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    Memphis gets high marks for sustainability

    Meagan Nichols


    Memphis-Shelby County can add a new achievement to its resume.

    The Bluff City received a 4-STAR Community Rating for its “national excellence in sustainability.” STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating.

    Points are accumulated based on eight areas: Built Environment, Climate and Energy, Economy and Jobs, Education, Arts and Community, Equity & Empowerment, Health & Safety, Natural Systems and Innovation and Process Credits.

    The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability worked with Global Green USA to gather the necessary data for certification. A grant from the Surdna Foundation helped make the 6-month process possible.

    "Memphis-Shelby County participated in this program to establish a benchmark of our performance in sustainability from the inception of the Sustainability Shelby plan to today," said John Zeanah, administrator of the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability in a release."From the STAR process we learned about where we are succeeding and where we can improve."

    STAR Communities is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that “works to evaluate, improve and certify sustainable communities.”

    Rating System

    • 3-STAR 200 to 399 points
    • 4-STAR 400 to 599 points
    • 5-STAR 600 and above.