Indianapolis receives 4-STAR rating for sustainability

Indianapolis receives 4-STAR rating for sustainability
Posted at 2:40 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 14:40:34-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The city of Indianapolis has earned a 4-STAR rating for its efforts in promoting and maintaining sustainability.

The rating from STAR Communities recognizes the city’s national excellence in promoting a healthy environment, strong economy and well-being of its residents.

“I am proud to see Indianapolis recognized as a 4 STAR Community,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Our work toward the sustainability of our community is far from over. I am confident that the committed residents, collaborative spirit, and culture of innovation that makes our city special will ensure a vibrant Indianapolis for generations to come.”

The city of Indianapolis was first certified by STAR Communities in 2012 as one of the pilot communities for the rating system.

In January of 2014, Indianapolis was awarded a 3-STAR Community Certification with a score of 369. Over the past three years, the city’s sustainability efforts have raised that score to a 506 – which puts Indianapolis in the highest level with a 4-STAR rating.

“A thriving natural environment and local economy are essential to a community full of healthy, happy residents,” said Director of Sustainability Katie Lineweaver Robinson. “The Office of Sustainability will continue to drive improvements in these areas in neighborhoods across Indianapolis, and throughout the City-County enterprise.”

STAR Communities is a national nonprofit that evaluates and certifies communities based on their sustainability efforts. The organization uses a 500 point rating system to evaluate each community on their performance in business development and retention, infill and redevelopment, community cohesion and local innovation as well as a number of other areas.

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