The STAR Community Index is a new framework for improving the livability and sustainability of US communities. Similar to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for “green” buildings, the STAR Community Index will provide municipalities with indicators and metrics that will help local governments set priorities and maximize their investments in environmental, social, and economic effectiveness. Communities will also have the opportunity to certify their achievements through independent, third-party verification.
The development of the STAR system has been overseen and funded by three organizations—ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, the US Green Building Council, and the Center for American Progress—and has involved an extensive, consensus-based stakeholder engagement process. Meridian Institute assisted with this process by facilitating the inaugural steering committee meeting, the 2010 Annual Retreat, and the 2009 Technical Advisory Committee retreats at the Wingspread Conference Center. The STAR system is due to be piloted in 2010. Additional information can be found at http://www.icleiusa.org/star.