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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

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts’ Devens Community Achieves a 4-STAR Community Rating

Recognized for National Excellence Devens, Mass. – STAR Communities announced today that Devens, Massachusetts, has been awarded a 4-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The community is the 70th in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which evaluates the livability 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

Lawrence recognized as a national leader in sustainability 

Lawrence is the FIRST community in Kansas to receive a 4-STAR rating for national excellence in sustainability. The STAR Communities framework evaluates local governments on economic, environmental and social factors to measure sustainability and rates communities out of 5 STARs. Lawrence received a 4-STAR rating with a combined point total of 460. What is STAR?... Read More

Announcing: Fall 2016 Leadership STAR Community Program Cohort

Six Communities Across the Country Set to Kickoff Leadership Program under STAR Version 2.0 Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2016) – Today, STAR Communities announced the six new cities that comprise the Fall 2016 Leadership STAR Community Program. They include: Annapolis, MD; Devens, MA; Goleta, CA; New Bedford, MA; Peoria, AZ; and Reno, NV. These communities will be... Read More