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LEED for Cities & Communities LEED for Cities and Communities is the leading global rating system and certification program for evaluating sustainability and standard of living.
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LEED for Cities & Communities is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED for Cities & Communities is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Today, USGBC is pleased to announce that we’ve received a $500,000 grant from @BankofAmerica for our #LEED Cities and Co...
05/22/2019
U.S. Green Building Council Receives $500,000 Grant From Bank of America for LEED for Cities and Communities Program | U.S. Green Building Council

Today, USGBC is pleased to announce that we’ve received a $500,000 grant from @BankofAmerica for our #LEED Cities and Communities programs. Now 15 additional cities and communities can now pursue LEED v4.1 certification! bit.ly/2M1PHNm

U.S. Green Building Council Receives $500,000 Grant From Bank of America for LEED for Cities and Communities Program

Join A Webinar Tomorrow on New LEED for Cities and Communities Grants
03/06/2019
Join A Webinar Tomorrow on New LEED for Cities and Communities Grants

Join A Webinar Tomorrow on New LEED for Cities and Communities Grants

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the grant program USGBC and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation are now offering to local communities. For one thing, the grants will allow cities and counties to pursue #LEED certification and to grow their capacity to develop in smart, sustainab

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Hot off the presses! Our new Resilience Guide shows how the evaluation measures and best practices in the STAR Community...
07/13/2018
Download the STAR Resilience Guide | STAR Communities

Hot off the presses! Our new Resilience Guide shows how the evaluation measures and best practices in the STAR Community Rating System can be used to measure community-wide resilience. It features metrics, guidance, and case studies from certified STAR communities across the US! Download now at: http://www.starcommunities.org/download-the-star-resilience-guide

One of the top reasons that U.S. cities and counties come to STAR Communities is because they are looking for ways to understand buzzwords like sustainability and resiliency. Recently city and county officials have asked how the STAR Community Rating System relates to resilience and whether STAR’s...

Cities and counties are using the STAR framework and performance measures to build better data-sharing platforms! Learn ...
05/24/2018

Cities and counties are using the STAR framework and performance measures to build better data-sharing platforms! Learn more in this case study featuring Austin, TX; Cleveland, OH; and West Palm Beach, FL! bit.ly/2KLup0Y

Our latest case study details how Iowa City, IA and Las Vegas, NV have incorporated sustainability into their requests f...
05/02/2018
Case Study: Including Sustainability in Requests for Proposals | STAR Communities

Our latest case study details how Iowa City, IA and Las Vegas, NV have incorporated sustainability into their requests for proposals by using the STAR Community Rating System. The City of Iowa City Government City of Las Vegas Government http://ow.ly/jE2h30jNpuE

A Request For Proposal (RFP) is a contracting tool used by local governments to solicit ideas and bids for projects that will be completed either exclusively by a vendor or in collaboration with staff. These projects tend to have a limited duration with clearly articulated deliverables. They may req...

We are happy to congratulate our newest #CertifiedSTARCommunity the City of Bellevue, WA for their 4-STAR Community Rati...
04/20/2018

We are happy to congratulate our newest #CertifiedSTARCommunity the City of Bellevue, WA for their 4-STAR Community Rating. The region now includes four #CertifiedSTARCommunities including Bellevue, Washington City of Seattle City of Tacoma and King County, WA http://ow.ly/ApFe30jB2Kw

This spring, STAR has been busy engaging with our subscribers to further sustainability at workshops around the country....
04/16/2018
April Newsletter: Bringing stakeholders together to further sustainability

This spring, STAR has been busy engaging with our subscribers to further sustainability at workshops around the country. Learn about those and more in our April newsletter #STARCommunities http://ow.ly/tkTq30jvN7k

Pinellas County, FL has a long-standing commitment to tracking and documenting local sustainability progress. In 2006, the County became the first local government in Florida to be certified at the silver level under the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Green Local Government Program, and in 2...

With a population slightly above 20,000, Corinth residents have traditionally been content with their status as a bedroo...
03/01/2018

With a population slightly above 20,000, Corinth residents have traditionally been content with their status as a bedroom community in the booming Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Looking to manage and capitalize on the region’s tremendous growth, Corinth is now looking to the future and using STAR to integrate sustainability and livability into upcoming comprehensive and strategic plan updates.

Lori Levy, Senior Planner for Corinth, describes the city’s reasons for joining the Leadership Program, saying, “Achievement of STAR certification will provide a framework to help articulate our objectives and goals toward sustainability, and incorporate them into our Strategic Plan, Comprehensive Plan and Lynchburg Creek Flood Study, while also providing benchmarks and supporting new programs and initiatives, such as Storm Water Management (iSWM), SolSmart designation, and the Simple Recycling program, just to name a few.”

Read more in our latest blog: http://www.starcommunities.org/star-updates/planning-for-future-growth-in-corinth-tx/

Congratulations to PeoriaAZ ☀️ and Mayor Cathy Carlat on receiving a 3-STAR Community rating! This certification recogni...
02/27/2018
Peoria Achieves a 3-STAR Community Rating | STAR Communities

Congratulations to PeoriaAZ ☀️ and Mayor Cathy Carlat on receiving a 3-STAR Community rating! This certification recognizes Peoria's commitment to sustainable leadership. Peoria joins several other #CertifiedSTARCommunities in Arizona http://ow.ly/bMjD30iExiW

Peoria, Ariz. (February 27, 2018) – STAR Communities announced today that Peoria, AZ has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. Peoria is the 69th city in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community ...

02/23/2018
Reno recognized as a Certified 3-STAR Community for sustainability initiatives | STAR Communities

We are happy to announce the City of Reno's 3-STAR Community rating. Congratulations to the City and all the community partners that helped with the certification process. Reno joins other #STARCertified Nevada cities City of Henderson and City of Las Vegas http://ow.ly/jv8l30izD37

Reno, Nevada (February 22, 2018) — The Reno City Council and City Manager are proud to report that in 2017 the City of Reno became a Certified 3-STAR Community. STAR Communities® is a national framework for communities to measure progress toward a healthy environment, strong economy and improving...

Congratulations to Peoria, AZ on their 3-STAR rating. They join several other certified Arizona communities that are usi...
02/23/2018

Congratulations to Peoria, AZ on their 3-STAR rating. They join several other certified Arizona communities that are using the STAR framework to set goals and measure progress. We look forward to working with Peoria to continue this good work and improve your community!

The STAR Communities recognized the City of Peoria, AZ Community for promoting a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well being for all residents, now and for future generations.

This is yet another example of our commitment to responsible growth as we consider the future of our City.

The February STAR Communities newsletter is now out! Featuring a Q&A w/ dylansiegler from NRG Insight , #STARCertified c...
02/15/2018
February Newsletter: Powering Sustainable Communities, Today's Webinar & More Certifications

The February STAR Communities newsletter is now out! Featuring a Q&A w/ dylansiegler from NRG Insight , #STARCertified communities Devens, MA and Ann Arbor, MI City of Ann Arbor and much more! http://ow.ly/ir8p30iqpj2

Energy powers cities and counties. It provides light and heat. It runs most machines, large and small, stationary and transitory. It can be contained in batteries, used on site, or distributed via a grid. It can be generated by physical or chemical processes. And, per the first law of thermodynamics...

01/31/2018
Massachusetts’ Devens Community Achieves a 4-STAR Community Rating | STAR Communities

Congratulations to Devens, MA on their 4-STAR Community rating. Devens is the 70th certified STAR Community and the 4th in Massachusetts. Read more about their accomplishment and the highlights of their certification here: http://ow.ly/XSgT30i6Vvh

Devens, Mass. – STAR Communities announced today that Devens, Massachusetts, has been awarded a 4-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The community is the 70th in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Rating...

Read our January newsletter to learn about our newest #CertifiedSTARCommunities (City of Goleta and City of Columbia), u...
01/23/2018
January Newsletter: New certifications, upcoming webinars, and more...

Read our January newsletter to learn about our newest #CertifiedSTARCommunities (City of Goleta and City of Columbia), upcoming webinars, and more! http://ow.ly/41UR30hXiZV

On New Year’s Eve, there is a tradition of taking pause, thinking of the year ahead, and declaring resolutions. The most often cited resolutions involve eating healthier, getting fit, and ending vices, like smoking or excessive drinking.

01/08/2018
City of Durham, NC Government

A great feature on Durham's recent 4-STAR Community rating!

Durham has received national recognition from STAR Communities for our sustainability efforts. Find out more about our 4-STAR certification on Bull City Today.

01/02/2018
Goleta, CA Achieves a 3-STAR Community Rating | STAR Communities

We are excited to announce our newest certified STAR Community, Goleta, CA. Goleta was a part of the fall 2016 Leadership Program and is now a 3-STAR Community. Congrats to City of Goleta, a great way to kickoff 2018! http://ow.ly/pMbn30hxdQE

Goleta, CA – STAR Communities announced today that the City of Goleta (California) has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The city is the 65th in the nation to receive recognition from STAR Communities for its participation in the STAR Community Ratin...

12/20/2017
City of Columbia Achieves Certified 3-STAR Community Rating | STAR Communities

Congratulations to the City of Columbia Government, our newest #CertifiedSTARCommunity on their 3-STAR Rating and the first community in South Carolina to be STAR certified! Columbia began their certification process as part of the QuickSTARt program earlier this year http://ow.ly/It3e30hlwm0

Columbia, SC — The City of Columbia has been awarded a 3-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability by STAR Communities, a nonprofit organization that evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. The city is the first in South Carolina to receive certificat...

Congratulations to Durham, NC for being our newest certified 4-STAR Community. In addition, Durham is the very first com...
12/14/2017
Durham County Government

Congratulations to Durham, NC for being our newest certified 4-STAR Community. In addition, Durham is the very first community to certify under Version 2.0 of the STAR rating system. http://www.starcommunities.org/certification/certified-star-communities/durham-nc/

Durham has been recognized as a 4-STAR Community for national excellence in sustainability through the STAR Communities STAR Community Rating SystemTM, the nation’s leading framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability using standardized performance measures.

Learn more about this recent announcement at http://bit.ly/2yt9qco

Is your city or county considering becoming STAR Certified in 2018? Sign up for basic access today to get started with f...
11/28/2017
STAR Basic Access package Details | STAR Communities

Is your city or county considering becoming STAR Certified in 2018? Sign up for basic access today to get started with free tools bit.ly/2zO7O2s @STARCommunities #GivingTuesday2017

The STAR Basic Access package provides free tools and resources to help local governments to become more familiar with the STAR Community Rating System. These tools can be used to support local sustainability work and help a community to integrate sustainability into planning efforts.

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LEED for Cities and Communities is the leading global rating system and certification program for evaluating the sustainability and standard of living in a city or community. The rating system encompasses economic, environmental and social performance measures and provides a clear, data-driven means of benchmarking and communicating local progress.

Like the LEED rating systems for buildings, LEED for Cities and Communities is designed to be applicable at all phases of a city’s or community’s lifecycle. New or developing cities, existing cities, neighborhoods or districts in redevelopment -- all are examples of applicable projects. The flexible menu of standardized metrics and strategies in the rating system can be applied at various levels and stages of development, and allow for data to be rolled from the project level all the way up to a city or a larger regional level.

LEED for Cities and Communities is powered by the Arc reporting platform and includes a verified certification program. The resulting transparency and accountability of shared metrics and verified performance ensures a new generation of healthy, inclusive and prosperous places that offer people, businesses and nature an environment in which to thrive.

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