State College Borough recognized as Platinum Certified Sustainable Municipality

Date: June 5, 2018

Ferguson Township congratulates the Borough of State College on being recognized as a Platinum Certified Sustainable Municipality — the highest performance level that can be achieved through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification Program. 

The honor was announced today as the Pennsylvania Municipal League's Sustainability Conference is convening. Municipal leaders from around the state — including Ferguson Township Manager David Pribulka — are discussing ways to improve local sustainability efforts and review success stories. Topics include implementable comprehensive planning, community gardening and urban agriculture, the National League of Cities’ Race, Equity and Leadership initiative, and strategic energy planning. Learn more about this conference at the PML website 

Previously, the Borough was 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 has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability in operations, management and provision of public services through many actions, including a Human Relations Commission and an LGBTQ Advisory Committee, outlining greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standard for the Municipal Building, constructing local rain gardens to minimize stormwater runoff, and establishing the first municipality-wide food waste collection and composting program on the East coast. 

Sustainability is Ferguson Township's focus in 2018. You can learn more about the Township's initiatives in our Spring 2018 print newsletter