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Sustainability: The Next Step

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What is Sustainability?
Sustainability has many different definitions. For State College, sustainability means using best practices to create lasting environmental?, economic, community and organizational 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.

Council Support for Sustainability
State College is serious about sustainability. State College Borough Council committed to sustainability in 2007 when it passed Resolution 944, a Committment 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.

Management Support for Sustainability
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.

Resources

Resolution 944

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Greenhouse Gas Mitigration Stategies


Sustainable Projects Fact Sheets
Food Waste Composting Pilot Project Final Report

Comprehensive Pedestrian and Bicycle Program - Part 1

Comprehensive Pedestrian and Bicycle Program - Part 2