GovNews: State College Borough Recognized as Platinum Certified Sustainable Municipality

ARTICLE | Jun 5, 2018
State College, PA

State College, PA – State College Borough announced today that they have earned Platinum Certification, the highest performance level, through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program. State College Borough was previously recognized at the Gold level of certification for meeting the program's rigorous performance criteria which track 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community.

State College Borough stands out as a leading Sustainable Community by demonstrating their commitment to sustainability in operations, management and provision of public services through many actions, including maintaining a Human Relations Commission and an LGBTQ Advisory Committee, outlining greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals in Resolution 944 (2017), achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standard for the Municipal Building, constructing local rain gardens to minimize storm water runoff and establishing the first municipality-wide food waste collection and composting program on the East Coast.

The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, managed by the Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities. The certification is implemented statewide, recognizing boroughs, townships, cities and home rule municipalities across the Commonwealth. The PML and Sustainable Pittsburgh applaud municipalities for their demonstrated commitment and sustainability performance.

State College is excited to announce this achievement on the same day they are hosting PML’s Sustainability Conference. Municipal leaders from across the state convene to discuss ways to improve local sustainability efforts and review success stories. Topic include implementable comprehensive planning, community gardening and urban agriculture, National League of Cities’ Race, Equity and Leadership initiative and strategic energy planning. Find out more information about this conference on PML’s website:

"We are delighted to see State College Borough distinguished among local governments that are leading the way in applying sustainability both to their operations and management as well as within the community," said Anne McCollum, Director of Training and Development, Pennsylvania Municipal League.

The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification is intended to bring recognition to municipalities that are implementing the policies and practices of sustainability to advance community and regional prosperity. It also serves as a mechanism for sharing best practices for creating a more sustainable Pennsylvania. "Municipalities that earn the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification have demonstrated a commitment to advancing sustainable best practices to foster thriving and vibrant communities where people long to live, work, and play. Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation is at the heart of sustainability and the Certification Program is a means to accelerate municipal performance," said James T. Price, Sustainable Community Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh.

“The Mayor and Borough Council Members have been strong advocates for sustainability, and as a result, State College has a long history of focusing on sustainability. Being recognized as a Platinum Certified Community by the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program shows that we’ve made measurable strides towards our sustainability goals. We are honored to be recognized by our peers as a leading community in this field. On Monday, June 4, we presented our Sustainability Plan draft which outlines additional goals and objectives that we are working to meet in the next 5 years,” said Thomas J. Fountaine, Borough Manager, State College, PA.

In earning the Platinum certification, State College Borough is acknowledged as a leading example for progress in such areas as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls and internal management and operations. Details regarding how State College Borough is addressing these topics can be found on the certification program’s website:
About the Pennsylvania Municipal League
The Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd class cities. PML represents participating Pennsylvania cities, townships, towns, boroughs and home rule municipalities that all share the League’s municipal policy interests. PML provides a wide array of municipal services including legislative advocacy (on both the state and federal levels), publications designed to educate and inform, education and training certification programs, membership research and inquiries, consulting-based programs, group insurance trusts and the statewide Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification. Specific to Southwestern Pennsylvania, PML is partnered with Sustainable Pittsburgh for outreach.
About Sustainable Pittsburgh
Sustainable Pittsburgh works to support decision-makers in the Pittsburgh Region to improve the integration of economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality through fostering sustainable solutions for communities and businesses. Over the past 20 years, Sustainable Pittsburgh has proven adept at building coalitions for the policy and practice of sustainable development for southwestern Pennsylvania. SP educates and engages decision-makers and in turn elevates expectations for integration of the 3Es (environmental conservation, social equity, and economic prosperity) among government, businesses, nonprofits and academia.

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