According to a social media post Wednesday, Indiana Borough is close to reaching another rung in its bid to be a sustainable community in which to live, work and play.
On Facebook, borough Communications and Grant Coordinator Kyle Mudry posted a recent June 2019 Borough News Magazine story that reported Indiana being just 15 points short of a goal of 203 needed for a platinum ranking in the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.
In a story in the Aug. 19, 2018, edition of the Gazette, the borough announced it had joined a select group of municipalities attaining a gold certification.
Borough officials said it met performance criteria that track 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community.
The program is managed by the Pennsylvania Municipal League in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh, which lists communities attaining platinum, gold, silver, bronze and associate rankings.
It is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities. A new listing of certified municipalities can be expected later this year.
There are seven municipalities now listed as platinum, including Pittsburgh and some of its suburbs, Lancaster and State College.
Indiana shares gold honors with 45 other municipalities, including Butler Township, Latrobe and several State College suburbs. Also listed as a gold community is Reading, where Indiana Manager C. Michael Foote served as sustainability and solid waste manager before being hired here.
Thirty-six municipalities have silver certification. Nine municipalities have bronze certification, and two are listed as having Associate certification.
More details can be found at www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org.