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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

St. Petersburg, FL Receives a 3-STAR Community Rating

City Recognized for National Sustainability Leadership St. Petersburg, FL – During St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s State of the City Address on Saturday, January 14, he announced that the City has been formally certified in the STAR Community Rating SystemTM (STAR). The City earned a Certified 3-STAR Community Rating and has been nationally recognized for... Read More

Kansas City, MO Earns 4-STAR Community Rating

City Recognized for National Sustainability Kansas City, Missouri, is joining a national fellowship of cities being recognized for innovative operating practices that contribute to a healthy environment, a strong economy and enhance the overall well-being of the community. The City earned a 4-STAR Community Rating for sustainability excellence, becoming the highest rated city in the... Read More

West Palm Beach, FL Earns 4-STAR Community Rating

CITY HONORED FOR ITS HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, STRONG ECONOMY & ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS TO COMMUNITY WELL-BEING West Palm Beach, FL – The average American city has only 12 acres of open park space for every 1,000 residents. West Palm Beach has 129 acres! Some cities are trying to cut twenty percent of their energy use over a... 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

King County, WA Receives a 4-STAR Community Rating

County Recognized for National Sustainability Excellence FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2016 King County, WA –STAR Communities is pleased to announce that King County has formally earned a Certified 4-STAR Community Rating and has been recognized for national excellence in sustainability. King County is the 3rd community in Washington and 54th nationwide to achieve certification... Read More

Siemens Teams with STAR Communities to Give Cities a Quick Start to STAR Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2016 Siemens Teams with STAR Communities to Give Cities a Quick Start to STAR Certification In collaboration with Siemens, STAR Communities is inviting applications from cities interested in accelerating their STAR certification efforts in 2017 through the QuickSTARt Program. This initiative is supported by the Siemens Cities Center of Competence... Read More

Announcing Version 2.0 of the STAR Community Rating System

The release of the STAR Community Rating System (STAR) in 2012 marked an important milestone in the urban sustainability movement. Since then, nearly 60 communities have been certified under STAR and hundreds of others have used the framework to guide local planning, decision-making, and investment. Today, we mark a new milestone: the release of Version 2.0... 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

Announcing the STAR Version 2.0 Public Comment Period

  Since its release in fall 2012, more than 50 towns, cities, and counties have been certified under the STAR Community Rating SystemTM (STAR), with hundreds of others actively using the framework to guide local planning, decision-making, and investment. The rating system’s metrics and methods have inspired local leaders to be more inclusive, make equitable... Read More