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**Program Application and Informational Kit below**

Modeled after the successful STAR Pilot Program, the Leadership STAR Community Program supports a cohort of cities, towns and counties as they get organized around the Rating System then collect and report their data in order to receive a certified STAR Community Rating. Leadership STAR Communities will have extensive access to STAR Communities staff and on-call experts, online tools, training programs (both web-based and in-person), technical assistance and other services associated with the STAR Community Rating System. 

Communities achieving a certified STAR Community Rating will be recognized as national leaders in sustainability and gain a deep understanding of their community’s strengths and needs to support current and future generations. 

Through this one-year program, Leadership STAR Communities will gain tools to measure progress towards a common set of sustainability metrics; access to STAR’s online platform to track the community’s sustainability data; opportunities to learn best practice from other communities; and assistance in sustainability messaging and storytelling. It is expected that communities will apply for STAR certification by the end of the program.

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

  • Invitation to a two-day in-person kickoff training for two team members;
  • Invitation to the 1-hour “Intro to STAR” web training for all interested team members;
  • A dedicated staff member available for regular check-in calls and to answer technical questions;
  • Use of the Self Assessment Tool, a checklist to determine your community’s preliminary score;
  •  Access to the Technical Guide for the STAR Communities Rating System;
  •  Access to the Online Reporting Tool to store data and submission information;
  •  Monthly webinars with other communities to work through the rating system together;
  • Media services to assist in sustainability storytelling to the public and other audiences;
  • E-communications, including newsletters and an internal listserv for Leadership communities; and
  • Verification of the community’s submission to receive an official STAR certification ($1,500 value).

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Applications are currently being accepted for the September 2014 program. Please review the program application and informational kit for details. The fall program will commence September 1st with the in-person orientation program scheduled for September 10-11, 2014 in Houston, TX in conjunction with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Annual Meeting. For more information, please email info@STARcommunities.org.

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Due to popular demand, STAR Communities has added a second Leadership STAR Community Program to its offerings. Communities will have the opportunity to commence the 12-month program on either March 1 or September 1 of each year.