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STAR + LEED for Cities

STAR Communities has officially merged with the U.S. Green Building Council. Together, we are developing a new, expanded LEED for Cities & Communities program that incorporates the best of the STAR Community Rating System within the LEED rating system structure.

The new program, expected to release in early 2019, will be data-driven and performance based, but will include those critical best practices needed to move the needle on local sustainability conditions. Our intention is to scale our work globally and support cities and communities around the world on their sustainability journey.


STAR is now a part of the LEED for Cities & Communities program at USGBC. We may have moved, but we’re still ready to support you in your local sustainability efforts. Whether you are interested in benchmarking your community’s performance, tracking indicators, or rolling up your sleeves and making on the ground improvements, we’re here to help. 


The STAR Community Rating System supports best practices that move the needle on community-level conditions and outcomes. Learn how cities and counties have used STAR to affect positive change in their communities by viewing case studies and webinars.


STAR’s framework of 7 goals, 45 objectives and 500+ outcome and action measures support local efforts. Download Version 2.0 the Rating System.


Is your community STAR-Certified? Find out who is using our data-driven approach to assessing social, economic and environmental progress.

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