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Just released! Expanded LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities

This past summer, STAR Communities announced that it had formally merged with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). STAR certification programs, services and staff have now transitioned into the LEED for Cities and Communities program at USGBC.  For most of 2018, we have been building a new, expanded rating system and certification program that includes... Read More

Cedar Rapids: Certified 4-STAR Community

After almost a year of work, Cedar Rapids has achieved a Certified 4-STAR Community Rating from STAR Communities. This is a significant accomplishment recognizing years of commitment from city leaders and staff. Sustainability is more than a buzz word — it is a fundamental component of strong communities that endure and thrive. Sustainability is woven into... Read More

Corinth, TX Achieves a 3-STAR Community Rating

City Recognized for Sustainability Leadership Corinth, TX – STAR Communities announced today that the City of Corinth, TX has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The city is the 74th in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which... Read More

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