Earlier this month, the City of Indianapolis, IN became the first Certified STAR Community to recertify under the STAR Community Rating System! The city was able to improve its score by over 100 points and moved from being a Certified 3-STAR Community to the 4-STAR level.
David Hirschle of the Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability shared how the city plans to use the certification moving forward. “The City of Indianapolis will use its STAR certification, as it has in the past, to demonstrate to funders the city’s position on sustainability. Those overseeing the Partners for Places grant offered by The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network have confirmed that the STAR Community Rating System certification can serve as the Sustainability Plan for purposes of applying for their grant. Using the STAR certification, the city applied for and was awarded this grant in Round 7,” said Hirschle.
In 2012, Indianapolis was part of STAR’s inaugural pilot program with over 30 other communities and was among the first communities in the nation to become STAR certified. Indianapolis achieved a 3-STAR Community Rating in January of 2014. STAR certifications last for four years, but Indianapolis chose to initiate the recertification process early. The city recertified under Version 1.2 of the STAR Community Rating System.