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City of Seattle, King County Selected as Pilot STAR Communities

The work of the City of Seattle and King County to make their operations more sustainable and help residents reduce their environmental impact has caught the attention of STAR Community Rating System.

Both Seattle and King County have been invited to participate in the STAR Community Pilot Program. The program will engage more than 30 leadership cities and counties from across North America in a year-long evaluation of the STAR Community Rating System.

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. The City’s ambitious goals for climate protection, energy, food, transportation, urban forestry, and related topics align closely to the goals and objectives of the STAR Community Rating System. 
Released in October, the STAR Community Rating System is the nation’s first voluntary, self-reporting framework for evaluating the 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
  • An online system that gathers, organizes, analyzes and presents information needed to meet sustainability goals