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STAR Communities is a nonprofit organization that works to evaluate, improve, and certify sustainable communities. We help cities and counties achieve a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well being for their residents.

We administer the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), the nation’s leading framework and certification program for local sustainability. Technical experts, sustainability leaders, and local government officials developed the rating system to provide a transparent and data-driven mechanism to improve local communities. Cities and counties use STAR to measure their progress across social, economic, and environmental performance areas.

Sustainability means different things to different people, so STAR provides a clear, data-driven approach to assessing communities’ sustainability efforts. The STAR framework helps communities assess their efforts in seven key areas and define sustainability for themselves. This robust framework is necessary for communities to credibly track their progress toward overall sustainability objectives and to allow communities to compare progress with each other.

The STAR Community Rating System was initiated and supported by founding partners ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, the U.S. Green Building Council, National League of Cities and the Center for American Progress. Our work is supported through community subscriptions and generous foundation grants from these national philanthropic organizations.

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