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Q&A Series: Integrating STAR into Local Plans in Lawrence, KS

This month we hear from Eileen Horn, Sustainability Director in Lawrence and Douglas County, KS. Lawrence received a 4-STAR Rating in October 2016. Since that time, the City has used STAR outcomes as the metrics for their recently adopted Strategic Plan and incorporated STAR actions into an update to their Comprehensive Plan. What was Lawrence’s... Read More

STAR Objective Spotlight: EAC-3: Educational Opportunity & Attainment

Summer vacation days are waning. Principals and teachers are dusting off cobwebs, physically and mentally, and gearing up for the next school year to begin. This month, STAR Communities is directing attention to Objective EAC-3: Educational Opportunity & Attainment. Objective EAC-3 focuses on equitable attainment of quality education for individuals from birth to adulthood. Outcomes... Read More

STAR Communities Board Approves Strategic Plan

Earlier this year, the STAR Communities Board of Directors approved a strategic plan for 2017-2020. The new strategic plan guides the organization’s activities and presents an updated mission, vision, and core values for the organization. STAR Communities became an independent 501c3 organization in 2012. The rating system was released in pilot program that same year. Five... Read More

Local Government Adaptation to a Changing Climate Using the STAR Community Rating System

This is the second blog post which provides supporting perspectives for the new STAR Climate Change Guide. Read the first blog post here. In addition, STAR hosted a webinar on  July 20th, with representatives from local governments that discussed the newly released Climate Change Guide, the current state of climate change efforts in the United States, and several local... Read More

Q&A Series: Building a Sustainability Coalition in Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem, NC received their 3-STAR Rating in February 2017, as a part of the Spring 2016 Leadership STAR Community Program. Wendell Hardin, Sustainability Manger, and Helen Peplowski, Sustainability Project Coordinator, tell us how the City took a comprehensive approach during their data collection, in order to assess the whole community’s sustainability. They also share how... Read More

Implementing the US Climate Mayors Pledge

By Alex Helling, STAR Communities Technical Specialist STAR Communities released the STAR Climate Change Guide on June 20th, 2017 to support US cities and counties engaged in climate action. The Guide draws upon strategies and best practices in the STAR Community Rating System and the experiences of over 60 STAR-certified communities. Local leaders are invited... Read More

Durango,CO Recognized for Sustainability Leadership

City Receives 3-STAR Community Rating Durango, CO — The City of Durango is pleased to announce that it has been formally certified in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR). The City earned a Certified 3-STAR Community Rating and has been recognized for sustainability leadership. Durango is the 3 rd community in Colorado and the 61 st... Read More

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