STAR Community Rating


STAR Community Rating

In September 2014, the District received a four-STAR rating (out of five stars) by the STAR Community Rating System! At the time, this was the third highest rating in the country–534 points–also the highest rating at the four-STAR level.

About STAR

STAR, the nation’s first citywide sustainability rating system, helps communities evaluate themselves across seven areas such as the built environment, economy, health, and natural systems. More than 80 communities are actively using the STAR Community Rating System, with more than 30 currently pursuing certification.

The District government and several District-based organizations were fundamental in the formation and development of STAR, which took more than four years of analysis and planning by STAR staff and hundreds of volunteer experts. The U.S. Green Building Council and National League of Cities — both based in the District — were key partners in development. The Summit Foundation, also District-based, was an early and principal funder of the development process for this national platform to advance urban sustainability.

The District’s Score

The District far exceeded the 400 points necessary to achieve the 4-STAR rating, earning 534 points out of a possible 720, and fared particularly well in the areas of the built environment; economy and jobs; and education, arts, and community. One of only seven cities ranked at the 4-STAR level, the District was also awarded the highest 4-STAR rating to date, surpassing cities such as Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon.

Here is a summary of the points awarded to the District. Hundreds of initiatives were reported through 44 Objectives under seven major goal areas. In addition, the city received 43.8 out of 50 points in the 4 sections that makeup the Innovation & Process category, which serves as an avenue for discovering emerging and cutting edge practices that communities are implementing to improve sustainability outcomes.


STAR Goals and Objectives.DC

To see the full list of points earned by the District, visit the District of Columbia STAR Community page.

Next Steps

The assessment highlighted notable achievements, as well as areas for improvement. The District government will analyze the STAR results and focus on recommended areas for improvement. Using Sustainable DC as a foundation, and in partnership with community organizations and residents, the District will continue to implement strategies and programs to address areas of concern.

The District’s 4-STAR Community rating is effective for three years, at which point the city will be reevaluated.

A special thanks to our champions who led the effort!

  • Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Office of the City Administrator
  • District Department of the Environment
  • Office of Planning

Many thanks to our other partners who made the application possible!

  • Casey Trees
  • DC Board of Elections
  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • DC Fiscal Policy Institute
  • DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
  • DC Public Schools
  • DC Sustainable Energy Utility
  • DC Votes
  • DC Water
  • Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
  • Department of Employment Services
  • Department of General Services
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Department of Public Works
  • Department of Small and Local Business Development
  • District Department of Transportation
  • Eastern Research Group, Inc.
  • Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Homeland Security and Emergy Management Agency
  • Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
  • Metropolitan Police Department
  • Office on Aging
  • Office on African Affairs
  • Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
  • Office of Contracting and Procurement
  • Office of Human Rights
  • Office on Latino Affairs
  • Office of State Superindentant of Education
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
  • Office of the State Superindenent of Education
  • Public Service Commission
  • Serve DC, Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism
  • The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Washington Aqueduct
  • Washington Area Bicyclist Association
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Washington, DC Economic Partnership


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