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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

A New Milestone in Urban Sustainability…

50 Certified Communities! The release of the STAR Community Rating System (STAR) in 2012 marked an important milestone in the urban sustainability movement. Hundreds of stakeholders worked together by consensus to deliver a common framework for sustainability with nationally accepted standards for measuring the depth and breadth of the social, economic, and environmental issues that... 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

Columbus Receives 4-STAR Certification for National Excellence in Sustainability

Columbus, OH –The City of Columbus announced its formal certification as a 4-STAR community in the STAR Community Rating SystemTM, making it the only 4-STAR community in Ohio and one of fifteen 4-STAR communities in the country. There are a total of 44 communities that have achieved certification from STAR Communities to date. STAR is... Read More

Charles City, IA Certified as a 3-STAR Community for Sustainability Efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2016 Charles City, IA –Today, Charles City announced that it has been formally certified in the STAR Community Rating SystemTM (STAR). The city’s approved final score is 217.4, which qualifies Charles City as a Certified 3-STAR Community. Charles City joins Dubuque, Davenport, and Des Moines as the 4th community in... Read More

City of Henderson, NV Receives a 4-STAR Community Rating

STAR Communities Recognizes City for Sustainability Work Today, the City of Henderson, NV announced that it has been formally certified in the STAR Community Rating SystemTM (STAR). The city’s approved final score is 426.1, which qualifies Henderson as a Certified 4-STAR Community. The City is the 45th community nationwide to achieve certification from STAR Communities,... Read More