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STAR Communities has developed a robust set of programs, tools, and services to meet the needs of a diversity of communities. Local governments that would like intro resources to support local sustainability and planning initiatives can sign up for the STAR Basic Access package. This free package provides tools and resources to get started with our proven framework and promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being for all residents.

When you’re ready to reporting, you can subscribe for the STAR Full Access Package to receive access to the full suite of STAR tools and resources. Whether you’re interested in annual reporting of key indicators to compare performance against peers or looking for a comprehensive baseline evaluation of community sustainability for use in planning or policy making efforts, the STAR Full Access Package has the tools you need.

The Full Access annual subscription package contains all the tools and resources that a local government needs to pursue STAR certification and report annually on the Leading STAR Community Indicators. This package costs $1,000/year and includes valuable methodology and technical guidance manuals, resources for communicating sustainability progress, and tools to support data collection and reporting. It also entitles you to technical assistance and training from STAR staff.

Benefits Basic Access Full Access
STAR Community Rating System X X
Guide to using STAR to support community planning efforts X X
STAR Crosswalk project management spreadsheet tool X X
Email newsletter, quarterly webinars, case studies, and other STAR publications X X
Technical Guide to the STAR Community Rating System   X
Community account to the STAR Online Reporting Tool with access to the Resources hub and application for certification   X
Access to the Leading STAR Community Indicators dashboard with a public facing indicators page for your city/county   X
Web-based trainings to support reporting efforts   X
Technical assistance from STAR staff   X
Opportunities to participate in STAR’s development via governance and technical committees   X
National recognition for your sustainability efforts with a STAR Community Rating   X

If you would like additional support during the certification process, STAR offers several technical assistance programs. The Leadership STAR Community Program is a one-year all-inclusive package that provides STAR’s highest level of training and technical assistance to a cohort of city and county governments as they complete their first baseline community sustainability assessment. The Leadership Program starts with an in-person, two-day orientation for the cohort and runs once a year, beginning on September 1 of each year.

The QuickSTARt program offers similar benefits to the Leadership Program. Instead of working through the certification program as part of a cohort, communities in the QuickSTARt Program receive an upfront, multi-day workshop in the community to build buy-in and support for sustainability efforts, clarify and resolve numerous technical and data issues, and provide a clear pathway to achieving STAR certification.