City of Scranton Recognized as Silver Certified Sustainable Community

August 25, 2022

Scranton, PA – August 25, 2022. The City of Scranton announced today it is among a select group of high performing municipalities to become certified through the Sustainable Pennsylvania program, and is the first municipality in the state to be certified under its redesigned program. Scranton is recognized at the Silver level of certification for meeting the program’s rigorous performance criteria, which provide a foundational approach for building communities that thrive.

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

In earning a Silver certification, Scranton is acknowledged for its progress in such areas as community design and land use, health and wellness, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls, and internal management and operations. Details about Scranton’s certification performance within these topics will be available at by September 10th.

“The City of Scranton is proud to be recognized as a Silver certified community by Sustainable Pennsylvania,” said Craig Beavers, Assistant City Planner. “We are pleased to be recognized and be part of this statewide community of good governance.”

“We are delighted to see Scranton distinguished among local governments that are leading the way in applying sustainability to both their operations and management as well as within the community,” said John Brenner, Executive Director of The League.

Sustainable Pennsylvania is intended to bring recognition to municipalities that are implementing the policies and practices of sustainability to advance community and regional prosperity.  The program provides strategies, resources, and recognition to municipalities for improving quality of life and expanding opportunities for everyone.

“Sustainability requires a foundational approach that simultaneously integrates social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic development in decision-making,” said Joylette Portlock, Ph.D., Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh. “Sustainable Pennsylvania provides municipal governments and stakeholders clear and recognizable sustainability objectives to share, so that they can foster thriving and vibrant communities, built to last.”

For more information, please visit or contact Craig Beavers, at 570-348-4193 x4512 or

About the Pennsylvania Municipal League

The Pennsylvania Municipal League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd class cities. Today, The League represents participating Pennsylvania cities, boroughs, townships, home rule communities and towns that all share The League’s municipal policy interests. The mission of the Pennsylvania Municipal League is to strengthen, empower and advocate for effective local government.

About Sustainable Pittsburgh

Sustainable Pittsburgh is committed to building the knowledge, perspective, and ability needed to create a better tomorrow for our region. We’re optimistic, having worked with nearly a thousand businesses, communities and organizations to take action using our customized frameworks to track progress and simultaneously advance social equity, environmental stewardship, and prosperity. The strategic networks we host leverage the collective expertise and diverse perspectives within our region to ensure our communities can meet our challenges today and thrive into the future. Together, we are co-creating a fundamentally equitable, resilient, healthy, and prosperous southwestern Pennsylvania.

Last modified: August 25, 2022

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