The STAR Community Rating System (STAR) is the nation’s first voluntary, self-reporting framework for evaluating, quantifying, and improving the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. STAR rates communities on a 5-point scale and awards leadership certifications for 3-, 4-, and 5-star ratings. Local governments use the STAR certification process to engage stakeholders, catalyze local action, strengthen local programs, and implement solutions to pressing environmental, social, and economic challenges. In the process, they improve the sustainability, resilience, and livability of their communities
City of West Hollywood STAR Certification Process
In 2018, RS&H performed a STAR Community Rating system feasibility assessment for the City of West Hollywood, California. The purpose of the assessment was to evaluate the feasibility of the City pursuing STAR certification and determine the point score and certification level the City could likely achieve, based on its existing programs.
Through a combination of online research and review of data requested from the City, RS&H identified the City’s sustainability policies, programs, and data that support STAR goal areas. This process gave the city more control over its sustainability policies, metrics, and data. It also served as an important step towards STAR certification for the city, which will result in valuable recognition and awareness of West Hollywood’s sustainability program.
In the process, RS&H documented contacts, information sources, and data needed to complete the STAR application process. Throughout, we coordinated with city staff and provided reports and presentations to inform them of project progress and results. Based on the results of this Feasibility Assessment, the City of West Hollywood is well positioned to pursue and achieve a 3-STAR Certification Level. STAR certification will allow the city to demonstrate regional leadership and receive public recognition for the community’s sustainability programs and initiatives.