STAR Communities Releases Climate Change Guide

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Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 7:20 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- STAR Communities has released the latest online resource to help communities tackle climate change. The guide, called Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation: Using the STAR Community Rating System to prioritize planning and make decisions, or Climate Change Guide, utilizes the STAR Community Rating System to offer comprehensive and user-friendly guidance to advance local government efforts toward climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, hundreds of U.S. mayors signaled their intent to assume a leadership role in combating climate change. The challenge now for local leaders is to go beyond a pledge and implement substantive actions. STAR’s Climate Change Guide provides step-by-step guidance, checklists, messaging support and links to numerous other climate resources for communities working in the climate change space.

"My city of West Palm Beach is at the leading edge of the fight against climate change. Our work with STAR Communities has helped us organize our efforts and identify priorities for climate change adaptation and mitigation," said Mayor Jeri Muoio, city of West Palm Beach, Fla. "Their new Climate Change Guide is a great resource for any community ready to take a more active role in reducing GHG emissions and increasing community sustainability."

STAR Communities developed the Climate Change Guide with support from local leaders and members of its technical and governance committees. The guide draws upon strategies and best practices in the STAR Community Rating System and the experiences of over 60 STAR-certified communities.

Communities can use the Climate Change Guide to support new climate action planning, expand existing efforts, implement climate pledges, and advocate for new efforts. Specifically, it supports communities to:

  • Make informed and supported climate action decisions;
  • Sort through and prioritize the many potential climate action strategies and actions;
  • Identify and categorize community systems for climate efforts;
  • Align climate efforts to existing priority areas;
  • Build support and develop narratives that highlight climate action’s multiple co-benefits; and
  • Lay out a plan for comprehensive climate action.

The Climate Change Guide is applicable to all U.S. communities and includes local perspectives, community examples, and trends in climate action for new and developing sustainability programs, wet and dry climates, and high- and low-density communities.

SOURCE: STAR Communities

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