Our sisters in western Pennsylvania are proud to be a part of the Millvale EcoDistrict Pivot Plan, which recently was honored with two national awards during the annual conference of the American Planning Association (APA) in New York City. The Borough of Millvale was recognized with a Silver 2017 National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning. In addition, the APA’s Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) honored Millvale’s EcoDistrict Pivot Plan with a separate award designated for a Sustainability or Resiliency Plan.
Sister Donna Zwigart collaborated with Millvale-based community development leaders and others to develop and implement the plan, which was completed in 2016. As part of the plan, two bioswales were created on the Mount Alvernia campus in 2013 to help reduce the impacts of storm water runoff. The bioswales were a joint project of our congregation, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Borough of Millvale.