STAR Communities is exploring the possibility of an accreditation program for sustainability-related professionals who want to show competency in the STAR Community Rating System. We would like you to help us gauge the general level of interest in pursuing a STAR-branded professional accreditation by completing this short survey of 28 questions, which should take about 15 minutes.
STAR’s framework defines sustainability broadly, encompassing a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for all residents now and in the future. Cities and counties use the rating system to evaluate their current levels of sustainability and chart a clear path toward a more sustainable future. There are currently 20 STAR-certified cities and counties in the US, with a total of 87 communities (40+ million people) using the rating system.
We have identified several potential benefits for individuals pursuing STAR accreditation, including:
- STAR accreditation can help professionals win work with local governments in the emerging and evolving field of sustainability.
- STAR accreditation can establish a common standard of competence through which people in a wide range of professions can demonstrate and communicate their knowledge of sustainability.
- Through STAR accreditation, professionals can differentiate themselves in sustainability work.
This survey will be open for one month, from today through Friday, January 9, 2015. We hope you will take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us. Your feedback is vital in helping us design relevant services that advance the mission and work of community sustainability!