Evanston First U.S. City to Recertify in STAR Version 2.0

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 9:59 pm

EVANSTON, Ill. -- STAR Communities announced that the city of Evanston, Ill., has maintained its certified 4-STAR Community Rating through recertification in the STAR Community Rating System. The city first certified in 2014 and is the first to recertify under version 2.0 of the nation’s leading framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability.

"In order for Evanston to be the most livable community, we must continue to evolve by advancing equitable, sustainable and innovative practices," said Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty, who announced the city’s recertification in his State of the City Address on March 9, 2018. "For our city to be the first community to achieve recertification as a STAR Community under the latest version is a great accomplishment. Evanston is committed to remaining a leader in climate action and resilience."

STAR helps communities evaluate their strengths and weaknesses across seven areas: the built environment; climate and energy; economy and jobs; education, arts and community; health and safety; and natural systems. Communities receive credit for improving community conditions as well as implementing local actions that move the needle on change. STAR Communities supports cities, towns and counties as they benchmark progress, and a robust third-party verification process ensures accountability.

Communities pursuing STAR certification accumulate points for their achievements across the seven goal areas, which are used to determine their rating. There are three STAR certification levels: 3-STAR Community; 4-STAR Community; or 5-STAR. Evanston received a score of 511.8, which qualifies them as a 4-STAR Community, recognized for national excellence.

"The city of Evanston has embedded sustainability into the organization’s DNA. By committing to recertification, the city is tracking progress over time then prioritizing investment based on real results. They are making data-driven decisions and taking a triple bottom line approach to governance," said STAR Communities Executive Director, Hilari Varnadore. "Communities around the country should look to them for guidance on how to operate efficiently and effectively, while meeting social, economic and environmental goals."

SOURCE: STAR Communities

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