough schools.
  • Energy Audit of Borough Hall


  • Awarded 2006 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, in recognition of solar initiatives.
  • Stormwater/ Rain Barrel Workshops 
  • EPA Green Community


  • Environmental Advisory Council formed as an official Media Borough body, having been created by ordinance on June 15, 2006
  • Stormwater brochure for residents 2006


  • First meeting of the EAC and beginning of probationary period.
  • Greenest Borough in PA Award, for putting solar array on the renovated Armory Building (now Trader Joe’s) (2004)


  • Green Municipal Buyer Award from Green Power (2002)