Sustainability has many different definitions. For State College Borough, sustainability means using best practices to create lasting environmental, economic, societal and fiscal 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.
State College is serious about sustainability. State College Borough Council committed to sustainability in 2007 when it passed Resolution 944, a Commitment 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.
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.