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STAR Communities is pleased to announce the opportunity for U.S. cities, towns and counties to participate in the Spring 2015 Leadership STAR Community Program. The Leadership Program provides extensive staff support and services to a cohort of communities as they work through the STAR Community Rating System measuring local sustainability. Communities with high enough scores receive a certified STAR Community Rating and are nationally recognized for their leadership in sustainability.

In the past two years, 58 cities and counties have participated in the Leadership Program. To date, 20 have achieved STAR certification with another 15-18 expected to certify this winter. Learn more and see what Leadership and Certified communities say about the program here. Applications for the Spring 2015 Leadership Program are due January 16, 2015.

Cost & Scholarship Opportunities
The cost of this one-year program is $7,500 and begins March 1, 2015. In partnership with The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN), STAR Communities will make available a limited number of need-based program fee scholarships to communities demonstrating compelling resource constraints and need.

For More Information
More information is available by downloading the Application and Leadership Program Info Kit or by visiting the STAR Communities website. You can also contact Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director at hilari@starcommunities.org to discuss.

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