The Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating (STAR) Community Rating System is the nation’s leading certification program for community sustainability.
STAR Celebration — Tuesday, August 28
4–5:30 p.m. // City Hall Basement Training Room
Join City staff and community partners to celebrate sustainability achievements, explore data, and give input on what's next. The event will feature light snacks and giveaways (countertop compost buckets, LED light bulbs, travel utensils, steel pint cups). The event will transition to the 5:30 p.m. City Council meeting with a presentation on STAR Communities to Council.
The STAR rating system is comprised of eight goal areas covering 49 objectives. STAR distributes points for outcomes achieved or actions taken in each objective. Outcomes are aspirational levels of achievement. Actions — such as partnerships, education, policies, practices, and assessments — move a community in the direction of an outcome.
City Performance and Plan
- Cedar Rapids' 4-STAR Report (pdf)
- Summary Infographic (pdf)
- Sustainable City Government Plan Timeline (pdf)
- Built Environment
- Climate & Energy
- Economy & Jobs
- Education, Arts & Community
- Equity & Empowerment
- Health & Safety
- Natural Systems
City staff submitted more than 500 data points reflecting the City's diverse initiatives and accomplishments to complete the STAR application. The submission highlighted many successful green initiatives, including projects like the Middle Cedar Partnership Project, the Stormwater Cost-Share Program, and the MICRO loan program. Individuals from throughout the City’s many departments, community partners, the iGreenCR Team, and other stakeholders have been key supporters in these initiatives and the data collection.
In all, Cedar Rapids earned 458.5 points to achieve a 4-STAR rating. Cedar Rapids is the sixth Iowa community to earn STAR certification and the first under the expanded Version 2.0. Iowa has the nation’s second-most STAR Communities, tied with Texas. Florida is first with seven. In Iowa, STAR Communities include Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque, Des Moines, Charles City, and Davenport.
Download Overview (pdf)
City Council and staff can now use the STAR assessment to make more informed decisions for our community and continue this vision of excellence for future generations. Moving forward, we will align insights from the report with Council priorities and key City planning documents such as EnvisionCR to create Cedar Rapids’ first Sustainable City Government Plan. Download the timeline (pdf).
City staff identify statements that form City's sustainability ethos.
- STAR OUTREACH
Celebration of achievements; input on remaining STAR actions and existing plan alignment
Create metrics and goals using STAR and EnvisionCR
Begin work on Sustainable City Government Plan priorities
Sustainability Integration Committee (SIC): Tasked with completing the STAR assessment and then building our Sustainable City Government Plan, SIC members include:
- Co-chair, Steve Hershner, Utilities Director
- Co-chair, Jennifer Pratt, Community Development Director
- Sandi Fowler, Assistant City Manager
- Eric Holthaus, Sustainability Coordinator
- Maria Johnson, Communications Manager
- Kevin Ciabatti, Building Services Director
- Casey Drew, Finance Director
- Jen Winter, Public Works Director
- Sven Leff, Parks and Recreation Director
- Mark English, Fire Chief
- Dara Schmidt, Library Director
- Marty Lenss, Airport Director