Information Meeting on Evanston's STAR Communities Application Process October 15

Posted on Tuesday Oct 08, 2013 in Sustainability

The City of Evanston Office of Sustainability will host an information meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15 to provide an update on the City’s data collection process for the STAR Communities Pilot Program. The meeting will be held in the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center in Room 2404.

The City of Evanston is participating in the STAR Community Pilot Program, which is a year-long process of tracking and measuring the community’s sustainability efforts and will result in a community sustainability rating under the new STAR Communities Rating System. The meeting will include an overview of the STAR Communities Rating System, Evanston’s process and progress toward collecting data and insights into the initial data collection efforts.

The STAR Community Rating System (STAR: Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) is the nation’s first voluntary, self-reporting framework for evaluating, quantifying and improving the livability and 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; and an online system that gathers, organizes, analyzes and presents information needed to meet sustainability goals.

Community members and organizations who are involved with programs and services that contribute to a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of the community are encouraged to attend. City staff will be available to explain specific data needs from community organizations and answer questions regarding current data requests.

The STAR Community Rating System was developed through a multi-year, consensus-based process led by a technical advisory and steering committee. Technical advisory committees of experts from across the country determined scientifically valid, cost-effective ways of evaluating local government progress. A steering committee provided oversight and guidance. The result is a robust and comprehensive system that is flexible enough to serve both large and small towns – and their local leaders – as they begin their journey toward sustainability. To learn more about the pilot program, visit www.starcommunities.org. As a STAR Pilot Community, the City of Evanston will be in the first group of communities nationwide to receive a sustainability rating.

Questions about Evanston’s participation in the STAR Communities Pilot Program can be directed to sustainability@cityofevanston.org.