This post was written by Hilari Varnadore, executive director of STAR Communities. NLC is a core partner of the STAR Community Rating System.
Today STAR Communities announced that the City of Tacoma, WA has received a 4-STAR Community Rating in the STAR Community Rating System. They also have the distinct honor of becoming the first U.S. community to become certified.
Released last fall, the STAR Community Rating System (STAR) is an active roadmap and measuring system for community sustainability. Local leaders use STAR to assess how sustainable they are, set targets for moving ahead, and measure progress along the way.
STAR Communities met up with Tacoma’s Mayor Marilyn Strickland at NLC’s Congress of Cities to discuss their progress over the past year and to learn what’s next for the city. Check out this video with Mayor Strickland to learn more about their sustainability initiatives.
For Tacoma, certification is just the first step. Now that they have the city’s sustainability efforts organized in one place they anticipate developing plans and policies to address gaps that were revealed during the process and continuing to engage the diversity of government agencies and community partners that participated with them on their pathway to certification.
For cities and towns interested in participating in the STAR Community Rating System, go to www.STARcommunities.org and click on ‘Get Started’ to learn more.