Sustainable M.I. is asking that the Mercer Island City Council adopt the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), the U.S.'s leading 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. STAR was developed for local governments by local governments. Released in October 2012, STAR represents a milestone in the national movement to create more livable communities for all. The rating system’s evaluation measures collectively define community-scale sustainability, and present a vision of how communities can become more healthy, inclusive, and prosperous across seven goal areas. The system’s goals and objectives provide a vocabulary that local governments and their communities can use to more effectively strategize and define their sustainability planning efforts.
The intent of the rating system is to help communities identify, validate, and support implementation of best practices to improve sustainable community conditions. Built on the guiding principle of continuous improvement, STAR will evolve to remain the leading framework for local sustainability. There is recognition that the content of the rating system may change over time to embrace innovation, apply new research, or adapt to changing conditions in the field of community sustainability. All updates to the rating system will strive to create a consistent system that is both rigorous and accessible to local government applicants and their partners.
Learn more about STAR communities here.