STAR Communities toasted the 40th community to receive a certified STAR Community Rating at the opening night of the National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Nashville, TN (see the list of certified communities). Councillor Gill Sorg of Las Cruces, NM was joined by colleagues from Fort Collins, CO; St. Petersburg, FL; Rosemount, MN; Chandler, AZ; and Washington, DC who stopped by to celebrate the milestone.
In 2013, Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, WA was recognized for being the first US city to reach STAR certification. Then in 2014, 20 communities were acknowledged.
STAR’s successful uptake is in part due to its comprehensive approach to local sustainability. Local leaders seeking national standards and best practices can turn to the Rating System’s framework of 7 goals, 44 objectives and more than 500 measures as a guide for local implementation.
If you’re interested in certification, consider joining the STAR Leadership Program and receive full support as you go through the reporting process. Applications are being accepted through December 31, 2015. Go to the Leadership page for details.