Resilience: it’s a hot topic on the minds of local leaders these days. Whether it’s a rust belt city dealing with economic shocks from changing industries, a west coast town battling droughts and wildfires, or a coastal county responding to rising sea levels, cities and counties across the United States are increasingly aware of the importance of preparing for and adapting to changing conditions. This is important not just to be able to bounce back quickly after a crisis, but to recover in a way that increases sustainability and quality of life for all residents.
One of the top reasons that U.S. cities and counties come to STAR Communities is because they are looking for ways to understand buzzwords like sustainability and resiliency. Recently city and county officials have asked how the STAR Community Rating System relates to resilience and whether STAR’s metrics and best practices can be used to measure community-wide resilience.
To answer this question, we’ve put together a new publication, Measuring Community Resilience with the STAR Community Rating System.
This new guide shows how you can use STAR’s framework of goals, objectives, and evaluation measures to better understand and baseline community conditions, set goals for improvement, identify best practices, and measure progress over time. It also includes metrics and case studies that communities can use to measure local resilience, recognize connected community systems, learn about best practices, and start setting a path towards becoming a more resilient and sustainable community. Download the guide today!