Tuesday January 14, 2014
With the goal of becoming nationally certified as a sustainable community, Louisville has been selected to be mentored through the non-profit, Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating (STAR) Communities, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.
Louisville is one of 19 cities to be given the honor. The city’s Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Louisville Sustainability Council, which will play a vital role in the STAR data collection and management process. Communities with certification receive national recognition and are seen as leaders in city sustainability.
Sustain Louisville, the city’s environmental plan, identified STAR as the primary benchmarking tool that would provide a new way to measure Louisville’s sustainability strengths and needs. STAR will help collect information that will provide the basis for 44 sustainability metrics, such as green market development, community water systems, and indoor air quality.
“This program is the perfect complement to the city’s continuous improvement efforts and will give us a measurable way to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability,” Fischer said.
STAR is the nation’s first standardized framework for evaluating the sustainability of cities. Its comprehensive set of local environmental, economic and social metrics was developed by more than 200 technical experts in order to drive competition and continuous improvement in city sustainability results and practices.
“We pursued the STAR program because it provides a methodology that will help ensure our sustainability goals are measurable as well as elevate our sustainability efforts on a national level,” said city sustainability director Maria Koetter. “We were fortunate to receive a scholarship from STAR Communities and funding from the Louisville Sustainability Council to make participation possible. Joining STAR marks another milestone to make Louisville among the greenest cities in the country.”
Louisville received a $10,125 scholarship, and Louisville Sustainability Council is contributing $1,875 for the city to participate in the program.
STAR Communities helps cities and counties achieve meaningful sustainability through the first national framework for local community efforts. Incorporated in Washington, DC, our mission is to advance a national framework for sustainable communities through the delivery of standards and tools built by and for local governments and the communities they serve.