Borough of State College

Community Issue Review

State College Borough Council will receive feedback from residents on the proposed Collegiate Housing Overlay Zoning Amendment during the public hearing on April 13, 2015. In addition to the public hearing, residents can submit their views of the proposal through Engage State College.

A group of community residents participated in a Community Issue Review (CIR) in order to prepare a Citizen's Statement about this issue. CIR is an online decision-making process, facilitated by the Penn State College of IST's Geodeliberation Project. Between February 11 and 19, a panel of citizens were brought together to review this ordinance and consider the following question:

Will the proposed Collegiate Housing Overlay Amendment, which has been recommended by the Planning Commission, achieve its intended purpose?

Share your thoughts and see the Citizen's Statement

Watershed Cleanup Day 2014

Watershed Cleanup Day

ClearWater's Annual Watershed Cleanup Day will be held on April 25, from 8 a.m. to noon. A volunteer appreciation picnic will immediately follow and will be held at Spring Creek Park.

Over the past 18 years about 2,913 tons or 6.4 million pounds of trash have been cleaned up from central Pennsylvania roadways, streams, sinkholes and farm lands. In 2014, more than 475 volunteers representing organizations, businesses, families and individuals participated. ClearWater is now seeking volunteers for this year's event. To volunteer, click here to sign up or contact Lori at

Community Engagement Office

LION Challenge Contest

Did you know that Living In One Neighborhood means something different to everyone? 
Some community members and residents feel Living In One Neighborhood is an experience. Other community members and residents consider Living In One Neighborhood a memorable and enjoyable place.

….How do you define Living In One Neighborhood?

The LION Challenge Contest invites your neighborhood and community members to submit for a chance to win a $150 or $100 giftcard! Visit the webpage for more information.
The contest will offer community members and residents an opportunity to share their positive experiences living in a town-gown community. Traditionally the acronym, LION, has been used to reference the idea, Living IOne Neighborhood, that envisions communities of students and communities of long-term residents working together to build community capacity. Now, we want you to tell us how LION is represented.
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Rain Barrel Workshop

ClearWater Conservancy and the MS4 Partners will host a Rain Barrel Workshop on March 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Alpha Fire Company, 2598 Green Tech Drive, State College. Participants will learn the importance of using rain barrels for stormwater control and will assemble a working 55-gallon rain barrel to take home.

Cost is $35. Limit one barrel per household. Space is limited to 20 registrants, so sign up now by calling Sarah Edge at (814) 237-0400 or emailing

Focus on Appearance Award

Rick Bryant presented the 2015 Focus on Appearance Award to Beth Kalenak at the March 2 Borough Council meeting. Periodically, the State College Borough Design Review Board issues a Focus on Appearance Award to individuals, businesses or organizations that have contributed to the enhancement of the community’s ambiance.  Ms. Kalenak's property at 126 West Marylyn Avenue was selected for excellence in aesthetics, landscape design and property maintenance.

Spring Leaf Collection Begins

Spring leaf collection began this week and will continue through May 1. Public Works crews will collect leaves once each week throughout the Borough until collection ends. Please rake leaves to curb, but do not rake leaves onto the street.

Click here for additional instructions.

Collection of Other Yard Trimmings

Brush is collected separately from leaves. You can schedule brush collection by calling (814) 234-7135 or submit a request online. For those with organics collection at curb, grass clippings and brush that can fit inside a cart should be placed in the green-lidded organic waste carts.

Spring Leaf Collection

Upcoming Borough Events

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