STAR Affiliates are nonprofits, businesses, and institutions working with us to support and improve our STAR Community Rating System. STAR Affiliates are vital to our effort to help improve local communities. Learn how to become an affiliate.
ARROW GIS is a Geographic Information and Services (GIS) company applying geography to illuminate, inspire, and improve places. They believe geography is at the heart of a more resilient, productive, and sustainable future. ARROW provides mapping, analytics, and planning services using rigorous science, cutting-edge technology, and a collaborative, process-based approach to elevate places to the next level. LOVE OF PLACE, EXALTED BY DESIGN. ™
National League of Cities
The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
Breckinridge Capital Advisors
Breckinridge Capital Advisors is a Boston-based investment advisor specializing in the management of high grade fixed-income portfolios for institutions and private clients. Working through a network of investment consultants and advisors, Breckinridge offers municipal, corporate, government and sustainable bond strategies in customized separate accounts.
International Society of Sustainability Professionals
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world’s leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven association committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward by leading the design and delivery of sustainability professional certification, and by building strong networks and communities of practice. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts almost 1000 members from every region of the world.
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
The SWFL Community Foundation is committed to promoting a sustainable community with a thriving economy, a healthy environment, and where all people choose to live, learn, work, and play. As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Community Foundation is strategically focused on cultivating regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.
Applied Sustainability Group, LLC
The results-oriented Sustainability Short Course™ offered by ASG – Applied Sustainability Group LLC – helps businesses and communities flourish. At the core of the hands-on program, is a focus on “smart savings” and improved profitability. ASG also helps corporations, nonprofits and local governments identify, develop and advance sustainable opportunities, engage employees and stimulate innovation.
Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network
The Sustainable Cities Network, a unit of Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, works with local communities to explore sustainable approaches and address challenges in Arizona municipalities. Through the Network, partners, the steering committee, and workgroups collaborate to streamline city operations, advance solar energy, mitigate the urban heat island, design sustainable neighborhoods, and secure water supplies in a changing climate. Working together, Network partners are making sustainability a core value in city planning, policy, and operations.
Center for Energy & Environmental Policy
Established in 1980 at the University of Delaware, the Center for Energy & Environmental Policy is a leading institution for interdisciplinary education, research, and advocacy in energy and environmental policy. CEEP has been granted official observer status to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and in that capacity, regularly submits position papers on strategies to address humanity’s climate challenge.
Deakin University offers a personalized experience, enhanced by innovative digital engagement. We lead by creating opportunities to live and work in a connected, evolving world. At Deakin University, we strive for an embedded and transparent approach to sustainability. We focus on ‘what matters most’ across our environmental, financial and social sustainability performance.
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities. ICMA identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and professionals serving communities globally. We provide services, research, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA’s members affect millions of people living in thousands of communities, ranging in size from small towns to large metropolitan areas.
The Novak Consulting Group
The Novak Consulting Group is a local government management consulting firm focused on strengthening organizations, for those they serve and those who work in them. As former local government professionals, we deliver innovative thinking and an exceptionally high level of personal service through our three practice areas: Organizational Assessment and Optimization; Facilitation and Strategic Planning; and Executive Search.
Pennsylvania State University
Penn State is a multicampus public research university that educates students from Pennsylvania, the nation and the world, and improves the well being and health of individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service.
Our instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education offered through both resident instruction and online delivery. Our educational programs are enriched by the cutting edge knowledge, diversity, and creativity of our faculty, students, and staff.
Our research, scholarship, and creative activity promote human and economic development, global understanding, and progress in professional practice through the expansion of knowledge and its applications in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and the professions.
As Pennsylvania’s land-grant university, we provide unparalleled access and public service to support the citizens of the Commonwealth. We engage in collaborative activities with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners here and abroad to generate, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society.
The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and transform it into a new kind of national park.
Spanning 1,500 acres in a spectacular setting at the Golden Gate, the Presidio now operates largely without taxpayer support, is home to a large community of residents and commercial tenants, and offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities to people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. Established in 1996 through the ground-breaking and bipartisan Presidio Trust Act, the agency is managed by a seven member board of directors.
The Presidio Trust operates with a partnership approach that brings together individuals and organizations across sectors to generate public benefit. Our key partners are the National Park Service and the non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
RS&H’s integrated approach to sustainability focuses on resource conservation, efficiency, community engagement, and business success. We are committed to delivering sustainable solutions that advance our clients’ social, economic, and environmental goals. Our architects, engineers, environmental scientists, and planners take a holistic approach to planning and designing projects to reduce environmental footprints while enhancing financial performance. We incorporate sustainability into an organization’s mission through design, construction, operations, and employee engagement. We conserve resources by enhancing the efficiency of operations, improving productivity, and providing sustainable design solutions.