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Case Study: Integrating Sustainability Targets into Strategic Plans

When most people think of city plans, they think of comprehensive or long-range plans, which provide broad guidance for community-wide development and decision making on a ten to twenty year horizon. These types of plans are often criticized as documents that “just live on the shelf,” meaning they were developed but never implemented. Comprehensive plans... Read More

STAR Leads Resilience Workshop in Goleta, CA

Situated within Santa Barbara County in the California South Coast region, the City of Goleta is a relatively new city. Since its incorporation in 2002, the City has prioritized environmental stewardship and sustainability in planning, programs, and decision-making. To take this work to the next level, Goleta joined the Fall 2016 STAR Leadership Program in order to identify and convey the City’s... Read More

Peoria, AZ: Certified 3-STAR Community

Lisa Estrada, Economic Efficiency and Sustainability Manager for Peoria, AZ shares their STAR story. The City of Peoria decided to pursue STAR certification to gain clarity around its sustainability efforts. Although we knew we were taking steps in the right direction, we did not fully understand what kind of impact we were having. We needed a widely recognized tool... Read More

Bellevue, WA: Certified 4-STAR Community

Jennifer Ewing, Environmental Stewardship Program Manager for Bellevue, WA shares their STAR story. The City of Bellevue, WA received a 4-STAR Community Rating earlier this spring. The City decided to pursue STAR certification for multiple reasons – to benchmark the City’s progress and identify opportunities for improvement in our environmental sustainability programs, along with our other projects. Through the... Read More

Case Study: Including Sustainability in Requests for Proposals

FEATURING IOWA CITY, IA AND LAS VEGAS, NV A Request For Proposal (RFP) is a contracting tool used by local governments to solicit ideas and bids for projects that will be completed either exclusively by a vendor or in collaboration with staff. These projects tend to have a limited duration with clearly articulated deliverables. They... Read More

Case Study: Capturing Community Perception Through Surveys

FEATURING FAYETTEVILLE, AR Understanding how residents perceive their communities—the good and the bad—is crucial to helping local decision makers adapt strategies and policies to meet community needs. Because perceptions of sustainability can vary widely within a community, a community perception survey can be a useful way to gauge overall satisfaction within a jurisdiction and may... Read More

Achieving community and regional goals in Northern Arizona

STAR facilitates workshop for Arizona cities, towns, and counties On March 15th and 16th STAR Communities conducted a workshop in Flagstaff, AZ to help local municipal and county staff better understand sustainability and resiliency and how to integrate these concepts into their day-to-day operations using the STAR Community Rating System. The workshop, hosted by the... Read More

Tracking Sustainability Progress in Pinellas County, FL

County kicks off certification process with STAR workshop Pinellas County, Florida has a long-standing commitment to tracking and documenting local sustainability progress. In 2006, the County became the first local government in Florida to be certified at the silver level under the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Green Local Government Program, and in 2013 became the first... Read More

Case Study: Bringing Equity into the Sustainability Conversation

Featuring Dubuque, Iowa STAR certification provides a clear, data-driven approach to assessing a community’s sustainability efforts. The baseline assessment achieved through certification is an important first step to advancing community-wide sustainability, as it often reveals areas for improvement. Certified STAR communities are digging into their certification results and finding the tools to engage partners and... Read More

Evanston, IL First U.S. City to Recertify in STAR Version 2.0

City maintains certified 4-STAR Community Rating Evanston, IL – STAR Communities announced today that the city of Evanston has maintained its certified 4-STAR Community Rating through recertification in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR). The city first certified in 2014 and is the first to recertify under version 2.0 of the nation’s leading framework and... Read More