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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

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

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

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

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

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

Peoria Achieves a 3-STAR Community Rating

City Recognized for Sustainability Leadership Peoria, Ariz. (February 27, 2018) – STAR Communities announced today that Peoria, AZ has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. Peoria is the 69th city in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which... Read More

Ann Arbor, MI: Certified 4-STAR Community

Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator for Ann Arbor, MI shares their STAR story. The City of Ann Arbor has been a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network for 8 years and has followed the growth of STAR. While the idea of developing a uniform set of metrics across cities has great appeal, we struggled for several years... Read More

Devens, MA: Certified 4-STAR Community

Neil Angus, Environmental Planner for Devens shares the community’s STAR story. As a former military base, Devens has always had a commitment to sustainable redevelopment. This commitment stemmed from an initial planning charrette in the early 1990’s when the closure of Devens was announced. The surrounding towns of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Lancaster, along with numerous... Read More