In 2005, the Abington Township Board of Commissioners established the Robert W. Montgomery, Jr. award as a means to recognize a community member or organization that has demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership by implementing an environmental project or activity that has benefited our environment. The EAC administers the award, and each year, solicits nominations for an Abington resident, group or business that has demonstrated environmental leadership.
Who was Robert W. Montgomery Jr?
Bob "Monty" Montgomery was a long time resident of Abington Township who dedicated his life to promoting, preserving and protecting the environment while working full time as a school teacher in Philadelphia. He chaired the EAC for more than 20 years until his untimely death in 2005.
2017 Montgomery Award recipient
Linda Ritter was recognized for her outstanding volunteer dedication to caring for several gardens and green spaces in the township. Her commitment to the Abington Hospital Garden at the Levy Medical Center, and the gardens at Crestmont Park, Baederwood Park, Wanamaker Park, and along Highland Avenue has provided restful spaces for pause and reflection to the many people who visit them.
2015: Redeemer Valley Community Garden
Nominating someone for the award
Anyone may submit a nomination. To nominate a person or group, download the Nomination Form below and submit it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to the Abington Township building, attention EAC Chair, 1176 Old York Rd, Abington PA 19001.
Submission deadline is April 30 each year. The award is presented each July at the Abington Board of Commissioners meeting.
Both the nominating individual as well as the nominee will be invited to attend the July Board of Commissioners meeting at the Township Building. In addition to receiving a certificate, the chosen nominee will have his/her name engraved on the Montgomery Award plaque in the lobby of the Township Building and a tree will be planted in his/her honor.
Abington Township becomes LEED Certified City
LEED for Cities certification advances healthy, green and economically strong cities and communities
Abington, PA-Abington Township has become one of the seventy-five STAR certified cities and counties in the United States and second in Pennsylvania to join the family of LEED for Cities and Communities. LEED for Cities is a program from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that advances healthy, green and economically strong cities and communities.
“We are helping cities and counties develop responsible, sustainable and specific plans for energy, water, waste, transportation and many other factors that contribute to raising the standard of living for all people around the world,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, USGBC. “Abington Township is to be congratulated for its commitment to ensuring a place where people, nature and businesses can all thrive.”
“Abington Township will reach an even higher level of leadership where they will be able to benchmark their current performance, home in on targeted metrics to achieve continuous improvement, and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, human health and economic prosperity,” added Ramanujam. Commissioner Drew Rothman, Chair of the Township Board of Commissioners Public Works Committee, added that “Sustainability is ever-present and on our minds as a critical component when considering the present and future well-being of those who reside in Abington Township; especially as we plan for improvements to our parks and storm water systems. I am proud that we have obtained this certification.”
In 2016, Abington Township under the leadership of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) received a 3 STAR Communities certification. This certification evaluates local government on economic, environmental and social factor to measure sustainability and quality of life. STAR Communities integration with the U.S. Green Building Council will enable the Township to forward its goals of sustainability and remain a leader in the region.
The LEED program helps cities and communities benchmark current performance, track performance metrics, communicate continuous improvement, educate residents, visitors and business owners to demonstrate commitment to sustainability, human health and economic prosperity. Since designation in 2016 as a STAR Community, Abington Township has continued to forward its sustainability initiatives including a commitment to buy 100% green energy beginning in December 2018.
In 2017, the Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council was recognized by the Montgomery County and awarded the Montgomery Awards- Planning Advocate Award.
Abington Township was designated a 3-STAR Certified Community in June 2016 through the efforts of the EAC. The STAR Community certification evaluated the Township's:
- Built Environment
- Climate & Energy,
- Economy & Jobs
- Education, Arts & Community
- Equity & Empowerment
- Health & Safety
- Natural Systems
- Innovation & Process Credits
Gerald Hoy from PA DCNR presented the Township with its first Tree City USA* designation at the STC/EAC Arbor Day celebration at Roychester Park in April 2008. State Representative Josh Shapiro and Commissioners DiJoseph, Ring, and Carlin were on hand to acknowledge and accept this honor. The STC/EAC presented the Tree City USA signs and flag to the Board at the May 2007 meeting.
Since 2008, the Township has remained a Tree City. These yearly awards are now organized by the Abington Township Shade Tree Commission (STC) with assistance from the EAC.