The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Friday, March 25, 2022

Program Year

2022

Achievement

Signatories

2022

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Cheltenham Township

Elkins Park, PA

Alyson Elliott

Acting Township Manager

Pledge Summary

Cheltenham Township, established in 1682 as part of Philadelphia County, PA, is proud of its 300+-year history. With its prominent Abolitionist leadership, including housing Camp William Penn for Colored Soldiers during the Civil War, its integrated residential setting, two Historic Districts and 8 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many of Cheltenham’s current population of approximately 38,000 host bumper stickers proudly claiming, “I Choose Cheltenham”. Also noted with that slogan, in addition to Historic and Diverse, are the descriptors: Creative, Progressive, and Green. Cheltenham Township is a First Class Township with a Home Rule Charter in Montgomery County, PA. The Township is home to five colleges/universities, a technical school, a thriving art center and an adult school organization. Volunteers serve through Friends groups to support a number of parks, community gardens, sports teams, and libraries. Hundreds of others serve on municipal and school committees and as firefighters. With 25 parks or public green spaces over our total 9 square miles, Cheltenham residents are happy to flock outdoors. The Township’s active Environmental Advisory Council continues to advocate for sustainable yards and practices, and Cheltenham was an early adopter of a Sustainability Plan, which was incorporated into our Comprehensive Plan document. Goals named in the Sustainability Plan include community engagement, ecological stewardship, sustainable development, and healthy living for all. As such, the Monarch Pledge fits well with the efforts already underway in Cheltenham to protect native habitats, reduce/reverse climate change, and engage the community toward a sustainable future. It is in this spirit that we sign onto the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2022

Communications and Convening

  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)
  • Issue a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat. This proclamation must incorporate a focus on monarch conservation.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.