In a continued effort towards sustainability and green practices, the Borough of Harrington Park desired to incorporate Green Grounds and Maintenance practices into the current grounds maintenance operations.
In January, 2013, Mayor and Council approved the development of policies to ensure best practices for efficient landscape design, minimizing water consumption, recycling and composting materials, and using integrated pest management. Over the past year, with the input of the Green Team, the Department of Public Works, the Recreational Commission, the Environmental Commission, and the building department, Councilwoman Joon Chung worked to formulate a comprehensive policy.
On February 18th, 2014 Harrington Park Councilmembers approved the implementation of the Green Grounds and Maintenance Policy into the current grounds maintenance practices. The goal for adoption is to promote healthy, environmentally sound public lands and to promote a sustainable community for Borough residents.
The Green Grounds and Maintenance policy provides guidance and management regulations for 1) incorporating efficient landscape design, 2) minimizing water consumption, 3) energy efficiency in products,, 4)managing pest control policy, and 4) measuring and utilizing recycled materials and 5) composting. These five topics from the approved policy will be detailed in subsequent posts.