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STAR’s Merger with USGBC

The STAR Communities nonprofit organization merged with the U.S. Green Building Council earlier this year. This blog post is intended to share frequently asked questions.  What happened to STAR Full Access subscriptions with the merger? All active STAR subscribers have become USGBC members at the Silver level. For a full list of Silver level member benefits: https://new.usgbc.org/benefits/silver... Read More

Cambridge, MA Awarded Prestigious 5-STAR Community Rating

City Becomes the 50th Certified Community; Receives the Highest STAR Score to Date Cambridge, MA—April 21, 2016 — The City of Cambridge has won national recognition by achieving a 5-STAR Community Rating from STAR Communities, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit. STAR Communities administers the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), the nation’s leading framework and certification program... Read More

40 Communities Achieve STAR Certification

STAR Communities toasted the 40th community to receive a certified STAR Community Rating at the opening night of the National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Nashville, TN (see the list of certified communities). Councillor Gill Sorg of Las Cruces, NM was joined by colleagues from Fort Collins, CO; St. Petersburg, FL; Rosemount, MN; Chandler, AZ; and... Read More

Birmingham Recognized for Sustainability Leadership

Birmingham, AL — Today, Birmingham, AL was awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for sustainability leadership. Birmingham is the first community from Alabama to achieve certification under the national STAR Community Rating System (STAR). The STAR Community Rating System is a robust sustainability rating system for cities, towns, and counties, which helps communities evaluate themselves across... Read More

Rosemount, MN smallest city to receive STAR Community Rating

Washington, DC (March 25, 2015) – During his annual State of the City Address, Mayor Bill Droste announced that Rosemount, MN has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. Rosemount is the smallest U.S. city to achieve certification under the national STAR Community Rating System (STAR). The STAR Community Rating System is a... Read More

Job Posting: Program Coordinator

**THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSED ON APRIL 16, 2015** STAR Communities is seeking a Program Coordinator to work with the organization’s Program Team. Our Program Team consists of sustainability professionals that are involved in supporting cities, towns and counties as they engage with and pursue certification in the STAR Community Rating System. The team is responsible... Read More

8 New Leadership Cities Selected

Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2015) – Today, STAR Communities announced that 8 new cities have been invited to participate in the Spring 2015 Leadership STAR Community Program. With extensive support from STAR Communities staff, the leadership communities will work through the STAR Community Rating System together with the goal of becoming certified by this time next... Read More

Apply Now to Leadership Program

STAR Communities is pleased to announce the opportunity for U.S. cities, towns and counties to participate in the Spring 2015 Leadership STAR Community Program. The Leadership Program provides extensive staff support and services to a cohort of communities as they work through the STAR Community Rating System measuring local sustainability. Communities with high enough scores receive a... Read More

Chandler, AZ Recognized for 3-STAR Community Rating

Washington, D.C. (October 17, 2014) – Last night, during a concert in the park, STAR Communities recognized Chandler, Arizona for their 3-STAR Community Rating. The city is one of only 20 in the nation to achieve certification in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. “The City of... Read More