The State College Borough Council, a university town in Pennsylvania, voted unanimously this week to adopt a resolution establishing a goal of 100% renewable energy no later than 2050. With this resolution, the Borough of State College is now committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions and clean energy “as quickly as feasible” and to “lead by example to rapidly pursue these goals in a manner that is transparent, fair, and economically responsible.”
The home of Penn State University, the borough has shown initiative when it comes to climate action over the years, passing its first commitment in 2007. Jesse Barlow, a local Sierra Club member, professor at Penn State, and Borough council member, drafted, and introduced the resolution in May.
“In passing this resolution making State College Borough a Sierra Club Ready for 100 municipality, we are making important pledge for the future of the Borough and the region,” said Jesse Barlow, State College Borough Council member. “It is a recognition that local government has a strong role to play in mitigating global climate disruption and its continues the Borough’s strong commitment to environmental sustainability.”
During the public comment period, Dorothy Blair, a member of the neighboring Harris township and president of the Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition, also spoke in support of the resolution. The Coalition has been working in the region since January 2018 to “protect our constitutionally-guaranteed environmental rights as Pennsylvania citizens.”
Blair recognizes the passing of this resolution as a step toward greater protection of these rights and toward cleaner air and water for the local community.
Chloe Selles, the Ready for 100 Organizing Fellow for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, added: “We look forward to supporting the work of community members in the borough of State College and throughout Centre County as they move toward a cleaner, more equitable future,” said
On June 12th, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club will host a public meeting to celebrate State College’s commitment, and to discuss next steps. Learn more information or RSVP here.
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