STAR Communities is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Leading STAR Community Indicators data collection period. The Leading Indicators consist of 21 metrics based on the STAR Community Rating System and are organized into an online platform where communities can annually report and compare their results with other participating communities. In 2016, a cohort of pilot communities worked with STAR Communities to refine the indicators. Their 2016 reports can now be viewed on the online dashboard.
All subscribing STAR Communities are now invited to begin working on their 2017 reports. The 2017 Leading Indicators methodology guide can be found on the resources page within STAR’s online reporting tool. Communities have until the end of the year to gather and enter data into the dashboard. In the fall of 2017, STAR Communities will publish its inaugural State of Communities report based upon data gathered from the 2017 Leading Indicators reports. In order to be a part of this report, STAR Communities encourages cities and counties to submit data before June 30th.
The Leading Indicators draw data from a variety of sources. This means that not all data sources are published at this time, but all will be later this spring. Several indicators can be completed now; the 5 indicators that rely directly on Census data and the flexible indicators, such as GHG Emissions, Access to Healthful Food, or Designated Green Infrastructure can all be completed.
For communities that submitted reports in 2016, there are a few things to take note of:
- Participants will see trend lines on their individual community dashboard pages;
- The sources and methodologies were kept the same as 2016 so true apples-to-apples comparisons are possible;
- The 2017 methodology guide provides more clarity around the data years that need to be reported for each indicator; and
- A new STAR-provided worksheet was created for Indicator 8 to help calculate the percent of renewable energy generated and allow for reporting based on a renewable portfolio standard.
Rough estimates for timing of data releases are described in the methodology guide and in the data collection worksheet. STAR staff will also be checking weekly on the availability of data and notify participants when available. If you are not yet a STAR subscriber and would like to be involved in the Leading Indicators, please review subscription information here.