The City of Evanston has been invited to participate in the STAR Community Pilot Program, which will track its sustainability efforts. The program taps nearly thirty leadership cities and counties from across North America in a year-long testing evaluation of the STAR Community Rating System. Evanston was the only community in Illinois selected for the pilot program.
Released October 1, 2012, the STAR Community Rating System (STAR: Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) is the nation’s first voluntary, self-reporting framework for evaluating, quantifying and improving the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. STAR uniquely combines: a framework for sustainability that includes social, economic and environmental qualities of a community; a rating system that drives continuous improvement and fosters competition; and an online system that gathers, organizes, analyzes and presents information needed to meet sustainability goals.
The STAR Community Rating System was developed through a multi-year, consensus-based process led by committee members. Technical advisory committees of experts from across the country determined scientifically valid, cost-effective ways of evaluating local government progress. A steering committee provided oversight and guidance. The result is a robust and comprehensive system that is flexible enough to serve both large and small towns – and their local leaders - as they begin their journey toward sustainability. To learn more about the pilot program, visit www.starcommunities.org.
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. 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 local communities establish and measure their own sustainability.