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Just Released! STAR Resilience Guide

Resilience: it’s a hot topic on the minds of local leaders these days. Whether it’s a rust belt city dealing with economic shocks from changing industries, a west coast town battling droughts and wildfires, or a coastal county responding to rising sea levels, cities and counties across the United States are increasingly aware of the... Read More

Case Study: Communicating Results Through Open Data Dashboards

In recent years, the push for greater transparency in government operations from citizens and groups such as the Sunlight Foundation has led local governments to assess how to best share the wealth of data that they collect. Elected officials and city and county managers acknowledge that it is important to track how tax dollars are... Read More

Using STAR to shape a new sustainability program: Reno, NV

  When Lynne Barker started as the first sustainability director for the City of Reno in 2015, one of her first tasks was to get a sense of where Reno stood in regards to sustainability. To conduct a comprehensive baseline of community conditions, she turned to the STAR Community Rating System and its certification program.... Read More

Alignment between STAR and the SDGs

This is the first in a multi-part series exploring the potential relationship between the STAR Community Rating System and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2015, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution establishing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the intent of creating a more sustainable world by 2030. As part of the resolution, the UN identified... Read More

Planning for future growth in Corinth, TX

Corinth gets a quick start to STAR certification In October 2017, the City of Corinth, TX was accepted into the STAR Leadership Program, which supports cities and counties as they get organized around the rating system then collect and report data in order to receive their first certified STAR Community Rating. With a population slightly... Read More

Press release: GBCI and STAR Announce New Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Green Business Certification Inc. Partners with STAR Communities to Help Cities, Communities Reach Sustainability Goals STAR to be integrated with LEED for Communities and Cities in the near term Washington, D.C. – (November 7, 2017) – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business performance and... Read More

Denton Awarded 3-STAR Community Rating

City Identified as a Leader in Sustainability DENTON, TX, Oct. 20, 2017 – The City of Denton has been awarded the 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The city received this recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), the nation’s leading framework and certification program for local sustainability and livability... Read More

Applications for Fall 2017 Leadership Program Now Available!

  STAR Communities is pleased to announce the opportunity for U.S. cities, towns, and counties to participate in the Fall 2017 Leadership STAR Community Program. The one-year, all-inclusive Leadership Program is designed to help communities to baseline their current sustainability status by achieving STAR certification. The STAR Community Rating System (STAR) is the nation’s leading framework... Read More

Columbia Gets a “Quick Start” to Achieving STAR Certification

Columbia, SC – Over 50 city staff and community members from Columbia, SC gathered at the EdVenture Children’s Museum earlier this month to participate in a community sustainability workshop held by the Public Works Department for the City of Columbia. The workshop was run by STAR Communities and Global Green USA, national nonprofit organizations with broad experience... Read More

Winston-Salem, NC Achieves 3-STAR Rating

Winston-Salem, NC –Winston-Salem’s efforts to promote sustainability have been recognized by STAR Communities, which has designated the city a 3-STAR Community for national leadership in sustainability. STAR Communities is a national non-profit that promotes and evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. Winston-Salem is the second city in North Carolina to be certified through the... Read More