USGBC and STAR Communities announce first rating system for sustainable communities
STAR Communities announced more than 30 North American cities and counties will be engaged in a year-long pilot to evaluate and test the first national rating system for community sustainability. In 2007, at Greenbuild in Chicago, the seed was planted to develop the STAR Community Rating System, and five years later, the system has been released and participating communities announced.
"Every local place has a unique vision for a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of the people living in that community," said Hilari Varnadore, director of STAR Communities. "Individual governments and leaders will always address their sustainability efforts in ways that work best for them. But the path to progress is now easier with the launch of the groundbreaking STAR Community Rating System."
Local community leaders will use the STAR Community Rating System to assess how sustainable they already are, set goals for moving ahead and measure progress along the way.
"This groundbreaking system — designed and built by local governments — is a huge accomplishment that will unleash local leadership in sustainability," said Jason Hartke, vice president for national policy at USGBC. "When we embarked on this effort five years ago, we wanted to accelerate the great work cities and counties were doing to create strong, sustainable and more resilient communities. Today, the future is now, and local governments have a comprehensive sustainability roadmap that they can use to accelerate action, foster leadership, and inspire innovation."
STAR Pilot Communities will be the first to receive a rating based on their responses using a Technical Guide, Online Reporting Tool, and associated products and services that are designed to help communities establish and measure their own sustainability.