Since its release in fall 2012, more than 50 towns, cities, and counties have been certified under the STAR Community Rating SystemTM (STAR), with hundreds of others actively using the framework to guide local planning, decision-making, and investment. The rating system’s metrics and methods have inspired local leaders to be more inclusive, make equitable investments, advance work on climate, integrate health into sustainability considerations, collaborate within and across departments, and build broader community support, both with residents and the business community.
STAR is based on a guiding principle of continuous improvement. In the summer of 2015, STAR staff, along with members of STAR’s Board of Directors, Steering Committee, Technical Advisory Group, On-Call Advisors, and other subject experts, began the process of comprehensively reviewing the most current version of the Rating System (Version 1.2) and its companion document, the Technical Guide. This effort involved reflecting on lessons learned through the certification process and incorporating new and emerging best practices.
STAR is pleased to announce the result of this year-long process, the proposed STAR Community Rating System Version 2.0, is now available for Public Review and Comment. The 30-day public comment period for Version 2.0 runs from June 15-July 15, 2016.
STAR is seeking to streamline the comment submission process so that all comments can be addressed. Stakeholders and other interested parties wishing to submit comments on the STAR Community Rating System Version 2.0 should do so using the public comment form on our website. If you have comments on multiple measures, please use this Excel-based template to document the comments and upload this document with your submission.
The STAR team welcomes your thoughtful feedback and looks forward to distributing the updated Rating System and Technical Guide this fall!
To be considered, all comments must be received by July 15, 2016.