The QuickSTARt Program is a customized, all inclusive technical assistance package that provides training and an in-person workshop to local government staff as they complete their first baseline community sustainability assessment by pursuing STAR certification. The program recognizes that cities that have leadership buy-in, get organized upfront, and build a diverse team have great potential to realize transformation and catalyze action through the STAR certification process.
The QuickSTARt program is designed to accelerate the process of getting organized and achieving certification so that the community can quickly move through the assessment phase into implementation efforts. It includes extensive technical assistance throughout the program year via a dedicated STAR coordinator, remote trainings and support, and a 2-day in-person data collection workshop. The goal of the workshop is to get buy-in and build understanding of the STAR framework and certification process and accelerate the data collection process to achieve certification within a 6-8 month timeline.
The program helps a community to quickly align local plans, programs, and policies with the STAR framework, identify the evaluation measures available to a community, support focused data collection efforts, and enable the early identification of new policies and programs that may support STAR certification. It will motivate the community’s local STAR project team, clarify and resolve numerous technical issues, and provide a clear pathway forward to certification and implementation.
The QuickSTARt program term runs for a full 12 months and can be started at any time of the year, pending STAR staff availability. Once the program year has commenced, it is expected that the community will complete STAR verification and certification within 12 months.
STAR Communities staff will work with the community to identify an appropriate date for the workshop. The project team for the local community will spend 2-4 months getting oriented to the STAR framework and certification process via conference calls and remote webinars, doing preliminary research and alignment, and planning the in-person workshop.
The workshop will be tailored to the needs of the community, but primary goals will be to get buy-in and build understanding of the STAR framework and certification process, and to accelerate the data collection process to achieve STAR certification within a 6-8 month timeline.
Key benefits of the QuickSTARt Program include:
- A 2-day in-person workshop for local staff and partners, that may include:
- Orientation and training sessions;
- Presentations to help get buy-in from elected officials, senior management, and/or community partners;
- Data collection workshops to begin gathering information for certification; and/or
- Planning and strategy sessions with the core project team.
- A dedicated STAR Communities liaison to provide technical assistance throughout the year;
- One year Full Access subscription to STAR tools and services, including reporting and certification tools;
- Verification of the community’s submission to receive an official STAR certification; and
- Recognition as a national sustainability leader.
For more information, please download the program details handout. If you are interested in participating in QuickSTARt program, please contact program manager Lacey Shaver at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a phone call to discuss your community’s suitability for the program and potential program start dates.