One of the top reasons that U.S. cities and counties come to STAR Communities is because they are looking for ways to understand buzzwords like sustainability and resiliency. Recently city and county officials have asked how the STAR Community Rating System relates to resilience and whether STAR’s metrics and best practices can be used to measure community-wide resilience. To answer this question, we’ve put together a new publication, Measuring Community Resilience with the STAR Community Rating System.
The intent of this document is not to introduce a new rating system for local resilience, but instead to identify how the existing STAR framework of sustainability metrics can be translated to a resilience perspective. STAR’s framework of goals, objectives, outcomes, and actions enables a community to better understand baseline community conditions, set goals for improvement, identify best practices, and measure progress over time.
Similarly, this guide presents information, metrics, and case studies that communities can use to measure local resilience, recognize connected community systems, learn about best practices, and start setting a path towards becoming a more resilient and sustainable community. The guide also has a companion spreadsheet tool that can be used to quickly filter STAR’s measures by resilience category.
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