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8 New Leadership Cities Selected

Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2015) – Today, STAR Communities announced that 8 new cities have been invited to participate in the Spring 2015 Leadership STAR Community Program. With extensive support from STAR Communities staff, the leadership communities will work through the STAR Community Rating System together with the goal of becoming certified by this time next... Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Join the 2015 Spring Leadership Program

1) Learn tips and tricks from Certified STAR Communities on how they reached certification at our 2-day in-person orientation training. 2) Apply for scholarship money to make tight budgets stretch further. 3) Receive one year of on-call support from experienced STAR staff on everything from technical questions to project management to marketing your score. 4)... Read More

Job Posting: Technical Specialist

STAR Communities is seeking a Technical Specialist to work with the organization’s technical team. Our technical team consists of sustainability professionals that are involved in developing and facilitating changes to the procedural components of the STAR Community Rating System and its companion tools. They are also responsible for the review and verification of applications from cities,... Read More

Interested in becoming a STAR Accredited Professional?

STAR Communities is exploring the possibility of an accreditation program for sustainability-related professionals who want to show competency in the STAR Community Rating System. We would like you to help us gauge the general level of interest in pursuing a STAR-branded professional accreditation by completing this short survey of 28 questions, which should take about... Read More

Apply Now to Leadership Program

STAR Communities is pleased to announce the opportunity for U.S. cities, towns and counties to participate in the Spring 2015 Leadership STAR Community Program. The Leadership Program provides extensive staff support and services to a cohort of communities as they work through the STAR Community Rating System measuring local sustainability. Communities with high enough scores receive a... Read More

Announcing new Technical Advisory Group Members

STAR is proud to announce the 2014-2015 selections for the Technical Advisory Group. The purpose of the STAR Community Rating System Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is based on STAR’s guiding principle of continuous improvement.  The TAG’s mission is to enhance and where necessary clarify the STAR Community Rating System.  The group will address the following:... Read More

Chandler, AZ Recognized for 3-STAR Community Rating

Washington, D.C. (October 17, 2014) – Last night, during a concert in the park, STAR Communities recognized Chandler, Arizona for their 3-STAR Community Rating. The city is one of only 20 in the nation to achieve certification in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. “The City of... Read More

Alignment between STAR and ISO 37120

With the recent release of the ISO 37120 standard, “Sustainable development of communities – Indicators for city services and quality of life,” participating STAR communities have asked how these new international standards fit in to their work on the US-based STAR Community Rating System (STAR). In early June, STAR Communities conducted a gaps analysis of the... Read More


Washington, D.C. (September 19, 2014)- Today, the District of Columbia was awarded a 4-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The District is among 20 U.S. communities certified to date under the national STAR Community Rating System (STAR). This is a robust sustainability rating system for cities, towns, and counties that helps communities evaluate... Read More


Seattle, WA (September 10, 2014) – STAR Communities announced today that Seattle has been awarded a 5-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The City achieved the highest score to date, and is only the second in the nation to achieve the 5-STAR rating for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which... Read More