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D.C. is Third in the Country (So Far)

Oct 27, 2014 09:05AM
DC is 3rd Best Washington D.C. has earned a national distinction on its attempt to become the most sustainable city in the nation, by receiving the third-highest rating among the 20 U.S. communities certified under the STAR Community Rating System (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. 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.

In a press release dated September 19, Mayor Vincent C. Gray noted, “This 4-STAR rating shows the progress we are making on our ‘Sustainable DC Plan’ and how we fare compared to other cities – many of them larger than us. The District consistently scores high on a host of city rankings for sustainability and quality of life. But none are as comprehensive as STAR, helping us understand where we are doing well and where we need to dedicate resources to become a truly sustainable city.”

According to Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director of STAR Communities. “Washington, DC is an excellent example of a city with a strong commitment to sustainability and to being transparent about progress toward its goals.” More than 80 communities are actively using the STAR Community Rating System, with more than 30 currently pursuing certification.

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.

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