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STAR Communities is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that works to advance a national framework to evaluate and certify sustainable communities in North America. We rate communities on 45 objectives including economic, environmental and social performance measures. STAR’s rating criteria are designed to assess communities’ sustainability efforts in a clear and data-driven way.

The STAR Community Rating System is the nation’s leading comprehensive framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability, encompassing economic, environmental and social performance measures.  Local leaders use the rating system’s evaluation measures to assess their current level of sustainability, set targets for moving ahead, and measure progress along the way.

You can read more about our framework and our story or view the map of our active STAR communities. You may also want to download our Leading STAR Community Indicators brochure or our flyers on how we help communities to Set Goals, Measure Progress, and Improve Your Community, or view our staff directory and board of directors.

Which communities are involved? Who has been certified?

The list of STAR communities is always growing! Since 2012, we have supported more than 100 cities and counties across the United States, representing more than 40 million people. STAR communities are diverse in size, geography, and demographics. STAR communities are as large as Houston, TX (2.2 million population) and as small as Nederland, CO (1,478 population). See a map of all communities here.

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and the staff of the Office of Sustainability pose with their 4-STAR plaque and Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director of STAR Communities.

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and the staff of the Office of Sustainability pose with their 4-STAR plaque and Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director of STAR Communities.

 

As of January 2017, 59 communities have been certified. See the list of certified communities here and view photos from recent certifications on our Facebook stream.

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Members of the media are invited to contact STAR Communities with questions and requests for interviews or information. Please contact:

Lacey Shaver Community Engagement Manager lacey@starcommunities.org
(855) 890-7827 ext. 105