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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 practice globally, announced a new partnership with STAR Communities to address the needs of cities and communities around the world seeking a consistent framework for advancing sustainability.
Modeled after LEED, the world’s most widely used green building program, the STAR Community Rating System (STAR) was built by and for local governments and released as a pilot in 2012. Currently, there are nearly 70 communities across the U.S. certified through the program, including large cities like Houston, Texas, Phoenix, Ariz., and Columbus, Ohio; and smaller places like Northampton, Mass., Monroe County, Fla., and Dubuque, Iowa.
The goal is to integrate STAR into LEED for Communities and Cities in the near term to advance sustainable cities worldwide. LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities help communities and cities set goals, and implement sustainability strategies and plans to maintain and support these goals. The city or community then shares performance data to measure and track progress toward those goals.
“Local government leaders around the world have committed to pursuing strategies that have the ability to drive action and ensure a more sustainable future for us all,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, GBCI and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of LEED. “GBCI and STAR Communities are joining forces to deliver the most comprehensive program for cities and communities that will not only set them on a more sustainable path, but enable them to focus on and track performance and milestones.”
“Over the past five years, we have worked closely with local leaders and sustainability practitioners to deliver a framework and certification program that drives more effective, inclusive decision-making and results in more livable, resilient and just communities,” said Hilari Varnadore, executive director, STAR Communities. “The opportunity to work with GBCI and sister organizations USGBC and Arc will enable STAR to scale and serve as a catalyst and transformative tool toward more sustainable communities in the U.S. and beyond.”
In partnership, the organizations will endeavor to accelerate adoption of standards, strategies, and performance metrics that help foster market transformation and enhance environmental, economic and social outcomes across global cities and communities.
About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. www.gbci.org.
About STAR Communities
STAR Communities delivers national standards and strategies to advance sustainable communities. The organization administers the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), the nation’s leading framework and certification program for local sustainability. The concept for STAR emerged at Greenbuild in 2007. Founding partners, the U.S. Green Building Council, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and the Center for American Progress launched the concept in Chicago and established a formal partnership in 2008 that included the National League of Cities. Version 1.0 of STAR was released in pilot in 2012. For more information, visit www.STARcommunities.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @STARCommunities.
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