Sustainability

What does "Sustainability" mean for the Borough?
Sustainability has many different definitions. For State College Borough, sustainability means using best practices to create lasting environmental, economic, societal and fiscal vitality as part of State College's overall mission to enhance the quality of life by fostering a safe, vibrant, diverse and sustainable community; by providing quality, innovative, cost-effective services; and by allocating resources efficiently with professionalism, integrity, transparency and accountability.

*Note: Borough Staff regularly receives sustainability training; including best practices in MS4 stormwater management.  

Council Support


State College is serious about sustainability. State College Borough Council committed to sustainability in 2007 when it passed Resolution 944, a Commitment to be a Climate Protection Community, with a set of goals targeting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Mayor Elizabeth Goreham strongly supports initiatives to create a more environmentally-friendly State College. She speaks often about her passion for the environment, leads community bike rides, and more.

Resolution 944 Final Report

Management Support


In April of 2010, State College Manager Thomas J. Fountaine established the Manager's Committee on Sustainability, an action-based employee task force, to increase collaboration between municipal departments on issues regarding the economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and community resilience of State College Borough. The Sustainability Committee seeks to develop initiatives aimed at increasing staff knowledge, developing community partnerships and fostering sustainable best management practices.

Contact the Sustainability Committee
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All Borough sponsored events have a sustainable focus. 

All events hosted in the Municipal Building will have access to organics and recycling bins. Sponsored events, like Central PA Festival of the Arts, are working towards being zero-waste with the assistance of Borough. These are just a few examples of how the Borough continues to promote sustainability with their partners and events. 

Contact Us

  1. Sustainability Committee


    Alan Sam
    Environmental Coordinator
    243 South Allen Street
    State College, PA 16801
    (814) 234-7140
    (814) 231-7197 (fax)
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    Hours of Operation


    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Monday through Friday
    Excluding Holidays
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