STAR Communities certifies communities that are leaders in local sustainability.
STAR Communities certifies sustainable communities through the STAR Community Rating System, which assesses economic, environmental, and social performance measures . The eight categories are Built Environment; Climate & Energy; Economy & Jobs; Education, Arts, & Community; Equity & Empowerment; Health & Safety; Natural Systems; and Innovation & Process. Three certification levels are possible - 3-STAR, 4-STAR, and 5-STAR Community designations. The City of Plano became a 4-STAR Certified Community in May 2015.