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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Emmaus Borough Council Members Nathan Brown, left, and Dr. Michael Waddell with the poster that commemorates the borough's sustainable achievements. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Emmaus Borough Council Members Nathan Brown, left, and Dr. Michael Waddell with the poster that commemorates the borough's sustainable achievements.

Emmaus recognized as a sustainable community

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

More than 100 community and business leaders gathered recently at a gala reception hosted by the Lehigh Valley branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council at DeSales University's University Center to recognize green projects, organizations and individuals.

The Borough of Emmaus was one of three communities recognized in the sustainable community award division.

Among Emmaus initiatives cited were the implementation of a LED red light replacement program, the implementation of an energy analysis at different borough facilities, taking a proactive stance in separating stormwater from the sewer system long before federal mandates, expanding recycling efforts through offering more collection options, creating the largest municipal-owned compost program in Lehigh County, which included taking possession of all county-owned equipment and implementing a program that allows all county municipalities to share the equipment and conducting a watershed rehabilitation project at Leibert's Creek.

Council members Nathan Brown and Dr. Michael Waddell accepted the Certificate of Achievement and award nomination poster on behalf of the borough.

Other communities cited were the City of Easton and Whitehall Township, which achieved top honors.