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Goleta, CA: Certified 3-STAR Community

Cindy Moore, Sustainability Coordinator for Goleta shares their STAR story. City of Goleta staffers were inspired to pursue STAR Certification because it focuses specifically on local governments and provides a comprehensive approach to defining sustainability. The City of Goleta will be developing its first sustainability plan and is looking forward to using the STAR framework to begin a... Read More

Columbia, SC: Certified 3-STAR Community

Mary Pat Baldauf, Sustainability Facilitator for Columbia shares their STAR story. In 2015, Columbia’s community development director indirectly introduced the City to STAR by asking whether Columbia was a sustainable community. She was working on a grant, and sustainable communities that had achieved STAR certification received extra points. She paid the City’s membership fee to pursue certification. Sadly,... Read More

STAR Q&A with Dylan Siegler on Powering Sustainable Cities

This month we hear from Dylan Siegler, Sustainability Specialist with NRG Energy and STAR Communities Board Member. Ms. Siegler recently wrote “Powering Sustainable Cities: Key Trends and Pathways to Success for City Leaders,” a white paper from NRG’s Sustainable Energy Advisory. The white paper examines how local public sector leaders are tackling the challenge of... Read More

Massachusetts’ Devens Community Achieves a 4-STAR Community Rating

Recognized for National Excellence Devens, Mass. – STAR Communities announced today that Devens, Massachusetts, has been awarded a 4-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The community is the 70th in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which evaluates the livability and... Read More

STAR Objective Spotlight: HS-1: Active Living

Healthy Living in 2018 On New Year’s Eve, there is a tradition of taking pause, thinking of the year ahead, and declaring resolutions. The most often cited resolutions involve eating healthier, getting fit, and ending vices, like smoking or excessive drinking. To ring in 2018, this month STAR Communities is featuring Healthy Living factors from... Read More

Goleta, CA Achieves a 3-STAR Community Rating

City Recognized for Sustainability Leadership Goleta, CA – STAR Communities announced today that the City of Goleta (California) has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The city is the 65th in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which... Read More

City of Columbia Achieves Certified 3-STAR Community Rating

Becomes the First South Carolina Community Certified with Sustainability Rating Columbia, SC — The City of Columbia has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability by STAR Communities, a nonprofit organization that evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. The city is the first in South Carolina to receive certification.... Read More

STAR Objective Spotlight: HS-4: Food Access & Security

In November, it is a tradition for family and friends in the United States to gather to commemorate the first Thanksgiving. Food Banks solicit donations and meal staples are generously distributed to those in need. This generosity is based on the notion that such giving, by families with abundance, will help the hungry meet their... Read More

Press release: GBCI and STAR Announce New Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Green Business Certification Inc. Partners with STAR Communities to Help Cities, Communities Reach Sustainability Goals STAR to be integrated with LEED for Communities and Cities in the near term Washington, D.C. – (November 7, 2017) – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business performance and... Read More

Denton Awarded 3-STAR Community Rating

City Identified as a Leader in Sustainability DENTON, TX, Oct. 20, 2017 – The City of Denton has been awarded the 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The city received this recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), the nation’s leading framework and certification program for local sustainability and livability... Read More