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STAR Community Rating System


National experts and partners worked together to make the STAR Community Rating System the first national framework for local community sustainability efforts. Every community has a unique vision and needs, so individual governments address their sustainability plans in ways that work best for them. The online Rating System is an active roadmap and a measuring system. Local leaders can use the Rating System to assess how sustainable they already are, set goals for moving ahead and measure progress along the way – all through easy to follow goals online


The rating system provides communities with a framework for sustainability encompassing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of community. Attaining a certified STAR Community Rating drives continuous improvement and fosters competition among local governments. STAR is supported by an online reporting tool that gathers, organizes, and presents information required to meet sustainability goals.

Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Accountability, Accreditation, Active Living, Air Quality, Assessment, Best Practice, Community Assessment, Community Design, Community Gardens, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Evaluation, Healthy Food Access, Informatics, Injury Prevention, Land Use, Natural Disaster, Nutrition, Performance Indicators, Physical Activity, Planning, Traffic Safety, Transportation Planning, Vulnerable Populations, Water Quality, Workforce Competency


Institutional Author:

STAR Communities





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