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Case Study: Bringing Equity into the Sustainability Conversation

Featuring Dubuque, Iowa STAR certification provides a clear, data-driven approach to assessing a community’s sustainability efforts. The baseline assessment achieved through certification is an important first step to advancing community-wide sustainability, as it often reveals areas for improvement. Certified STAR communities are digging into their certification results and finding the tools to engage partners and... Read More

Using STAR to shape a new sustainability program: Reno, NV

  When Lynne Barker started as the first sustainability director for the City of Reno in 2015, one of her first tasks was to get a sense of where Reno stood in regards to sustainability. To conduct a comprehensive baseline of community conditions, she turned to the STAR Community Rating System and its certification program.... Read More

Evanston, IL First U.S. City to Recertify in STAR Version 2.0

City maintains certified 4-STAR Community Rating Evanston, IL – STAR Communities announced today that the city of Evanston has maintained its certified 4-STAR Community Rating through recertification in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR). The city first certified in 2014 and is the first to recertify under version 2.0 of the nation’s leading framework and... Read More

Alignment between STAR and the SDGs

This is the first in a multi-part series exploring the potential relationship between the STAR Community Rating System and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2015, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution establishing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the intent of creating a more sustainable world by 2030. As part of the resolution, the UN identified... Read More

Planning for future growth in Corinth, TX

Corinth gets a quick start to STAR certification In October 2017, the City of Corinth, TX was accepted into the STAR Leadership Program, which supports cities and counties as they get organized around the rating system then collect and report data in order to receive their first certified STAR Community Rating. With a population slightly... Read More

Peoria Achieves a 3-STAR Community Rating

City Recognized for Sustainability Leadership Peoria, Ariz. (February 27, 2018) – STAR Communities announced today that Peoria, AZ has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. Peoria is the 69th city in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which... Read More

Reno recognized as a Certified 3-STAR Community for sustainability initiatives

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Reno, Nevada (February 22, 2018) — The Reno City Council and City Manager are proud to report that in 2017 the City of Reno became a Certified 3-STAR Community. STAR Communities® is a national framework for communities to measure progress toward a healthy environment, strong economy and improving the well being... Read More

STAR Objective Spotlight: Energy Supply and Efficiency

Energy powers cities and counties. It provides light and heat. It runs most machines, large and small, stationary and transitory. It can be contained in batteries, used on site, or distributed via a grid. It can be generated by physical or chemical processes. And, per the first law of thermodynamics, it can neither be created... Read More

Ann Arbor, MI: Certified 4-STAR Community

Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator for Ann Arbor, MI shares their STAR story. The City of Ann Arbor has been a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network for 8 years and has followed the growth of STAR. While the idea of developing a uniform set of metrics across cities has great appeal, we struggled for several years... Read More

Devens, MA: Certified 4-STAR Community

Neil Angus, Environmental Planner for Devens shares the community’s STAR story. As a former military base, Devens has always had a commitment to sustainable redevelopment. This commitment stemmed from an initial planning charrette in the early 1990’s when the closure of Devens was announced. The surrounding towns of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Lancaster, along with numerous... Read More