The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Program Year

2023

Achievement

Signatories

2023

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Cheltenham Township

Elkins Park, PA

Alyson Elliott

Township Manager

Pledge Summary

Cheltenham Township is the first suburb of Philadelphia, home to a population of over 37,000. Cheltenham proudly maintains over 20 parks or open green spaces for residents to enjoy, and also has many resident volunteers who work to support and protect native plants and wildlife in the parks. Encouraged by its active Environmental Advisory Council, Sustainable Cheltenham committed to a list of 10 Sustainability Goals in 2013, including Ecological Stewardship. Cheltenham's Board of Commissioners first committed to the Mayors Monarch Pledge in 2022, and looks forward to strengthening the efforts of our community to support monarch and pollinator habitat in the years to come.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • 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.
  • 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.)

Program and Demonstration Gardens

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