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STAR Communities project

STAR Communities Project

The City of Winston Salem is on its way to becoming a STAR certified community with the help of the Leadership STAR Community Program. After completing this program, the STAR certification will provide the city with a rating of three, four, or five stars by May 2017. Our city has the chance to be placed on the ever-growing list of cities to be certified, and join Raleigh as the only other North Carolina city to be certified.

Star Project inputWhat is STAR?
STAR Communities is a nonprofit organization that works to evaluate, improve, and certify sustainable communities. STAR helps cities and counties achieve a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for their residents. The STAR Community Rating System is the nation’s first comprehensive framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability, encompassing economic, environmental and social performance measures.  Local leaders use the rating system’s evaluation measures to assess their current level of sustainability, set targets for moving ahead, and measure progress along the way. 

What is the Leadership Program?
The Leadership STAR Community Program is an annual technical assistance program that supports a cohort of cities, towns, and counties as they collect and report data in order to receive their first certified STAR Community Rating. Leadership STAR Communities have extensive access to STAR Communities staff and on-call experts, online tools, training programs (both web-based and in-person), and other services associated with the STAR Community Rating System.

STAR CollaborationWhy STAR?
Sustainability means different things to different people, so STAR provides a clear, data-driven approach to assessing communities’ sustainability efforts. The STAR framework helps communities assess their efforts in certain key areas and define sustainability for themselves. This framework allows communities to track their progress from year to year as well as compare progress with other communities participating in this same program.

What does this mean for Winston-Salem? 
The STAR Community Rating System will be able to provide us with a road map to help evaluate, assess and improve our community’s economic, environmental, and social performance measures and become healthier and stronger together. The hope is for community leaders to use STAR to set a clear path for sustainability, and measure and track progress towards meaningful results that save money and improve this community.


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