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2017 Leading STAR Communities Indicators Now Open!

STAR Communities is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Leading STAR Community Indicators data collection period. The Leading Indicators consist of 21 metrics based on the STAR Community Rating System and are organized into an online platform where communities can annually report and compare their results with other participating communities. In 2016, a cohort of pilot communities... 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

Q&A with 4-STAR Community King County, WA

This month we hear from King County, WA, a member of the STAR pilot program and Certified 4-STAR Community. What was King County hoping would come out of completing the STAR certification process? King County has been an advocate and contributor to the STAR program since its inception and was excited to complete the certification process... 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

Our 2016 Highlights

As we prepare for a new year, we reflect on the past year’s successes. 2016 was a strengthening and movement-building year for STAR Communities. We streamlined our subscription model and developed new training and technical assistance programs for certified communities. We crossed major milestones, such as the release of Version 2.0 and verifying our 50th... 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

Q&A Series on the Leading STAR Community Indicators

STAR Communities partnered with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) to develop an online dashboard of 21 key sustainability indicators. We connected with two of the Leading Indicators project leads, Leslie Ethen and Catherine Hurley, to get their insight into the development process and project goals. Why do you think sustainability managers are interested in a tool for annual... 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