Randolph Environmental Guidebook (RTEG)
The Randolph Township Environmental Guidebook (RTEG) is a living document, subject to annual review, that contains information about contributors to climate change and environmental degradation, and details projects and strategies that can be implemented locally to create positive and measurable change.
Designed to be utilized at different scales, from municipal leadership to volunteer groups, the RTEG is overseen by the Environmental and Landmark Committee and was developed in consultation with Pinto Consulting, LLC. The comprehensive resource contains detailed recommendations for 49 projects across 11 action categories: Air Quality, Climate, Community Engagement, Energy, Food, Housing and Economic Development, Natural Resources Management, Open Space, Transportation, Waste Management, Water.
The Environmental and Landmark Committee and the Township of Randolph are proud to share the RTEG with the community as collaboration between residents and the municipal government is essential for reaching shared goals of sustainability, environmental stewardship, and resiliency. In working together towards these shared goals, the outcomes earned will benefit the entire community in its overall health, wellness, and pride.
The Vision and Goals for the RTEG have been developed by studying the original goals from the 2006 Randolph Township Master Plan, the 2016 Re-Examination Report, the updated Open Space and Recreation Plan, and Trails Master Plan, as well as other relevant information from the municipal website and publications. These goals include:
- Making Randolph More Sustainable and Resilient
- Developing and Expanding Partnerships with Municipal Departments, the Board of Education, Non-Profit Entities, Environmental Organizations, and Other Agencies to Promote Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship
- Protecting Environmentally Sensitive Land and Habitat
- Using and Producing Clean Energy
- Managing Stormwater Using Green Infrastructure
- Engaging the Community and Create Citizen Stewards
- Improving Air and Water Quality
- Reducing Waste and Increase Recycling
Recommended projects range in scale and timeframe, and can be implemented by volunteer groups, larger watershed groups or non-profit organizations, or through Randolph Township’s Council, Administration and Staff.
When a project is selected for implementation from the RTEG from an outside entity, the following steps are to be taken:
- The outside entity or volunteer group interested in implementing the project should present their plan for completing the project to the Environmental and Landmarks Committee. Details to be included are the location of the project, the anticipated number of volunteers working on the project, the anticipated timeframe, the estimated costs, any assistance needed from Township Staff, and the benefits to the environment and/or community.
- The Environmental and Landmarks Committee will forward their recommendation for allowance of the project to the Township Council.
- Once approval is given for the project, the outside entity and/or volunteer group can proceed with their project. The Environmental and Landmarks Committee should be updated on progress (for larger projects). Any questions or requests during the project should be forwarded to the Environmental and Landmarks Committee.
- Upon completion of the project, the outside entity and/or volunteer group should forward photographs, plans, and any other relevant data to the Environmental and Landmarks Committee. A presentation to the Committee may be requested for larger projects.
- The RTEG will be updated annually to remove completed projects, and to add new projects that are deemed beneficial.
The Environmental and Landmark Committee held a Public Outreach Guidebook Session on Tuesday, September 26; the presentation provided an introduction of the Project Team, the Guidebook, recommendations for projects, and opportunities for volunteerism, education, and community engagement. The RTEG will be presented to the Township Council on Thursday, October 5; the presentation will further outline detailed recommendations within.