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Beyond Buzzwords: How West Palm Beach Is Creating a Lasting Resiliency Strategy

This article was originally posted on National League of Cities “CitiesSpeak” blog. As part of NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience Program, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, conducted a STAR Communities workshop aimed at identifying and prioritizing actions to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of the people living in the community.... Read More

Q&A Series with Rachael Schaffner of Fayetteville, AR

This month we hear from Rachael Schaffner, Sustainability Project Coordinator, in Fayetteville, AR. Fayetteville received a 3-STAR Certification in August 2014. In late 2016, the City conducted a survey to gather community perceptions on sustainability. What was the driving force behind conducting the Community Perceptions Survey? We conducted our Community Survey for 2 primary reasons.... Read More

Winston-Salem, NC Achieves 3-STAR Rating

Winston-Salem, NC –Winston-Salem’s efforts to promote sustainability have been recognized by STAR Communities, which has designated the city a 3-STAR Community for national leadership in sustainability. STAR Communities is a national non-profit that promotes and evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. Winston-Salem is the second city in North Carolina to be certified through the... Read More

2017 Leading STAR Communities Indicators Now Open!

STAR Communities is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Leading STAR Community Indicators data collection period. The Leading Indicators consist of 21 metrics based on the STAR Community Rating System and are organized into an online platform where communities can annually report and compare their results with other participating communities. In 2016, a cohort of pilot communities... Read More

St. Petersburg, FL Receives a 3-STAR Community Rating

City Recognized for National Sustainability Leadership St. Petersburg, FL – During St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s State of the City Address on Saturday, January 14, he announced that the City has been formally certified in the STAR Community Rating SystemTM (STAR). The City earned a Certified 3-STAR Community Rating and has been nationally recognized for... Read More

Q&A with 4-STAR Community King County, WA

This month we hear from King County, WA, a member of the STAR pilot program and Certified 4-STAR Community. What was King County hoping would come out of completing the STAR certification process? King County has been an advocate and contributor to the STAR program since its inception and was excited to complete the certification process... Read More

Kansas City, MO Earns 4-STAR Community Rating

City Recognized for National Sustainability Kansas City, Missouri, is joining a national fellowship of cities being recognized for innovative operating practices that contribute to a healthy environment, a strong economy and enhance the overall well-being of the community. The City earned a 4-STAR Community Rating for sustainability excellence, becoming the highest rated city in the... Read More

West Palm Beach, FL Earns 4-STAR Community Rating

CITY HONORED FOR ITS HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, STRONG ECONOMY & ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS TO COMMUNITY WELL-BEING West Palm Beach, FL – The average American city has only 12 acres of open park space for every 1,000 residents. West Palm Beach has 129 acres! Some cities are trying to cut twenty percent of their energy use over a... Read More

Our 2016 Highlights

As we prepare for a new year, we reflect on the past year’s successes. 2016 was a strengthening and movement-building year for STAR Communities. We streamlined our subscription model and developed new training and technical assistance programs for certified communities. We crossed major milestones, such as the release of Version 2.0 and verifying our 50th... Read More

Lawrence recognized as a national leader in sustainability 

Lawrence is the FIRST community in Kansas to receive a 4-STAR rating for national excellence in sustainability. The STAR Communities framework evaluates local governments on economic, environmental and social factors to measure sustainability and rates communities out of 5 STARs. Lawrence received a 4-STAR rating with a combined point total of 460. What is STAR?... Read More