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STAR Communities releases Climate Change Guide

New resource will aid communities in going beyond the pledge for climate action Washington, DC – Yesterday, STAR Communities released the latest online resource to help communities tackle climate change. The guide, called Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation: Using the STAR Community Rating System to prioritize planning and make decisions, or Climate Change Guide, utilizes the... 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

Indianapolis Recertifies and Becomes a 4-STAR Community

Earlier this month, the City of Indianapolis, IN became the first Certified STAR Community to recertify under the STAR Community Rating System! The city was able to improve its score by over 100 points and moved from being a Certified 3-STAR Community to the 4-STAR level. David Hirschle of the Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability shared how the city plans to use the... Read More

Columbia Gets a “Quick Start” to Achieving STAR Certification

Columbia, SC – Over 50 city staff and community members from Columbia, SC gathered at the EdVenture Children’s Museum earlier this month to participate in a community sustainability workshop held by the Public Works Department for the City of Columbia. The workshop was run by STAR Communities and Global Green USA, national nonprofit organizations with broad experience... Read More

Beyond Buzzwords: How West Palm Beach Is Creating a Lasting Resiliency Strategy

This article was originally posted on National League of Cities “CitiesSpeak” blog. As part of NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience Program, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, conducted a STAR Communities workshop aimed at identifying and prioritizing actions to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of the people living in the community.... Read More

Q&A Series with Rachael Schaffner of Fayetteville, AR

This month we hear from Rachael Schaffner, Sustainability Project Coordinator, in Fayetteville, AR. Fayetteville received a 3-STAR Certification in August 2014. In late 2016, the City conducted a survey to gather community perceptions on sustainability. What was the driving force behind conducting the Community Perceptions Survey? We conducted our Community Survey for 2 primary reasons.... Read More

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

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