Next up in green ratings is the Star community rating system. Version 1.0 was released at the annual meeting of the US Urban Sustainability Directors Network in Portland, Oregon, at the end of September and it will have a general release of all products & services in March.
It’s the first voluntary framework for evaluating & quantifying the sustainability of US communities, combining:
- a framework for sustainability that covers the social, economic & environmental dimensions of community
- a rating system that drives continuous improvement and fosters competition, and
- an online system that gathers, organises, analyses & presents information required to meet sustainability goals.
The concept was launched in 2007 at Greenbuild by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the US Green Building Council and the Centre for American Progress. The National League of Cities joined the programme in 2008, when a formal partnership was established, and Star Communities was incorporated in 2012.
The Urban Sustainability Directors Networkis a private professional network of municipal government sustainability professionals intended to make it easier to exchange information & collaborate.
Link: Star Communities
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Attribution: Star Communities release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.