Clean Air

Breathe Easy State College
In 2007, the State College Borough Council made a commitment to sustainability by passing Resolution 944, a Commitment to be a Climate Protection Community, with a set of goals targeting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, the Borough has been working diligently to achieve those goals to reduce environmental impact and increase the quality of life for State College residents.

Steps that the Borough has taken to increase air quality include:
  • Reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill through residential organics recycling collection
  • Implementing a passenger fleet comprised of energy-efficient hybrids, and utilizing biodiesel and CNG for heavy equipment and trucks
  • Increasing bicycle connectivity and facilities and being named a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists
  • Establishing a purchasing policy to give preference to products with 50 percent or more recycled
  • Eliminating the use of incandescent light bulbs

View the Greenhouse Mitigation Final Report for more information on the Borough's progress.

Community-Wide Initiative

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation accounts for 28 percent of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. EPA data also show that emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from gasoline, light-duty vehicles contribute about 41 percent of total emissions from on-road vehicles. Nitrogen oxides are a main contributing factor to ground-level ozone, a powerful pollutant that damages human health, vegetation and property.

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Pollution
Courtesy of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

Be a part of the solution - Turn it off

Turning off your personal vehicle while not in transit is an easy way to reduce emissions. The Borough has installed Anti-Idling Signs throughout the community as a reminder not to idle your vehicle.

Did you know:
  • Turning off your car saves gas and money
    • Letting a vehicle idle burns more fuel than restarting
    • After 10 seconds of idling, your car will have burned more fuel than it would have if you restarted it.
  • Turning off your car is better for your engine
    • Idling can damage your engine components by running on partially combusted fuel
  • Turning off your car is better for the environment
    • Every 10 minutes of idling cut saves 1 lbs of carbon dioxide.
  • Turning off your car is better for your health and the health of others
    • Breathing exhaust fumes is linked to increases in prevalence and severity of asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease, cancer and autism.

Other ways to cut vehicular emissions

There are many different ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint and help maintain clean air for all in State College:
Do Not Idle
  • Multi-modal transportation
    • Mix up your daily commute. Drive part way, then walk or bike the rest.
    • Or, ride your bike to the CATA bus stop. CATA buses have bike racks on the front to make it easier to bike your bike to and from the bus stop.

  • Ride together
    • Carpool to as many places possible.
    • Sharing a ride decreases the amount of particle pollutants and emissions in the air.
    • RideShare and VanPool services are available through CATA.

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