We have an exciting end of year announcement — in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), we have established the Leading STAR Community Indicators, a select subset of 21 metrics derived from the Rating System’s social, economic and environmental performance measures.
STAR Member Communities, along with members of USDN, have the exclusive opportunity to be the first to test-drive the Leading STAR Community Indicators this winter and then be included in the first annual “State of Local Sustainability” report, detailing key trends in US cities and counties!
Whether you are just getting started with STAR’s metrics or are already STAR Certified, the Leading STAR Community Indicators will help you communicate complex sustainability issues annually in a clear and meaningful way.
The Indicators are designed to:
- Provide communities with a simple way to get started with sustainability indicators;
- Offer guidance on metrics that are commonly important and obtainable;
- Enable benchmarking and annual reporting across many communities; and
- Leverage local government consensus to improve access to data in the United States.
Already 53 communities have committed or expressed interest through our partnership with the USDN, but we’re still looking for another 20 to join this exciting opportunity!
On January 7, 2016 from 2-3pm EST, we will hold an introductory briefing for STAR Member communities interested in learning more about the Indicators and what’s involved in the pilot program. This web-based program will include a brief introduction to the project, a short presentation from communities already engaged, and a live tutorial on how to access the Indicators’ reporting tool and enter data using 1 or 2 indicators as an example. We’ll also have time for some audience Q&A.
REGISTER HERE for the January 7 introductory briefing
There will also be a Q&A Session for all communities that commit to the pilot on Thursday, Feb 4, 2-3 pm ET. This will be an opportunity for pilot communities that have run into a technical issue and need some assistance to ask questions of STAR staff and share with their peers.
REGISTER HERE for the February 4 Q&A and technical assistance session
During the pilot, each participating community will receive access to:
- Leading STAR Community Indicators reporting tool for data entry between January 15 and March 15, 2016;
- Final dashboard tool prior to public release to edit text and upload images;
- Guide books to assist with data collection and reporting for the 21 Indicators;
- Limited technical assistance from STAR staff
- Inclusion in all outreach related to the release of the dashboard and Indicators in spring-fall 2016; and
- Inclusion in a report detailing trends in sustainability from this first-ever city/county indicators project.
Once the pilot concludes, access to the Indicators, reporting platform, and dashboard tools will be included with all STAR Member Community subscriptions and available to all U.S. cities and counties. We plan to release the pilot-tested tool and dashboard publicly in late spring 2016.
When you are ready to sign up for the Leading STAR Community Indicators pilot, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a request to be added to the list of pilots. Provide your name, email address, and community name. A member of STAR Communities’ staff will contact you within 24-48 hours to confirm participation and get you started.